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1. Move your body! Good physical health is connected with our mental health. Exercise is a great way to increase your wellbeing, relieve stress, get a break from anxious thoughts, improve your mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and a range of other health benefits including better focus, more energy and improved sleep all of which will support you to cope better in hard times. 

2. Breathing activities. There are a range of breathing activities you can try to bring your focus, attention, and awareness back to the present moment when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  An easy one to remember is five fingers breathing. Stretch your hand out, starting at the base of your thumb slowly trace around the outline of your fingers. Inhale as you trace up each finger and exhale as you trace down each finger.

3. Practise gratitude. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can increase your wellbeing and reduce levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. While everyday may not be good, there are good things to be found in every day when you make time to pause and look for them. Try keeping a gratitude diary/ journal and write down three good things at the end of every day. If you find this activity challenging, try thinking about the simple things you might not normally notice, clean sheets, a warm shower, a quiet cup of tea, a text from a friend, anything that made you feel good that you can be grateful for.

4. Mindfulness exercises. The Five senses activity is a simple exercise you can use to calm your mind by using your senses (sight, touch, sound, smell and taste) to notice what is around you and focus on your environment instead of your thoughts.

– Notice 5 things you can see.

– Notice 4 things you can feel.

– Notice 3 things you can hear

– Notice 2 things you can smell.

– Notice 1 thing you can taste.

5. If you find yourself struggling to cope, speak to a trained professional who can provide you with a safe, supportive, non- judgmental space to be raw, real and honest about what is going on for you so you can start to process what is happening and be supported to find strategies and tools to help you cope.