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5 ways to de-escalate stressful situations

Don’t be a bystander. Learn how to gently step in, and soothe stress, with these simple steps It’s never easy to see someone else going through a stressful time. It can often leave us feeling hopeless, agitated, and maybe even stressed ourselves. But, with the right amount of caution and gentle management, there are several things that we can do to support those going through stress, helping them to manage their emotions in the moment, and also look forward to addressing the root of the problem

Young men are increasingly reaching out for mental health support

New data from Counselling Directory reveals that the number of young men reaching out for mental health support has increased dramatically in the last year In the UK, young men are one of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to mental health, with three times as many men than women dying by suicide, and men making up just 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies. But, new data from Counselling Directory shows that things may be taking a turn for the better, as a new report revealed an ast

Lockdown heroes who offered us hope

Out of incredibly trying times this year have come moments of hope, kindness, and inspiration. Here, we celebrate just some of the people who have stepped up to support others Have a think back over the past year. No doubt, you’ll be able to conjure up countless examples of selflessness and heroism that have inspired you. That said, a survey from Totaljobs saw, in the past six months, three in five key workers disclose that they felt undeserving of the title ‘hero’. If that finding tells us an

Brits are ditching ‘no pain, no gain’ attitude to health, study reveals

From dog-walking to yoga, new research has found that Brits are ditching old attitudes to prioritise exercise that brings them joy and boosts their mental health ‘No pain, no gain’, it’s a phrase that a lot of us will be familiar with. It summons up visions of panting desperately over a spin bike, drenched in sweat, already dreading the full-body aches that will have us unable to move the next day, all the time being shouted at by a commanding instructor who just wants you to ‘PUSH!’ For some

5 questions to help you get to know yourself

Ever feel disconnected from your true self? Use these five prompts to evaluate your needs, desires, and the things that drive you – so that you can take the next step with confidence Throughout our lives, we’ll inevitably go through periods of feeling a bit lost, with a weaker sense of who we are and what we want. This might be following an important transition in our lives – for example, following the birth of a child, or the start of a new career – and it can begin to unsettle our relationshi

Stefanie Williams on her journey with endometriosis

Fitness influencer Stefanie Williams’ shares the injury that spurred her on to a soul-searching mission, her journey with endometriosis, and her determination to help others If you were to ask that question to my parents, they would say I’ve been running around and doing muscleman impressions since I was five years old!” Stefanie Williams tells me, when I ask where it all began. A fitness influencer and trainer with more than 1.4 million followers on Instagram, when Stefanie reflects on her jo

5 ways to support men’s mental health

From fundraising challenges to unmissable resources, look out for the men in your life during men's mental health month this November, and beyond Men’s mental health: it’s a topic that we must keep talking about. In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these suicides, 75% were men, with suicide being the most likely way that a man under 50 years old will die. And the numbers only increase for men in minority communities, including LGBTQ+ men, those from BAME backgrounds, and

Discover the power of pottering

Unlock the full potential of the wellness trend that you’re probably already doing – without even realising it Pottering’, it’s a word that almost speaks for itself. For me, it conjures up images of slow-paced, menial, homey tasks completed one after the other – a gentle shift down the to-do list, moving without urgency or compulsion. I think of days spent at home, clearing up the garden, sorting through a pile of paperwork, and then a walk to the shops for some lunchtime essentials. And it see

How to spot the signs of domestic violence and abuse

Don’t stand by and watch abuse happen, learn how to spot the signs that someone might be facing domestic violence, and discover the things that you can do to step in and offer support Domestic violence and abuse could take many different forms, and may include child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner violence. In the UK, domestic violence is defined as: ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over w

Gabrielle Bernstein on her journey to happiness

As a New York Times’ best-selling author and hit motivational speaker, who better to catch up with than Gabrielle Bernstein to uncover where her motivation comes from, and why now is the time to make a change? Hi Gabby! When did your own search for happiness begin? At the age of 15, I experienced my first bout of depression. My search for happiness began when I asked my mother to teach me to meditate, so that I could help myself get out of the depression – and it worked! What did you learn ab

59% of Brits struggling with mental health in lockdown have reached out for help

New statistics show that mental health problems are on the rise, but that more than half of Britons feel comfortable reaching out for help. So what can you do to prepare for conversations about mental health, and where can you turn if you don’t have someone in your life you can talk to? When it comes to mental health, the big statistic is one in four – that’s the number of people who will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. But, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nu

What is surge capacity?

