Anonymous, TMW

“Hard as it is these days to take a mental break from the day to day, I think it really helps to take a step back and remember all the positive things in your life and to remember that if you are struggling you are not alone. The world can seem a daunting, competitive place for some people but there will always be someone who will understand if you are feeling the pressure. It sounds easier said than done but you would be amazed at the amount of people that will be feeling (or have felt in the past) the same way you do. It is definitely good to talk, honestly, about anything that is bothering you as often another person’s perspective can help to rationalise things and take the pressure (that you are putting on yourself) off. If you find that you can share your experiences then that could also have reciprocal benefits for you and others – encourage people to do the same.

“It is a bit of a cliché but I think there is definitely some truth in the old adage ‘healthy body – healthy mind’ and finding something you can do physically on a regular basis can really help to reset, and focus on new, positive goals – it really can make you feel better about everything, including yourself. You never know you might find a new skill, new friends and new opportunities.

“Lastly, I do think that hiding from the things that are getting on top of you is your worst enemy. Sit up straight, take a deep breath and remember – with or without the help of others, you always have a chance to make things better.”