I cope by: running. I was reluctant for years because I thought it was too hard but it’s one of the most helpful things I’ve found for managing anxiety. I always feel confident and happy after a run. I would highly recommend the couch to 5k for people starting with no experience like I did. Walking in nature: being around green space or water is relaxing and helps me switch off from everything else. Journaling: I just write out everything I feel without changing or judging anything. Helps me figure out how I’m feeling and how I can move past any issues. Eating healthily and keeping to a healthy sleeping schedule: helps to stop blood sugar highs and lows that can cause or aggravate anxiety.
How do you cope when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or low?
We all get into habits for coping, some of which are healthier than others. Below you’ll find some ideas that others find helpful for coping with difficult emotions and feelings.
Mental health charity Mind has a helpful link to help you stay calm; deal with scary thoughts; and plan your day.
Wherever you go in this site, you’ll find more ideas and suggestions which you can try for yourself:
- They’re free, and easy to fit around your children and other commitments
- You might be able to make one or two them into a habit by fitting them into your daily routine
Remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect parent and:
- Take care of yourself
- Be kind to yourself
- Ask for help
- Accept help when it’s offered
- Keep connected: friends, other single parents, support groups, work colleagues and others
- Share the childcare with others if you can
- Don’t take your stress or anger out on your children
- Be honest and open with your children about what’s going on
When to see your GP
If these tips don’t help and you continue to feel overwhelmed or become increasingly worried, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP or other health professional.