We offer support for dealing with stress through helpful information and practical advice, even if you’re not a Bupa customer.

Stress affects your mind and your body

A bit of stress is normal, like during a driving test or before a date. But when it’s making you miserable, or affects your physical health, it’s time to act. That can mean working on what’s causing your stress as well as changing the way you react to it.

When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones to help you cope in the moment – for example, by increasing your heart rate. High levels of stress, or over a long period of time, can therefore harm not only your physical health but your mental health too. So it’s important to reduce your stress where you can.

Tips on how to reduce stress

Practical tips for dealing with stress

Work through your worries

Our interactive Worry Tree helps you figure out how to sort out your feelings and offers tips for dealing with stress.

Try a digital detox for mindful stress reduction

We use our phones, computers and televisions so often that we can get overloaded. Try taking some time out to enjoy being in the moment.

Support from Bupa’s experts on how to reduce stress

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, offers a wide range of help in dealing with stress and anxiety.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • YoungMinds

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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