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What is stress? 

Stress is the feeling of being tense, overstretched, or under pressure. We can feel stressed for all sorts of reasons – trouble at work, major upheavals and life events, or little frustrations that build up and worsen over time. Stress is a perfectly normal reaction to things in life that seem outside of our control. 

Everyone experiences stress in different ways. Some of us feel stressed more easily than others, and even small problems can seem overwhelming or impossible to tackle. Racing thoughts, trouble concentrating, and feelings of self doubt can all be signs that you’re under too much stress. Stress can also seriously affect your mood and ability to make decisions. It can put strain on your body as well as your mind, often causing headaches, muscle tension, and low energy. Continuous stress can also contribute to longer term health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

There are many simple things you can do to manage stress and feel more relaxed. Deep breathing, regular exercise, and taking time out for yourself can all help to keep symptoms of stress under control.

If you’re feeling stressed, or know someone who is, browse this page for stress-busting tools that could help.

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Be Mindful

Free for Londoners
Clinically Approved

Be Mindful is an online course for learning to practice mindfulness, which is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences

Pros:

  • Free for Londoners – exclusive offer
  • Evidence based
  • Interactive and easily accessible
  • Includes downloadable meditation tracks
  • Provides detailed feedback of progress

Cons:

  • Requires a commitment to regular practice
  • Not suitable for people with severe depression
  • Not suitable for people going through major changes/upheavals, e.g. job loss, bereavement or break-ups

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Big White Wall

An online community of people who are anxious, down, or not coping who support one another by sharing what's on their mind.

Pros:

  • Anonymous
  • Professional online support available 24/7
  • Fast response rate
  • Moderated to ensure safety and support
  • NHS recommended

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to navigate at first
  • £9.99/month subscription fee applies to some regions

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Kooth

An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Confidential and anonymous
  • Moderated and facilitated peer support forums
  • A good range of tools and resources available

Cons:

  • For children and young people only
  • Limited hours for live support (Mon to Fri 12:00-22:00, Sat & Sun 18:00-22:00)

Would you recommend this?

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Headspace

A mindfulness and meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations for everything from stress to sleep. 

Pros:

  • Free trial available
  • Easily accessible to complete beginners
  • In-browser version available

Cons:

  • Tracks cannot be downloaded for offline use
  • Subscription fee for the majority of content (from £6.25/month)
  • Daily use is recommended for long term benefits

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Live Happy Podcast

A weekly podcast offering scientific tips and ideas on how to lead a happier, more meaningful life through interviews with medical professionals and wellbeing thought-leaders. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • New episodes released every week
  • Can be downloaded and played offline 
  • Available on android and iOS 

Cons:

  • Credibility of speakers will vary 

Would you recommend this?

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Thought Diary Pro

A thought-tracking app based on the principles of CBT, designed to help you change the way you think about difficult everyday situations. 

Pros:

  • Clear and straightforward
  • Evidence based
  • Password protected
  • Reports can be emailed to your therapist

Cons:

  • £4.99 one-time fee

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Meditation Studio

An app aimed at promoting mindfulness and relaxation, offering over 250 guided meditation sessions and step-by-step courses led by meditation experts. 

Pros:

  • Simple layout and easy to navigate
  • Sessions range in length (2, 5, 10, 15 and 30 mins) 
  • Courses available for different levels (beginner-expert)

Cons:

  • £3.99 one-time fee for unlimited access 
  • No free trial available

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YouTube – Yoga with Adriene

A popular YouTube channel offering a range of guided yoga and meditation practices, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing as well as physical exercise.

Pros:

  • Free
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Videos range from 5 mins to an hour
  • Good alternative to a public class

Cons:

  • Some may find the spiritual aspect of yoga off-putting 

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Noisli

A website and app that allows you to select from a range of natural sounds to create a pleasant environment for productivity, sleep or relaxation. 

Pros:

  • Free and no need to download
  • Minimal design for distraction-free use
  • Downloadable Chrome extension available

Cons:

  • Limited range of sounds

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Living Life to the Full

A free online course helping you to learn coping skills for many of life's everyday stresses. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Written and led by a medical professional 
  • Freedom to only complete parts of the course relevant to you

Cons:

  • The website can be unclear and difficult to navigate 
  • Courses can be repetitive and unstimulating 

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Couch to 5k

An audio-guided running plan for complete beginners, designed to get you running a 5K in nine weeks. 

