Dr Radha: Tips for coping when you're overwhelmed

This article was last published 12 January 2021.

Finding it all a bit too much at the moment? You're not alone. The pandemic has thrown a lot of challenges our way and feeling overwhelmed is a totally normal reaction.

We caught up with Dr Radha Modgil – a practising NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing – to get her top tips for coping. 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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Where to find help

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult. If you'd like to speak to someone outside of your immediate circle, here are some places to find help:

  • If you need urgent help, you can contact Shout who run a Crisis Text Line. It's available 24 hours a day for anyone in the UK. Text CONNECT to 85258
  • You can contact Childline to speak to a counsellor online or over the phone.
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