Stepping out to combat stress

NHS Fife's Healthy Working Lives Team Member, Anne-Marie Smith, and Mental Health Officer, Natalie Bate, highlighting Steps for Stress.

NHS Fife's Healthy Working Lives Team Member, Anne-Marie Smith, and Mental Health Officer, Natalie Bate, highlighting Steps for Stress.

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Do you feel stressed? Then a campaign promoted by NHS Fife is just for you.

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, NHS Fife is promoting Steps for Stress, a practical booklet highlighting the steps people can take to help them cope with stress.

The booklet, accompanied by a relaxation CD and website, looks at the practical ways people can start dealing with stress covering topics including recognising stress, coping tips, and how to work on problems by learning from bad experiences.

Natalie Bate, Mental Health Officer at NHS Fife Health Promotion explained: “Research shows ‘stress’ is a catch-all term that people feel comfortable with and that they are more likely to admit to feeling stressed than to other conditions such as anxiety, depression and low mental wellbeing.

“Lots of us can be affected by stress,” she continued, “but there is help out there and lots we can do to help ourselves feel better. “The Steps for Stress campaign is about making small but positive changes – even simple steps like going for a walk can make a real difference, and health professionals play an important role in helping to raise awareness.”

A Steps for Stress roadshow will be raising awareness of the resource, showcasing the support that is available for mental health and wellbeing in Fife.

“Stress can impact on everyone from time to time and if someone has been stressed for a while it can impact on how they think which, in turn, can maintain or even exaggerate their stress. Steps for Stress provides practical advice on dealing with stress and promotes relaxation and controlled breathing exercises, helping to calm down the body and the mind,” Natalie added.

“We will also be signposting people to online resources and self help such as the ‘Moodcafe’ (www.moodcafe.co.uk) website. Moodcafe provides tools, resources and classes for all ages to combat common psychological problems.”

Scottish Mental Health Awareness Week, runs October 11. Steps for Stress will be available at hospital sites across Fife and Job Centres during November, including Glenrothes, Cupar, Cowdenbeath, and Kirkcaldy.