In times of crisis, we all have reservoirs of emotional energy that we can call into action, to help us cope with the initial challenges. But what happens when those reserves start to dry up? Find more exclusive stress-related content in Happiful magazine's special stress-themed November 2020 issue. Order your printed copy to be delivered straight to your door, or subscribe for our free digital edition. Have you ever considered how, when faced with immense difficulties, we can often surprise o

55% of people say climate change is affecting their mental health

A new study reveals that the consequences of climate change stretch beyond the environment and our physical health Over the past few years, climate change has, rightly so, been brought closer to the spotlight. As environments and habitats around the world are transformed at rapid rates, many of us are beginning to take a closer look at the things that we can do in our everyday lives to make a difference. But a new study from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has

Workplace phrases that spark anxiety, and how to deal with them

'Let’s have a chat', 'It’s come to my attention...', 'Please advise', these common workplace phrases strike fear in the hearts of many of us. But why do they have such a strong effect on us, and what can we do to make sure we don’t spiral? The workplace is full of unique lingo that we wouldn’t use under any other circumstance. It’s as though we’ve developed a whole new language, to help us navigate different kinds of relationships, to keep professionalism high, and sentiments low. That said, m

It’s time for greater investment in mental health

This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day 2020 is focused on greater investment in mental health care and research. And it’s never been more needed Over the past decade, mental health awareness campaigns have been changing lives. From individuals reaching out to their loved ones and communities, celebrities facing the media to shine a light on the realities of mental health, charities and organisations working tireless to offer resources and advice, and online activists leading the conver

8 things people with anxiety will relate to

From overthinking to being told to ‘calm down’, we explore the things we have in common when it comes to living with anxiety When we’re going through periods of poor mental health, it’s easy to feel isolated from other people and the world around us. After all, there’s so much going on inside our heads, it makes sense that we might end up taking a metaphorical step back from daily life. But while our mental health journeys will always be unique to us, and we each experience emotions and challe

Could increasing paid paternity leave benefit dads’ mental health?

As France doubles paid paternity leave for new fathers, we ask, how could this change benefit dads’ mental health? At the end of September French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans to double paid paternity leave for new fathers, from 14 days to 28. Coming into action from July 2021, the change has been welcomed by many, with President Macron pointing to a survey that found that 80% of the French population agreed that the current length of paternity leave was too short. In the lead up t

8 soothing affirmations to repeat when anxiety strikes

When anxiety takes over, soothe your racing mind with these uplifting, empowering affirmations Whether it takes place over a prolonged period of time or just before a big event, anxiety can throw us off course, creeping into the rest of our lives and preventing us from going about our daily routine as normal. Our minds might begin to race, we may have trouble focusing, and there are a whole host of physical symptoms that can accompany it, too. Of course, in some cases, we may need to seek out

UK anxiety levels have risen dramatically in the past 12 years

More people are struggling with their mental health than ever before, as the biggest study of its kind finds an ‘explosion’ of anxiety in British people The financial crash, austerity, Brexit, climate change, and social media. These are all things that researchers blame for a dramatic rise in the number of people living with anxiety in Britain. The results come from one of the biggest studies of its kind, lead by Professor Nick Freemantle, director of the Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at

What to do when you feel hopeless

Follow these tips to harness pockets of positivity when you’re going through periods of helplessness We all feel hopeless every now and then – whether it stems from anxiety about things that are out of our hands, or in situations where the challenges seem immense. It almost feels like an understatement to say that 2020 has been a year full of challenges that are out of our hands. As reports continue to show the emotional impact of lockdown and COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we ta
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