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A worry shared is a worry halved

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in people struggling with stress, worry and anxiety.

So, to mark National Stress Awareness month, Ealing Council is reminding people of some ways to try to reduce stress.
Stress is damaging to our health and well-being and is a significant factor in mental health problems such as depression.

A good diet, sleep and exercise all play an important part in keeping ourselves well and our borough is fortunate to be home to a large number of parks and open spaces to enjoy.

Social isolation can be a big trigger for stress, so the theme of this year’s Stress Awareness Month is ‘community’. There are lots of local clubs and organisations for people who want to engage in other social activities, such as gardening, bowls or even volunteering.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of our residents’ magazine Around Ealing, out in June, a bumper edition that will include details of some events and things to do this summer.

More information and help

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and experiencing distress, or are in crisis, or if you want information and advice about mental health, you can contact the West London Mental Health Trust’s single point of access on 0300 1234244. Anyone can call the single point of access number 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

In addition, the Stress Management Society has a whole host of activities, ideas and suggestions. You could try including mindful colouring, writing a gratitude letter and listening to podcasts into your week.

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