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The cost of living has increased substantially this year, and sadly there is no getting around it.

The price of energy, broadband, water, council tax, food and fuel are rising at rates we haven’t seen since the 1970s.

It’s completely understandable if you have felt worried or down about this.

Here are some tips that may help.

Remember, you’re not alone with this

The impacts will be different for us all, but at the end of the day, everybody in this country is being affected by these increases.

This does not take away from your own concern. But it is worth trying to take comfort in the fact that, when it comes to this issue, you are not alone.

Use this to your advantage

The fact everybody is going through this means that, if you do want to talk about it, a close friend, colleague or family member is likely to understand.

Alternatively, whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan is always there to support you –  24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free, or find out about other ways to contact Samaritans.

And while it can be daunting, getting issues off your chest and talking them through can do the world of good.

When you feel overwhelmed, techniques can help

Soothing rhythm breathing, mindfulness and exercise are just some key techniques that can help us feel better.

Here are some more NHS tips about how to cope with anxiety and how to cope with depression.

Get support

In terms of getting support with the cost of living itself, there are numerous schemes, publications and people that can help.

The government is issuing a council tax rebate of £150, which those in council tax bands A-D are eligible for. More information about this can be found here, or read more about government support for the cost of living.

Martin Lewis, the MoneySavingExpert, has created a cost of living survival guide, which includes 90 ways to save.

He also called on the ‘Money Saving Expert community’ on social media to help with this. So if you’re feeling isolated with this, or looking for more guidance, it may be worth keeping up to date with him and his followers on social media, or on his website.

As always, there are a lot of people and organisations here to help you with your mental health too – whether it be your therapist, the NHS, Samaritans, or another.

Lorraine Lowe

Lorraine is a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with 35 years experience. She is also a a fully accredited member of The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. (BABCP). I am fully registered member of the General Social Care council.

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