It’s completely normal to feel stressed, anxious or low. Did you know 1 in 4 people feel like this at some point? It’s easy to neglect your emotional wellbeing but learning to look after this will help you feel happier and more confident.

Identify the signs

Loneliness, family problems, money or housing issues, unemployment, or any number of other challenges can trigger these kinds of feelings. It’s easy for stress to get out of hand though – you may find yourself snapping at your partner or kids, getting to school or work late, or becoming withdrawn from your friends.

Tension and poor sleep or diet can also lead to physical symptoms like headaches, backaches or mystery pains. You may lose the motivation to exercise or do your routine social activities.

Do you avoid situations?

If constant worrying affects your life so much that you can’t sleep or are struggling to leave the house to do everyday tasks such as food shopping or collect your kids from school, you could do with some support. 

You may also find you are avoiding situations and this is making things worse. If you haven’t been getting out for doctors or dentist appointments there can be an impact on your physical health or maybe that of your children. If you avoid opening bills, your debts could grow or you may get into rent arrears.

Low mood and depression

If you can't shift your low mood after a few weeks and it is stopping you leading a normal life, you should think about getting some help.

Can't cope?

You can ring the Samaritans day or night on 0845 579 9090 if you want to speak to someone. You can also ring the Sanctuary who provide a safe place for people to turn to through the night.  Someone can speak to you on the phone or arrange for you to drop into talk to someone in person there and then.

If you have had any suicidal thoughts lately it’s vital to seek help. If these are frequent and fixed you should contact your GP for advice or at times of crisis visit A&E.