Pros:

  • Free and easy to follow
  • Sets achievable goals
  • Evidence based and backed by the NHS
Cons:

  • For beginners only (more advanced runners can try the 5k+ version)
  • Requires commitment to the nine week programme

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The Mix

An online support service providing free, confidential support and counselling for young people under 25. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Instantly accessible
  • Good range of online resources
  • Telephone counselling available (eight 50-minute sessions)

Cons:

  • Available to under 25s only
  • Telephone counselling not always available
  • Limited hours for live support (helplines and one-to-one chat open 11am-11pm every day) 

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Cove

An app that allows you to create music to capture your mood and express how you feel. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • An alternative way to express yourself
  • Share your compositions with friends

Cons:

  • Only available on iOS
  • Limited range of moods to choose from

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Chill Panda

Chill Panda is aimed mainly at children, and aims to alleviate worry with simple and playful exercises.

Pros:

  • Free
  • Interactive 
  • A fun, non-clinical way for parents to help children manage stress

Cons:

  • Most suitable for children
  • Limited range of features

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SilverCloud

An online course that uses CBT to help you understand and manage symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Research based
  • Tailored to individual needs
  • NHS recommended

Cons:

  • Requires commitment to an 8 week course
  • Currently only available with an NHS referral 
  • Only available in some areas 

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Stress & Anxiety Companion

An app that helps to manage stress and anxiety by giving you tools to tackle anxious feelings and identify their triggers.

Pros:

  • Free
  • Evidence based
  • NHS recommended

Cons:

  • Only available on iOS
  • Most suitable for those with mild to moderate anxiety or stress

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Calm

A mindfulness and meditation app offering guided meditations, breathing programmes and 'Sleep Stories' to help de-stress and clear the mind. 

Pros:

  • Free version available
  • Daily reminders to keep you on track
  • Good for beginners who don't know where to start 

Cons:

  • £9.99/month or £44.99/year for premium

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Mental Health Foundation

A website with useful tools and resources for all things related to mental health and wellbeing. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Clear and informative
  • No time commitment

Cons:

  • Not very interactive

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CALM

A free helpline and web chat service that offers guidance and support to men feeling down or depressed for any reason. 

Pros: 

  • Free
  • Confidential and anonymous
  • Suitable for men of all ages
  • Useful resources for a number of men's issues

Cons:

  • Limited hours for live support (5pm-midnight every day)
  • Callers may experience queues 
  • For men only

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YoungMinds

A resource for children and young people with mental health and wellbeing issues, providing information about common mental health symptoms, how to cope and where to get help. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Easy to filter and find relevant content
  • Free helpline for parents (Mon–Fri, 9.30am–4pm)

Cons:

  • Limited resources
  • For young people and parents only
  • Mostly aimed at spreading awareness rather than offering immediate support 

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Relate

An online and telephone counselling service providing relationship support for individuals, couples and families. 

Pros:

  • Free live chat
  • Private and confidential 
  • Instant live chat with trained counsellors
  • Available to all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations

Cons:

  • Paid sessions are typically £40-55 per hour
  • Limited hours for live chat

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Rethink Mental Illness

A charity providing expert, accredited advice and information to anyone suffering from a mental health problem. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Expert, accredited advice
  • Helpline for practical advice (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Cons:

  • Does not provide crisis support
  • Callers to the helpline may experience long queues

Would you recommend this?

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Thrive: Feel Stress Free

An app designed to help you relax and build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression through simple exercises and techniques, including calm breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis. 

Pros:

  • Clinically tested
  • Evidence-based techniques
  • Highly interactive
  • Available on Android and iOS

Cons:

  • £5.99/month, £14.99/3 months, £47.99/year
  • Requires users to make an account
  • Commentary can be repetitive 

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Anxiety UK

A support service for people living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression

Pros:

  • Access to reduced-cost therapy (fees vary according to household income)
  • Users can see a therapist within 2 weeks of subscribing
  • Includes 1 year's free subscription to the Headspace app
  • Access to specialist helplines and live chat services

Cons:

  • Very limited free content
  • £30/year  
  • Clinical feel 

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Nightline

Nightline is a listening service run by students for students. 

Pros:

  • Listeners can call you back for free 
  • Lines are open throughout the night when other services are unavailable 

Cons:

  • Not suitable for those in crisis or seeking direct advice 
  • Not all institutions are supported 
  • Only available during term time 

Would you recommend this?

