Your Questions Answered

This article is our monthly mental health queries section. Our Mental Health Co-editor Leanne uses her specialist training and personal experience in mental health to provide user-friendly, non-professional advice to those who ask for it.

by LeanneArnold 3 years ago

Got a burning question about mental health difficulties? Want non-professional, peer-to-peer advice? Look no further, this feature will appear every month and invites readers to send in questions regarding mental health for tips and advice*. My name is Leanne and I have both specialist training and personal experience in mental health and will aim to provide user-friendly, non-professional advice to anyone who asks for it! 


Q: Growing up I have suffered from anxiety, since moving into halls this month I have started experiencing this again. What would you advise?

A: I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this again. I would always encourage talking to someone about how you are feeling. Ever heard of the phrase “a problem shared, is a problem halved”? Of course, this doesn’t happen literally, however it can make you feel reassured and less alone about the situation. Anxiety is a lot more common than people initially realise and I am 100% sure someone else will be feeling similar ways to you. You aren’t alone!

It may be a good idea to try and practice the coping mechanisms you used to find helped you. If you aren’t sure about coping mechanisms maybe try some of these:

De-cluttering – this is a great way to de-stress, boost self-esteem, and feel a sense of achievement. 

Colouring – this can help you explore feelings, foster self-awareness, and reduce anxiety.

Listening to music – music can be one of the easiest ways to relax, destress, and battle those anxious feelings.

A friendly catch up – socialising can help to offload worries and anxieties which in turn can make you feel better about the situation.

Aromatherapy – this is a complementary therapy which can help with many different issues! It can help with reducing stress and anxiety by centering yourself into a relaxed state. 

ASMR – this is autonomous sensory meridian response (please look at our previous Self-Care article for more information.

For more information on the above please have a look at our self-care articles available on our website! 

If you feel that the above suggestions aren’t helpful then maybe it is worth contacting a service which can offer more one-to-one advice and therapy. Suffolk wellbeing and Suffolk MIND are two great services which can offer help for anxiety. If you believe that you need more help then visiting your GP for advice may not be a bad shout!

All I can say is, you beat it once, you can beat it again!!

How to ask:

Please send your questions to: [email protected]

*Please note not all questions will be answered, and all will be posted anonymously. If you are seeking urgent or professional advice, please see our contact list at the end of this sub-section.