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Tips and tricks for fighting stress and practising mindfulness

I cannot remember ever talking so much and so openly about mental health in the recent years. Which is great, this was long overdue. People suffering in silence and isolation is not part and parcel with a forward thinking society.


Mental health lows have a significant effect to how we lead our lives long term and can manifest in a variety of forms; from sweating when we get stressed for that presentation at work, to panic attacks and worse.


I asked Integrative Counsellor in West London, Roula Barlika, to share her insight and techniques for fighting stress, calming down and practising mindfulness. Roula offers help with low self esteem, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, weight loss counselling and other issues. Here is what she had to say:


"When life feels too much, when we feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried and depressed, we need to remember that there are always things that we can do to help us cope better. Even when we feel that we cannot change our environment, our situation, the people around us that affect us, we need to remember that we always have a choice on how we respond to all these.


We might not be able to control our environment, but we can control our response to it - Roula Barlika, Integrative Counsellor, www.innersightcounselling.uk

Believing that from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep we have a choice of response can be very empowering and can change the way we think, feel and behave. And of course this is easier said than done, but here are a few things we could do to help us along the way and can give us the emotional resilience to cope with what life is sending our way."

Photo by Lesly Juarez