Stress: things that may help right away

You may find stress helpful, or even motivating, but if stress is affecting your life there are things you can try that may help.

Looking after yourself

You could try:

More information on identifying sources of stress can be found on our webpage.

Managing stressful thoughts

You could try:

  • talking to someone. Speaking to friends, family or a trained professional can really help
  • challenging unhelpful thoughts. The way you think affects the way you feel. Watch this video to learn how to challenge unhelpful thoughts

There’s always someone to talk to for free

  • over the phone. If you're struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmingly low, Open Door has a mental health helpline. Call 0800 138 7276, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • in person. Open Door also provides a mental health daytime safe haven in the centre of Stockport that you're welcome to visit. Find more information on their opening times
  • online. Sign up to Kooth (age 10-25) or Qwell (age 26 and over) to talk to a qualified professional or other people in the community