5 top expert tips to banish stress, now
'You might think that someone who has trouble slowing down should opt for calming exercises, but what you actually need is to burn off a bit of steam,' says Roberta Lee, author of The SuperStress Solution (Bantam Press, £12.99). Get your heart rate going and invest in some blackout blinds at home so when you do take some time out, nothing can distract you.
It's tempting to skip the gym when a headache kicks in, but it could banish the pain. Working out not only uses up the excess adrenaline, but also helps to loosen your muscles and release pain-inducing tension.
To stop jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding, press a warm cloth against your cheek for five minutes before bed to relax your jaw muscles and talk to your dentist about being fitted for a mouth guard.
Stress boosts testosterone levels, and if you have sensitive sebaceous glands, it will lead to breakouts. Try over-the-counter lotions that contain benzoyl peroxide or ask your GP for topical creams and antibiotics. Some contraceptive pills are good at clearing up acne, too.
A weak immune system and stress can lead to sneezing, so as well as stocking up on antihistamines and vitamin C, give your defences a boost by taking a brisk walk every day to help produce epinephrine, your body's natural decongestant.
Posted: 03/04/2012 at 11:00
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