. Make sure you factor regular physical activity into your weekly routine. It has to suit you and your capabilities, but just about everyone
should be able to get outside and take some form of physical activity. Being physically active is the cheapest and one of the more effective ways of helping to reduce stress.
Cut down on stimulants such as tea, coffee and definitely alcohol. Alcohol is a dangerous substance in people with anxiety and should be avoided where possible.
Meditation. The benefits of meditation are many. The major reason that it isn’t used more widely is that, as GK Chesterton said of Christianity, “It has not been tried and found wanting: it has been found difficult and left untried”! There are many forms of meditation and you just need to take time to find one that works for you. The benefits are that it allows you to slow down, to learn how to control your breathing, lower your heart rate and to discover that peace is not something that exists outside of you, but inside of you - in fact inside all of us!
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Each of us is a unique individual and CBT can be tailored to each individual, but in my opinion, CBT should be taught by a trained professional - a psychologist, so that the individual can then learn to use it by themselves.
Stress is something we all live with on a daily basis, but when it affects our ability to enjoy each day, then we need help. For the most part, stress can make us all better people and help us to learn new skills and improve our sense of health and well-being. But for those at the red end of the spectrum, there are many excellent professionals who can help lead you through those difficult times.