Here are some tips to help you cope with stress and stay healthy through times of change.
A problem shared
Don’t be ashamed to talk about your feelings. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone – and you aren’t alone. We all need a little help from time to time – don’t be too proud to ask for it. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear, so maintain your support network of friends or family. They can offer you a different perspective on things and help you solve practical problems.
Also some men find it much easier to off load or get advice from someone who is not involved – that’s why using the forum on thecoupleconnection.net or theparentconnetion.org.uk can be really helpful at times of stress. Sometimes just getting a new perspective on things or just having a rant can be a good thing. link to pc and cc forums
Sometimes you may need professional help. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. If you don’t think you are coping, see your GP – while you might think of him or her as looking after the health of your body, they can offer help and advice with you mental health too.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better – getting exercise can mean something like taking a walk every day, not just pounding the treadmill at a gym.
Drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage difficult feelings. Occasional light drinking is perfectly healthy and enjoyable for most people – but make sure to monitor your intake to keep it healthy.
There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eat healthily, at least three meals each day and drink enough water.
Accept who you are
Be proud of who you are. Recognise and accept what you are not good at, but focus on what you do well.