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Ways to manage stress

Ways to manage stress

Stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s very common, can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life. Stress becomes a risk when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives. If we are kept in a state of stress for long periods, it can be detrimental to our health. 

This Stress Awareness Month Natasha, our Community Learning Disabilities Nurse, has shared the ways she manages her stress…

Stress Awareness Month is really important to me, not only because I work in healthcare, but because of my own experiences.

To help cope with stress, I’ve developed a couple of self-care strategies that work well for me.

Get organised 

I find it crucial to take time to plan and reflect. Breaking things down into more manageable goals helps to reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed – especially since returning to further education – and allows me to have some ‘me time’ in my schedule.

Exercise daily 

Spending time with my dog is one of my best stress management tools. Not only has she provided me with companionship and helped me stay connected during lockdown, she encourages me to get out and move. Even 20mins of walking a day (dog optional) can help to reduce stress.


Guided meditation and sleep hypnosis have worked wonders for my sleep and helps me to tackle those ‘busy thoughts’. There are some fantastic videos on YouTube and health apps available – Headspace is one of my personal favourites.

Make time for self-care

Finally, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned bath – simple, yet effective. It’s always something that works for me, especially with some relaxing music.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different. Think about what strategies you could adopt to help manage your stress.

Helpful links

Do you need support?

If you feel like stress is impacting your life, don’t forget there is always someone who can help. Please utilise the following resources:

  • NHS People
    If you need immediate support, please visit the support now pages on NHS People. Free and accessible on any device.
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Staff support line 
    This free and confidential service is run in partnership between the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk Mind. NHS staff can call 0300 123 1335, 09.30-16.30 Monday-Friday or email
  • How are you, really? Resources
    Download our resource pack for managers to support staff.
  • Mental health support
    Visit Mind or the Mental Health Foundation website for information and resources relating to your mental wellbeing.