October 2018

How to help a friend

Two women talking

Have you noticed a friend has suddenly stopped attending classes altogether? Or maybe they’ve started saying things that sound distressful or hopeless? Or they seem like they’ve lost control of their emotions? Sometimes you might notice a friend is struggling with their mental health and want to help, but it can be really hard to know how, or if you should approach them. Reaching out and showing a friend you care can really help them.

How to identify the symptoms of stress and strategies to manage it

Tea

Stress is the wear and tear our bodies experience as we adjust to our changing environment. In life, we can’t avoid all stress, so our goal is not to eliminate stress but learn how to manage it. Ideally, you’ll find your optimal level of stress that will motivate you instead of overwhelming you.

What are the sources of stress?

How to reduce your worry thoughts

A weekly planner on an ipad

Everyone worries about things sometimes, but anxious people tend to have a lot of worry thoughts. Some worries are helpful (e.g. for planning, motivating action, or considering others’ feelings) and we call these productive worries, but many worries are unproductive (e.g. worries that generate “what ifs” that do not lead to concrete, practical actions). Even when we know our worries are unproductive we can still find ourselves stuck worrying about them.

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