We all know that stress has a negative impact on our physical and mental health, and with Mental Health Awareness Week upon us, there’s no better time to really explore how stressed you are and what you could do to make your life better.

The Mental Health Foundation recently published its report Stress: Are We Coping? and noted that, in the past year, 74 per cent of UK adults revealed they’d been so stressed they felt overwhelmed or couldn’t cope.

As well as exploring the extent to which people in the UK are suffering from stress, the report also made some recommendations on how we can better deal with it.

The first thing to do is recognise that you’re stressed and identify the cause, so that you can begin working towards practical solutions. You should also look at your lifestyle and see if there are simple changes you could make that will improve your mental wellbeing.

Mindfulness meditation was also cited as something that can help. The report noted that it’s a great tool to have because it can be practiced anywhere and at any time, and can help with anxiety, insomnia, poor concentration and low moods, as well as stress.

If you’re keen to try mindfulness but aren’t sure where to start, find therapists in Lancashire, or wherever you live, to get some guidance and help you get going.

There are a range of benefits to regularly meditating, including boosting your immune system, reducing anxiety and even improving your social connections, giving you yet more incentive to introduce this into your life.