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Pacifica

A stress-management app, designed to help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression by combining elements of CBT, mindfulness and meditation. 

Pros:

  • Plenty of free content
  • Evidence based
  • Daily reminders to help you stay on track

Cons:

  • £4.49/month, £26.99/year for full access
  • Requires users to make an account

Would you recommend this?

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Stop, Breathe & Think

A mindfulness and meditation app designed to help relieve stress and maintain positive mental wellbeing by encouraging you to take time out from the pressure and challenges of daily life. 

Pros:

  • Impressive variety of meditation sessions tailored to different moods
  • Clear and easy-to-follow mood tracking feature
  • In-browser version available
  • Separate version for kids

Cons:

  • Very limited free content
  • £9.99/month for premium version

Would you recommend this?

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Happify

An app with simple exercises and games to get you feeling happier by practicing the key principles of relaxation, gratitude, kindness and positivity. 

Pros:

  • Free to download
  • Uses evidence-based techniques 
  • Customisable to individual needs
  • Available on android and iOS

Cons:

  • Limited free content
  • Can be difficult to navigate at first

Would you recommend this?

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Digipill

An app that combines guided meditation with music to help with everyday issues such as giving up smoking, losing weight, building confidence and getting to sleep

Pros:

  • Free tracks available
  • Clear and simple to use
  • Easy to tailor to individual needs

Cons:

  • £4.99/month for full subscription, or purchase 'pills' separately (£1.99-£6.99 each)
  • Meditations range from 10-15 minutes only

Would you recommend this?

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Vent

An app designed to help you express your true feelings and connect with others in a supportive and understanding online community where you can exchange advice, share experiences and vent about anything that's bothering you.

Pros:

  • Free

Cons:

  • Not moderated
  • Aimed primarily at teens and young adults
  • Potential for exposure to triggering content

Would you recommend this?

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Mental Health Forum

An online discussion forum for a broad range of mental health issues. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Secure and anonymous
  • Carefully moderated
  • A useful help page explains how to navigate the forum

Cons:

  • Posts do not always get replies 
  • Primarily a place for peer-to-peer support rather than information/guidance

Would you recommend this?

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buddhify

A meditation and mindfulness app for modern life that aims to bring more calm to your busy day. 

Pros:

  • No hidden charges
  • Sample meditations can be found on Sound Cloud
  • Easy to use on the go, with meditations lasting anywhere from 2-30 minutes

Cons:

  • £4.99 one-time fee for unlimited access
  • Favourite tracks cannot be saved or added to a personal playlist

Would you recommend this?

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Start2

A website that aims to improve your wellbeing by harnessing your creativity - pick from a range of guided creative activities including collage, animation and creative writing to bust stress and boost your mood. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Many activities do not require equipment/supplies

Cons:

  • Generalised approach to wellbeing
  • Some may find the exercises to be too straightforward 

Would you recommend this?

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ThinkUp

An app that enables you to record and store positive affirmations in your own voice to help boost your mood and self-esteem. 

Pros:

  • Free version available
  • Works offline
  • Available on Android and iOS

Cons:

  • £2.99 one-time fee for premium
  • Free version only allows 4 recorded affirmations
  • Listening to your own voice can take some getting used to

Would you recommend this?

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Gaia

Gaia is an app that aims to help you lead a more conscious life by inspiring curiosity, spiritual growth and personal development. 

Pros:

  • Free trial available
  • New content added every week

Cons:

  • Content cannot be downloaded and watched offline
  • Very limited free content (£7.99/month for premium)

Would you recommend this?

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Smiling Mind

A meditation and mindfulness app with guided practices for both children and adults. 


Pros:

  • Free
  • High-quality content
  • Good for beginners
  • In-browser version available
  • Tracks can be downloaded for offline use

Cons:

  • Requires login with every use
  • Does not sync with Apple Health 
  • Can be glitchy and slow

Would you recommend this?

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Samaritans

A helpline offering a safe place to talk about anything that's on your mind, any time you like. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Available 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Private and confidential 
  • Accessible to all 

Cons:

  • Some might be dissuaded by the Samaritans' association with suicide
  • It can be intimidating to take the initiative to call 

Would you recommend this?

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Elefriends

A friendly online community where people who are struggling to cope can listen, share and be heard. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Safe and anonymous
  • Moderated through the charity Mind
  • Used by a wide demographic

Cons:

  • Over 18s only
  • No moderation from 2am-6am

Would you recommend this?

