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Five Quick Strategies That Can Help You Manage Exam Anxiety

Posted by K Clark on Thursday, May 19, 2016, In : Managing Stress 
As we approach the summer months many students will be preparing for exams.  Exams can be a source of great anxiety so learning to manage your anxiety in an exam situation will help you to perform your best. Below are some tips you can practice to help you manage exam nerves.

1. Breathing exercises
When you feel your anxiety levels rising take a few moments out to refocus on your breathing.  Place your hand on your tummy as this can help you feel more connected with your breath.  Inhale through...

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Returning to Work After a Period of Mental Ill Health

Posted by K Clark on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, In : Self Confidence 

According to the Office of Statistics common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and stress related illness have become some of the top causes of long term sickness.  
 The term 'stress related illness' is often used to describe issues such as burnout, exhaustion, depression and anxiety.  Taking time out from work can provide some respite but this can then lead to anxieties around returning to work. Below are some suggestions on managing the return to work after a spell of me...

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Christmas Shopping Tips if you Suffer with Anxiety

Posted by K Clark on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, In : Managing Stress 
Christmas shopping can be stressful at the best of times, but if you suffer with anxiety it can be especially tough.  Below are some tips to help you manage your anxiety levels while you do your shopping.

Plan Ahead
Planning ahead will help you to stay focused and enable you to work out a strategy for how to tackle your shopping.  Make a list of the items you want to purchase and think about where you could get these items from.  You can then make yourself a list per shop and take one shop at a...

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How to Create an Emotional First Aid Kit

Posted by K Clark on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Managing Stress 
In an earlier post about preparing for times of stress or mental unwellness, I suggested creating your own emotional first aid kit.  An emotional first aid kit works in a very similar way to a traditional first aid kit that you would keep in your home for treating minor injuries and physical health issues.  The idea is that you create a central place where you can store the kind of items that would help you through an emotional crisis or time of stress.

As this may seem a little bit of an unus...

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Preparing for Stress and Mental Unwellness

Posted by K Clark on Sunday, July 13, 2014, In : Managing Stress 

If you are someone who has a lower threshold for stress or you suffer with an on-going mental health issue then making a plan for how you will cope with difficult periods could help a great deal.  Below are a few suggestions of ideas that may help you if you know you are approaching a stressful time or event.

1.  Develop Your Support Network
Build friendships with people who you can be honest about your feelings with.  Look for people who can listen and who will respect your wishes and allow yo...

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Tips for Managing Change

Posted by K Clark on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Managing Stress 
Change is an integral part of life and for many can be a source of stress and upheaval.  The following tips are some ideas and strategies that may help you to manage change in your life. 

1.  Research and Ask Questions
One of the toughest challenges with any change is the feeling of powerlessness.  No matter what the change is, the more information you can arm yourself with the better.  Sometimes it's hard to know what it is we don't know and need to know, so talking to a friend or family memb...

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Posted by K Clark on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Managing Stress 
Learning to relax is a vital part of staying healthy, both physically as well as mentally.  There is no right way to relax but you should ideally be aiming for an activity which calms you.  When you are calm your breathing is slowed and it comes with ease, your muscles feel loosened and free of tension and your thoughts start to slow down and you feel able to think clearly.  

There are a number of activities you can do to coax your body and mind into this state.  These include the following:

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About Me

Katherine Clark I am experienced mental health worker with 15 years experience working with young people and adults with enduring mental health needs. I have set up this blog to share some of the tips and skills I have learnt along the way. If you have any suggestions or particular questions you would like me to answer feel free to email me at

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