Dr Radha: Tips for coping when you're overwhelmed

This article was first published on 12 January 2021.

We caught up with Dr Radha Modgil – a practising NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing – to get her top tips for coping when you are feeling overwhelmed. Here's her advice...

1. Stop and take a breath: It’s tempting to carry on just so we can get things done, but actually pausing, taking a break and a deep breath helps relax and calm us down. Then we can think clearly and make good decisions.
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If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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