If you feel worried, anxious and stressed...
Some of these suggestions may work for you:
- Take Action - evaluate all your options, then make a decision and act on it. There is often something you can practically do about a situation you are worried or anxious about. Consider each worry one by one, Then ask yourself, on a scale of 1 – 10 (where 1 is slightly worrying and 10 is extremely worrying) How important is this worry? if its under 5, release it for another day.
- Positive Thinking - ban the word 'worry'... and say concern, issue, problem dilemma, challenge instead.
- Talk to friends - they may be able to suggest a possible course of action or solution. Worry is often a habit, doing a ‘reality check’ with others can help you to change your thinking from negative to positive
- Write it down! - Worrying often happens when you are trying to go to sleep. Keep a notepad by the bed, write it down and tell yourself you will deal with it in the morning.
- Relaxation - this is another excellent way to cultivate the habit of postponing worry. Talk to yoru acupuncturist about relaxation breath techniques, body movements, and mindful exercises
- Physical activity - Regular exercise helps improve mood and encourages sense of well-being. It’s good for the heart as well as the head! Exercise changes the focus from the mind to the body by relieving tension and metabolising excess adrenalin. You don't have to become a cardio gym pro, a good steady walk outdoors is effective too.
- Improve your diet - Eating well at regular intervals can help stablise blood sugar levels,avoiding jittery feelings that contribute to your state of mind. Alcoho, caffeinel and smoking affect mood.... so consider reducing or stopping if worry and stress is really getting to you. And ask your acupuncturist or nutritionist about which times of day to take viatmins as they can have an effect on sleep quality
- Complementary therapies - Not on;y acupuncture but many others are wonderful for encouraging wellbeing and calm. Consult a qualified practitioner who can look at you as a whole person. There are many options that can help including, yoga, massage, acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy
- Psychotherapy/counselling/medication – these options may be needed for extreme worry that leads to constant anxiety. If you suffer with severe symptoms and seek counselling your GP may a good resource to direct you to therapy..
Useful UK Contacts
Health and Safety Executive
Advice for work related stress
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
T: 01254 875 277
Can provide details of accredited therapists.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
T: 0870 443 5252
See their website for a list of practitioners in your area.
The British Psychological Society
T: 0116 252 9904
The British Osteopathic Association (BOA)
British Osteopathic Association 3 Park Terrace Manor Road Luton LU1 3HN
T: 01582 488455
F: 01582 481533
The Institute for Complimentary Medicine (IMC)
T: 0207 237 5165
Provides information on complimentary medicine.
T: 0808 808 0545 – Helpline
Helpline for people experiencing anxiety disorders.
National Phobics Society
T: 0870 122 2325 – Helpline
Information and support for those with anxiety disorders.
T: 0845 123 2310
UK’s leading depression charity with a network of self-help groups.
The Sleep Council
National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)
Stress Management Society
Stress Management with Melatonin
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