How to manage your worries and stress

Coping better by strengthening your emotional, physical and mental health

Looking after yourself well has a good effect on how you cope when things get challenging or stressful. Being kind to yourself makes a big difference. Read on for activities to boost wellbeing, deal with stress and manage your worries.

What is wellbeing?

What does the term 'wellbeing' mean to you? People use it to mean 'being happy, comfortable and healthy'. Think about all the things in your life that help you feel happy, comfortable and healthy.

Wellbeing is often:

  • emotional – how you feel
  • physical – your body and health
  • mental – your mind and thoughts

How to boost your wellbeing

  1. Draw 3 overlapping circles, then label them 'emotional wellbeing', 'physical wellbeing' and 'mental wellbeing'.
  2. Write or draw things that help you with each type of wellbeing.
  3. In the overlapping spaces, write or draw objects, people and activities that help you with more than one type of wellbeing.

  4. Do you connect with the things in your circles every day?

  5. How can you add them to your daily routine?

Circles of control

Watch this video and do the activity from it. Might understanding what you can and can't control help you feel better?

How do you feel when you have worries? Does understanding your worries make you feel better?

Remember, you cannot solve everything. But most of the time you can do something to help yourself or others to feel better.

Use the circles of control activity to explore how to handle each of your worries, or to think what positive things you can do.

Ways to feel better

It is important to take some time to just feel better. What helps you to feel good? Think about each type of wellbeing: emotional, physical and psychological. They are all parts of your overall wellbeing. Find an activity to support each one.

For inspiration, look at our wellbeing cards.

This resource was made with support from the British Red Cross psychosocial team.