Mind and mood
A trouble shared is a trouble halved
So the saying goes and it’s true that talking to someone can help order thoughts in your head. You may be feeling isolated, lonely, distressed, anxious or concerned about your life situation.
Talk to a family member who you live with or family and friends over the phone or online about how you are feeling. Getting it off your chest can be a really productive way to ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way. You can also speak to your GP if you are concerned about stress and anxiety or there are professionals who are on the end of a phone, see below for more details.
Help is available
You can call these numbers to speak to a friendly person at the end of the phone
There is a local service called the Life Rooms that offer a telephone and email support service for anyone needing advice on things such as housing, finances, employment, mental and physical wellbeing. The service is available Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm on 0151 478 6556.
The Samaritans offer a friendly listening ear on the end of a phone 24/7. The service for Liverpool has been modernised and offers support no matter what your need and helps people with all sorts of things including isolation/ loneliness, anxiety, depression, concerns of life situations or just the need to talk to someone. The phone line is open 24/7 on freephone 116 123.
Small steps to build into your day
Find a way of being active that you like. Almost any form of activity can act as a natural stress reliever. Being active releases feel-good hormones called endorphins into your blood stream, which can ease stress by helping you feel happier, more relaxed and sleep better. Going walking, jogging or running are famously good ways to clear your head and lift your mood.
You may not realise just how big a role your diet plays on your mood. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can give you the strength and energy to cope more easily with everyday life. The benefits that come with a healthy balanced diet can help you feel good and get more out of life.
Stopping smoking can actually reduce your stress levels. Smokers often experience more stress or heightened stress due to nicotine withdrawal between cigarettes. Removing cigarettes from your life also removes these smoking-related issues and helps give you more control over your mood.