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Mind – Peer Support Employment Groups

A local service that supports people in West London with mental health problems who are looking for work

Pros:

  • Free
  • No need to be a local resident
  • Led by expert advisors

Cons:

  • Over 25s only

Would you recommend this?

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Laughter Yoga and Wellbeing Club

A club in Archway offering group sessions of Laughter Yoga  – a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter, believed to help enhance mood, relieve stress and boost energy.

Pros:

  • Open to all
  • Led by an experienced instructor
  • A welcoming environment

Cons:

  • £10 per session
  • Must book in advance
  • Classes run on Saturday mornings only (11am-12pm)

Would you recommend this?

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Nordoff Robbins (Kentish Town)

A charity offering free music therapy to children and adults of all ages who want support with their mental health, physical or medical needs. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Anyone can self-refer
  • No musical ability needed

Cons:

  • Waiting list may apply
  • Mainly suitable for people with ongoing mental or physical health problems
  • Some groups require commitment to 6+ weekly sessions

Would you recommend this?

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West London Centre for Counselling

A counselling service for people living or working in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. WLCC can help you to resolve problems, cope with crisis, and develop personal insight into your feelings and behaviours. 

Pros:

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Self-referral for group counselling
  • Counselling available in different languages

  • Cons:

    • Must live or work in the area
    • One-to-one counselling available only with an NHS referral
    • Requires commitment to 12 weekly sessions
    • Most counsellors are volunteers

    Would you recommend this?

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    Bubic

    A community-based drug service that provides support for drug users, ex-drug users and their family and friends in the borough of Haringey. 

    Pros:

    • Free
    • Open to all
    • Drop-in sessions available

    Cons:

    • Some sessions run only during the daytime
    • Support predominantly for users of crack cocaine
    • Mainly aimed at residents of Haringey

    Would you recommend this?

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    Haringey Thinking Space

    A community support network where local residents of Haringey can regularly come together and share their thoughts and experiences, with the aim of improving mental health and community wellbeing. 

    Pros:

    • Free
    • All welcome
    • No need to register – just turn up
    • Runs weekly (Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm)

    Cons:

    • For Haringey residents only
    • For adults only (18+)

    Would you recommend this?

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    WDP

    A service providing a range of treatment and recovery services to Londoners affected by a drug or alcohol problem. 

    Pros:

    • Free
    • Confidential
    • Self-referred
    • Services available for children, families and adults

    Cons:

    • Only available to residents of select boroughs

    Would you recommend this?

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    The Independent – 10 Subscription Boxes for Self-Care

    Treat yourself or a friend to a mood-bosting care package with these subscription boxes designed for wellbeing and self-care.

    Pros:

    • Aimed at a wide selection of interests and lifestyles
    • Suitable as a gift for yourself or a friend 
    • No subscription necessary (all boxes can be purchased as a one-off)

    Cons:

    • Prices range from £6-£35
    • Postage is not always included

    Would you recommend this?

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    NHS Choices – Money Worries

    A website providing comprehensive health information and advice in the form of articles, videos and various other resources to help you seek the best help for a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. This link is for issues relating to money problems.

    Pros:

    • Free
    • Clear and informative
    • Quality and accuracy checked

    Cons:

    • Clinical feel
    • Text heavy
    • Primarily useful as a starting point

    Would you recommend this?

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    Money Health Check

    An online financial "health checker" tool to help you assess your financial situation and get tips on how to improve your spending habits.

    Pros:

    • Quick to complete
    • No need to sign up
    • Tailor-made advice plans specific to your situation

    Cons:

    • Text heavy
    • Helpline and webchat unavailbale on Sundays

    Would you recommend this?

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    When I'm starting to feel stressed, I do the "10 years test". Will this matter in 10 years? Will I even remember it? Usually I realise that I wouldn't even remember it in a month! That usually helps to calm me down and rationalise the situation. 

    Anonymous

    I go for a walk - I need to notice nature and be in the moment. It helps me get perspective and think about the bigger picture. 

    Kate

    Go running! That would be my top tip. Or... write it down. The act of writing down what is worrying you or stressing you out distances you from the problem and helps you to externalise it. Before that, it's all bottled up and you can't see your own thoughts clearly. 

    Anonymous

    I listen to something funny because it makes you laugh, which releases endorphins - which is proven to lift your mood. I'm currently listening to No Such Thing As A Fish podcast - its informative but hilarious. 

    Jade