The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Managing Physical Symptoms that are Triggered by Stress and Anxiety

It is quite common to experience short-lived physical symptoms when your mood is low or anxious, for example:

  • faster, irregular or more noticeable heartbeat
  • feeling lightheaded and dizzy
  • headaches
  • chest pains or loss of appetite

It can be difficult to know what is causing these symptoms, but often people who experience them due to stress, anxiety or low mood find that they get worse when they focus on them. See advice from the NHS on managing the physical symptoms.

If you are concerned about your physical symptoms, then do contact NHS 111 online.

For advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and any symptoms see the NHS website.

If you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood, you can use the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools Every Mind Matters also provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

In a medical emergency call 999. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.

Apps to help manage stress

Calm

https://www.calm.com/ - Calm is an easy to use meditation app for all levels, whether your just starting out or you have been meditating for a while now and just want something new to guide you through. Calm has many benefits for its users including; Reduced stress, reduced anxiety, better overall mood and better sleep.

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of March 2021 to support their mental health and wellbeing. NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with the following app providers to waive costs for the NHS workforce who are dealing with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Headspace

Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.  Free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address is available until 31 March 2021 and is active now.  How NHS staff can get access:

  • If you do not see your NHS email domain or have another support query, please visit the FAQs and support for more information
  • Go to https://www.headspace.com/nhs for NHS staff to access, with the option to select clinical or non-clinical staff to start enrolling.
  • You will need to use your NHS email address to sign up.

 

Daylight

Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.

Big Health is offering free access to Daylight for all NHS staff until 31 March 2021, active now.

 

Unmind

Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfillment and nutrition. The team at Unmind are offering free access to NHS staff until the end of March 2021, which is active now.    How NHS staff can get access:

  • Go to nhs.unmind.com/signup
  • Sign up with your NHS email address
  • Download the Unmind app from your appstore - your organisation name is NHS.