Stress and anxiety affect us all in different ways, and we all have our own coping mechanisms. We asked our team of nurses to share the ways in which they practice mental wellness and the things they do to make them feel better.

"I like to try to pre-plan the night before as to how I want to start the day and what you'd like to achieve. Taking choices away helps set me up on the front foot for the day"

"Finding something to make me laugh. There's always something online or a book or television episode. Take the time away from stressors with humour."

"I remind myself to be present. Don't think of what's happened or what's ahead, just remain in the present."

"Kindness is one of the fastest ways to feel calm for me. Doing this can boost oxytocin levels (the bonding hormone) and can lower your stress levels by distracting you from yourself.

"Gratitude is very powerful. There are always things to be grateful for.....always,"

"I have the propensity to say sorry a lot. The problem is, every time one says “sorry,” they're subtly beating themselves down and lowering confidence. I try to remind myself to say thank you, not sorry."

"I aim to channel my stressful energy into tending to the people around me and befriending new people whom you can form mutually supportive relationships with."

"I try not to judge, wake up and say, "today I will not judge any person or situation" well difficult I know, begin slowly, say for one hour, then extend."

"I destress with anti-stress body language. As soon as I feel myself go into a stressful mental space, I roll my shoulders back and down and place my feet firmly on the ground, shoulder-width apart."

If you're finding stress or anxiety is overwhelming, strategies such as controlled breathing can be beneficial. Try this short exercise from our friends at THIS WAY UP.

Managing in the Moment, Controlled Breathing

THIS WAY UP is a trusted Australian provider of evidence-based, internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) programs. As a not-for-profit and joint initiative of St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales, its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness by providing accessible online treatment for anxiety disorders and related mental health conditions.

THIS WAY UP offers a range of self-paced online courses that teach clinically-proven strategies to help you improve the way you feel. Some courses are available for a small fee, however if Sonder refers you, you can access them at no cost. To find out if which courses are suitable for you and receive a free referral, simply start a chat with our team.

All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional. Our nurses are available 24/7 to help you find the care you need.

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