Health & Wellbeing

Stress can affect both your physical and mental health. As more research is done into the link between stress and health, the medical community is beginning to view stress as a serious problem. A recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed that stress is the number one cause for chronic illness.

Early to bed…

Making night visits is a part of my job I never enjoy. It is not the patients’ fault, I just like my sleep too much. There is, however, a useful consequence of getting out of bed at 4 a.m. and returning home an hour later …

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To sleep, perchance to dream

Two things in life I am short of are time and sleep. I sympathize with insomniac patients looking for a cure, but pills are never the answer. When I take a detailed sleep history from such people, the cause of their problem is usually obvious …

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Eat well, eat right

Stress can be caused by eating habits. This ranges from eating too much junk food, or eating too much or too fast, to eating the wrong amounts at the wrong time of day. The old adage ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord …

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The secret to a stress-free life

An email which has been circling the world lately claims to reveal ‘the secret to a stress-free life’. It may not do exactly that, but if you are feeling stressed, or even if you are not, it might help you to see your troubles in …

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Build your mental wall

We all find confrontation disagreeable. Bullies capitalize on this, relying on their victim to keep quiet rather than face any more abuse. To counter this we need a strategy to overcome feelings of stress and anxiety generated by such confrontation. I developed the ‘mental wall’ …

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Live once, take risks

I don’t hold with Philip Larkin’s view that ‘Life is first boredom, then fear’. I take the view that in all our lives – even if it is only once or twice – a break comes along which, if we take it, sets us down …

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Don’t put your life in one basket

I was once consulted by a successful entertainer who was well-known for his punishing work schedule. During our half-hour he not only took three ‘vitally important’ phone calls but also jotted down plans for the rest of the week in his personal organiser. He was …

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Tennis: Who is the coolest of them all?

A new ‘Stress Index,’ calculated by stressbusting.co.uk, shows which top tennis players thrive or wilt under the stress of big points – and disproves the theory that tennis champions tend to excel under pressure. Tim Henman is not the sort of player who cracks under …

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The 3-minute stress fixer

The belief that doctors are models of serenity and calm – an oasis of peace in a hectic, turbulent life – is a fallacy. Most doctors I know spend much of their working day gnashing their teeth and generally under pressure. Their saving grace is …

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Why it’s better to work smarter, not harder

There is a golden thread that runs through the advice that experts in time management have to give – concentrate not on how busy you are but on results. In other words, work smarter, not harder.

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