Stress and how to cope with it

Stress is our body’s response to pressure that manifests itself in many different ways. It’s the feeling of being overwhelmed and finding it hard to cope emotionally or mentally. Taking time to identify the emotional and mental pressures in our lives and addressing them is a good way to understand and protect our mental health. We’ve got lots of tips to help you manage stress and avoid it becoming chronic or leading to burnout.

Managing Stress

Mental Health UK Team

Stress is a big issue for Britain today. In the UK’s largest ever stress survey, 74% of people said stress has made them feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. But there are lots of little ways you can help manage stress every day. Andy and Dave from Mental Health UK share some of the ways they handle stress at work, and some small changes which can really make all the difference.

Work life balance

Laura Archer, author of 'Gone For Lunch: 52 things to do in your lunch break'

Did you know that a year’s worth of lunch breaks equates to almost 6 extra weeks of annual leave? This is what Laura discovered when she decided to reclaim her lunch breaks for herself. The results were increased energy, happiness, and greater job satisfaction. Laura will help you identify the signs of “burnout” before they happen, and provide some practical tips for achieving a work/life balance, starting with walking away from your desk!

What contributes to burnout and how to reduce the risk

Downloadable stress tips

What is stress?

Signs of stress

Supporting others

Reducing stress

Downloadable stress tips

Breathing exercise


Sleeping well

Stress bucket

Downloadable resources

The stress bucket

Healthy levels of stress can help push us, but sometimes it makes us feel like we can’t do anything at all. This simple tool helps us to think about ways we can release stress.

Wellbeing workplan

Use our Wellbeing Workplan to keep yourself well in the workplace

Managing stress and building resilience

Mentally healthy workplaces are everyone’s business. This short guide shares practical tips for coping with stress yourself, and also as a manager. 

Mental health training for your organisation

Increasing awareness and action around mental health in the workplace is vital for a positive working environment. We have a range of training courses to help make sure the right support is in place at your organisation.

Partner with us

Our partnerships team are on hand to help you through your journey. Call 0207 840 3008 or email [email protected] today.