Everyone goes through periods in their life where they feel stressed and during these times feeling under pressure is normal. Short bursts of stress can be useful as they can motivate you to take action, feel more energised and get things done. But on-going stress that causes you to become overwhelmed could start to be a problem.

Stress isn’t a psychiatric problem, but it’s closely linked to mental health and can become a vicious circle.

On-going stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse. For example, if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress, this might lead to a mental health problem like anxiety or depression.

Mental health problems can in turn cause stress. Coping with the symptoms of a mental health problem, managing medication and heath care appointments or treatments, can become extra sources of stress.

There are lots of useful resources on-line to help understand how stress can affect people and how to handle stress.

On this page we thought we’d share some of our ways of dealing with stress because even healthcare professionals are not immune to feeling pressure and having to manage our stress levels.


Andrew Odwell – I’m a great believer in exercise to help manage stress. A run or a work-out at the gym releases stress hormones & fills the body with lots of natural ‘feel good’ chemicals which reduce stress levels. Also tiring yourself out helps you sleep which can sometimes be a problem when you’re stressed. Being rested can help you deal with difficult situations. 



Gareth Griffiths – Positive thinking is really important.  I know that if I think negatively it makes me feel bad and can drag me down.  Taking active steps to think positively about situations and yourself helps you to feel better.  It can be difficult if you are in the habit of thinking negatively but like other bad habits it can be broken. 


Nicola Odwell – Anxiety is very common.  Don’t bottle worrying thoughts up – talk about them even if they sound silly.  If they trouble you at night write them down and deal with them in the morning. 



Omar Abdalwhab – Go fishing, watch a movie or socialise with friends.  These are things that I do.  Hobbies and pastimes that you enjoy will distract you from the things that are causing stress.  Time to think and reflect can help gain a sense of perspective and really help in reducing stress. 



Simon Ellis – Telling people how you feel is really important.  It can be challenging for us men to open up and talk but sometimes a conversation with a trusted friend about how you’re feeling can make a difference.  They may be able to offer support but sometimes simply being listened to can be helpful.