Stress does not just make you feel bad, it is also bad for your health. The good news is that there are steps you can take to deal with it.

Eat well 

If we are stressed, it’s more important than ever to eat well. Otherwise, it’s like running a car on empty.

Sleep well 

A good night’s sleep is essential but can be the first thing to go when we’re stressed. This can lead to us feeling even more stressed.

Being active

We all know that being active is good for us – like walking, swimming, gardening, and lots more. Just do something you enjoy.

Relaxing and having fun

Taking a break from your hectic life – even a small one – can stop stress building up.

Change for good

Making lasting changes to your health can be hard, but below we have listed some tips that can help. Choose what you want to change.

Remember, things won't always go your way, but keep at it and you'll find that you can start to make small changes for the better.

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There are lots of practical, positive steps we can take to deal with stress.  These include:

  • Doing relaxation exercises
  • Working through problems
  • Talking to someone
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Helping others

All of these can help, but starting with a relaxation exercise will put you in the right frame of mind to start dealing with your stress. Watch demonstrations of relaxation exercises and get links to free relaxation downloads at:

If you require support with depression or bipolar disorder AWARE is the depression charity for Northern Ireland - and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder.

AWARE has an established network of support groups across the country, for people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as carers for people with the illness.

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