Stress and Depression affects 1 in 3 people now in the UK at some point in their lives
You do not have to struggle and cope on your own anymore.
Gateway Counselling Leicester can help you to :
- Understand more about where your stress or depression is coming from
- Have a safe and professional place to talk in confidence about your problems
- Find ways of coping with the stress or depression on a day to day basis
- Explore the issues that have contributes to making you feel the way you feel
Managing Stress And Depression: Some Basic Guidelines ...
Avoid Excessive Amounts of
Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine
These are all stimulants, so
they will not help you to calm down. If you are stressed try to avoid them
until you are calmer. Drink lots of water instead.
Work Off Stress With
Pressure or anger releases
adrenaline into your body which makes you tense and ready to fight. Exercise
reduces this and also releases endorphins which help make you feel good. Go for
a good walk or exercise regularly after work to feel great.
Find ways to relax. Don’t wait
for a break, it may not happen. Plan breaks. Find space. Say positive things to
yourself. Do what suits you. Find ways of getting your own needs met, or simply
Get Enough Sleep
A good eight hours natural
sleep isn’t optional, it’s essential. Avoid sleeping pills, caffeine, excessive
alcohol. Go to bed early and sleep naturally. See how much better you feel
after only a few days.
If you are tired or ill, then rest.
Resist the urge to carry on
regardless. Work will prolong the illness and tire the body, making things
worse. Recognise your limits and rest. Find a calm, quiet place to rest, with no interruptions. Learn Mindfulness. Breathe slowly.
Agree with someone, and smile more.
For some, life is a constant
battleground. It doesn't actually hurt to not win every discussion, to praise
where praise is due, to keep quiet occasionally and let someone else disagree.
We have nothing to prove (and yet we spend so much time proving it).
Learn to accept what you cannot change.
We can often avoid
self-imposed misery, unhappiness and bitterness by choosing our battles wisely
and learning to either accept what we cannot change or walking away. Most work
places will complain about things they cannot change. It saps the energy to do
more constructive things.
Listen to your body.
When you feel tired, hungry,
thirsty, ill, restless, do something about it. Learn to recognise also when you
become angry or stressed and take action before things get out of control. Know
Learn when and how to say No.
Don’t feel guilty. It is OK to
say No. Keep it simple. Don’t make excuses for doing what you want instead of
what someone else wants. Refuse to be overloaded by other people.
Manage Your Time.
Take one thing at a time. Take
your time. Build in breaks. Write things down. Do things when they need to be
done. Get others to take some responsibility. Don’t let work dominate
And of Course:
If all of the above solves your problem, then that really is fantastic. Enjoy the richness of your life. But sometimes, the roots go deeper, and our needs and solutions go deeper still. Needing therapy is not a sign of weakness, but of often having been too strong for too long.
The roots of Depression nearly always go much deeper than people think. Gateway Counselling is a safe and professional place where we can explore those roots and you can feel listened to and not judged or labelled. You do not have to continue as you are.
Press the Big Red Button (above) and Use the Contact Me Here page to make contact and take a positive step to dealing with your depression once and for all.