Managing your stress and anxiety

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and now, more than ever, during these challenging and unprecedented times it is important that we all make our mental health a priority.

Simon, our Head of Patient & Family Support at Thames Hospice, offers his support and advice on coping with stress and anxiety during this difficult time.

1. It's ok and natural to feel sad, confused and worried during these uncertain times.

2. Don't bottle up how you are feeling. Express your feelings and your fears by perhaps writing them down or phoning a trusted person to talk things through.

3. Focus on what you do know and can do. We can tackle our problems by having a plan and seeing that plan through.

4. Practice self care and be kind to yourself. Make time for activities and hobbies, exercise and limit media coverage.

5. Find new ways to stay connected with your loved ones.

Watch the video below to hear more from Simon on coping with stress and anxiety: