Tips to support your well-being

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We all need a reminder to look after our well-being. Here are some tips that have been suggested by other children and young people who stammer:

  • Don’t always expect the worst: sometimes it goes well.
  • Remember to congratulate yourself for trying things out. 
  • Get plenty of sleep. 
  • Talk about it, rather than trying to hide it.
  • Know that you are not alone - it is thought that 1 in 12 people stammer at some point in their lives.
  • Ask for support from your teachers, your family, your Speech and Language Therapist who are all there to help you feel happy, confident and successful.
  • You can still achieve everything you want to: getting good marks at school, having great friends and getting a job you love. Your stammer does not need to hold you back!
  • Focus on the positives: make a point of celebrating daily successes. Your stammer is only one very small part of what you are doing and achieving. 
  • Be kind to yourself: no-one speaks smoothly 100% of the time: we are not robots!
  • If you’re feeling low about your stammer then it can be helpful to talk about it. We’re all human and sometimes things can get us down.
  • Recognise that every day might be different for you and your stammer, but that every day is different for everyone – be kind to yourself.
  • Ask about groups you might be able to join with other young people who have a stammer. It can be such a relief to meet other people who share a stammer and are thinking/feeling some of the same things you are. 

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