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Make use of talkhealth's resources this Stress Awareness Month

It’s been reported that 74% of UK adults have felt stress in the last year, leaving them to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. We are all aware that stress is quickly becoming one of the most pressing public health issues of our time but it is often not taken seriously as a physical health concern.


As you and your patients continue to live with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to help you as much as we can. Your undoubtedly aware that your patient’s stress levels are being continuously affected by changes in schedules, employment issues, money problems and the loss of loved ones. That’s why, as Stress Awareness Month comes to a close, we want to highlight how talkhealth can help you to offer you patients some extra support for their stress and mental health at anytime of the year…


Upcoming Expert Webinar


Mindfulness is quickly becoming a mainstream practice for the mitigation of stress, anxiety and chronic pain as research into its benefits continues to grow. On Thursday 10 June at 13:00 (BST), James Scholfield, mindfulness practitioner and founder of A Mindful Earth, will uncover the power of mindfulness, methods for bettering your practice and how becoming more mindful can aid chronic pain and stress-related illnesses. Sign up for the webinar today to crack the mindfulness codes!



Videos and Webinars-on-demand


In a recent interview with Donna Mazzola aka Dr Autoimmune Girl, talkhealth learnt of the impact that stress can have on chronic conditions. Donna says: ‘The pandemic has made me realise the impact that stress has on chronic illness. I try to do yoga three times a week and meditate every night because both of these things reduce inflammation. Realising that stress is real and preventing it has been key to my recovery.’


That’s why we wanted to highlight some of our most useful videos for stress-busting techniques:


Digital Detox with Dr Rachael Kent

Whether it is working longer hours, binge-watching Netflix, or catching up with family on Zoom, our reliance on digital technology has been hugely exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, what impact is this having on our stress levels? In this expert webinar Dr Rachael Kent, Lecturer in Digital Economy and Society Education at King’s College London, discusses the power of digital detox and techniques for a stress-free relationship with tech. Learn more about the webinar now!



Meditation with Hannah Staunton

We all know that meditation is good for inflammation, awareness and stress but it's often something that patients find hard to crack. That’s why we asked meditation expert Hannah Staunton to take us through a series of guided meditations. You can share the first and second video with meditation beginners who you think would benefit from a slow and accessible practice!






Chair yoga with Kirsty Mawhinney

With Instagram influencers doing headstands and gymnasts posing as teachers, it's no wonder patients feel as though yoga is out of their reach. To counter this, we wanted to reinforce that yoga really is for everybody. To prove that anyone can reap the benefits of gentle movement, talkhealth have collaborated with brilliant Kirsty Mawhinney to walk patients through some simple flows. If you think this accessible yoga session will aid someone's treatment, point them towards the video here!



Patient Support Programmes





As you know, students are one of the groups that have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. With that in mind, we wanted to make sure that you know about our student specific wellbeing support programme. Mywellbeing for students is a comprehensive guide to dealing with the stresses of student life.


We also offer a more broad Wellbeing Support Programme for our other members. Covering topics from compassion for others to how diet and exercise can aid better wellbeing, the weekly email PDFs will take you through actionable topics for better wellbeing and reduced stress.


Like all of our Patient Support Programmes, our mywellbeing and mywellbeing for students courses are free for all of our members and are full of evidence-backed actionable advice. If you feel as though any of your patients, whatever their age need extra support for their wellbeing at this time, point them in our direction!


Featured image courtesy of Stress Management Society