CoppaFeel! founder Kris Hallenga shares tips on how to stay happy in our digital era

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DID you know April has been Stress Awareness Month?

I often get asked how I cope with the stress of cancer. Well, I’ve worked out a life where cancer doesn’t rule it. Of course, I get “scanxiety” when my scan times come around but, in between, I am OK.

Kris Hallenga
Kris is often asked how she deals with the stress of having cancer
Stewart Williams – The Sun

When things are tough, I head outdoors. I know I bang on about cold-water swimming but it really helps my mood.

I have become good at saying no to stuff, putting what I need ahead of what others expect. I ask myself what’s the worst that would happen if I don’t go to an event and the answer is usually not life-threatening.

A good night’s sleep helps me stay stress-free – I love a delicious eight hours.

Recently, I have been more conscious of how social media affects my mood. It’s good to set boundaries.

 

Blurt Foundation, a social enterprise helping those with depression, have tips for how to stay happy in our digital era . . .

  1. Use your phone’s silent mode. Blurt say “utilising this mode allows us to choose when we check our phone or laptop, rather than have a ‘ping’ grab our attention” – and I agree. Otherwise, my heart races when I hear my phone.
  2. Turn off notifications. Do you need to know when someone has “liked” one of your Instagram posts? Probably not.
  3. Curate your digital timeline. Only follow people online that make you feel good or inspired, or make you laugh.
  4. Hide your phone. For me this is helpful because, as soon as I see my phone, I feel the need to pick it up.


  1. Buy a watch. The less we rely on our phones, the less we will look at them and get drawn in by their mighty pull.
  2. Set expectations. We expect replies to texts immediately. Remember, when we relied on letters they took longer.
  3. Turn everything off at night. I set my phone to flight mode and lay it far from my bed so it doesn’t disturb me.
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