Health & Diet Tips

Latest Health News & Guides

WIN a new iPhone - Enter Now

Win a £100 H&M Voucher - Enter Now

Beat Stress: Simple Stress-Busters
Find out how to reduce your stress levels in a few easy steps.
In this article:
  • Stress buster Tips: Exercise, pets, meditation and more.
  • From panic attacks to cancer, discover the health risks of stress.
  • The main causes of stress.

Stress causes heart disease and diabetes, leads to depression and costs the British economy an estimated £3.7 billion per year – but that’s nothing compared to the personal costs.

Almost 14 million working days are lost due to stress every single year, yet over 80% of workers say they would rather phone in sick with flu or another problem than admit they were stressed. We're working longer hours, sleeping less than ever and pressure at work has never been so stressful. A third of UK workers cannot get to sleep at night because of anxiety - and three-quarters find they are unable to ‘switch off’ when they leave the office.

Read on to find out about the health risks of stress – plus our simple stress-reducing tips.

Stress: The Health Risks

Think it’s not important? Then consider these scary ways stress could be causing havoc with your health without you even realising it.

• Stress can cause panic attacks, insomnia, eczema, psoriasis, stomach and chest pain, hair loss, nausea and diarrhoea, giddiness and muscle pain, plus ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.

• There’s a well-known deadly link between stress and heart disease. Hormones released by feeling stressed out change your metabolism and increase your blood pressure, both risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

• Stress also hugely increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes, even in young women. It’s because stress reduces oestrogen levels, which usually protect women against osteoporosis and hardened arteries until after menopause.

• Stress causes cancer cells to resist treatment. To find out how, Click Here.

• Studies have even found that stress suffered by pregnant women can harm their unborn children. To read more, Click Here.

• Stress plays a huge role in chronic fatigue syndrome – a debilitating fatigue that can include muscle aches, fever and sleep disturbances.

• Research has even shown that stress kills brain cells. To find out more, Click Here.

Stress Busters:

Get some exercise. It’s well known that physical activity reduces anxiety and stress, and it’s not just because it’s a distraction from the causes of stress. One recent study published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, for example, found that exercise has a significant impact on anxiety, and reduces stress for some time afterwards.

Play with a pet. Several studies have shown that caring for an animal reduces stress. Recent US research, for example, found that people with pet dogs experience just one fifth of the typical anxiety, blood pressure hikes and heart rate risks people generally experience in stressful situations.

Get some green. Growing a garden or even a pot plant could make a huge difference to your stress levels. There’s a growing body of research giving credibility to the widely held belief that nature can improve health. For example, one recent US study showed that adding greenery or a garden to hospital environments reduces stress significantly among patients, visitors and staff – plus it even lessened patient's pain in some cases.

Do some mind-body meditation. Research suggests that meditating helps you cope better with stress, and one recent Chinese study shows that it is also lessens related feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue. In fact, the theory is that stress is actually a flexible skill that can be trained. To find out more, Click Here.

Have an aromatherapy massage. Scientists have finally confirmed what most of us have known all along – that aromatherapy massages, especially when accompanied by music, dramatically reduce stress levels. Researchers for the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that 60 per cent of nursing staff suffered from moderate to extreme anxiety – but this fell to just eight per cent once staff had received just 15 minutes of aromatherapy massages while listening to relaxing new-age music.

Get back to nature for challenging outdoor activities. Researchers for the Journal of Leisure Research found that taking a hike or going rock climbing, backpacking or canoeing reduces stress and improves self confidence; and that people who are able to tackle unpredictable physical demands are also better equipped to cope with unexpected challenges and mental and emotional stress. In fact, they even discovered that physically fit people have lower levels of stress hormones.

Read More on Stress:

Top Five Stress Causes: We count down the top stress triggers, and how to get through them.

Herbal Stress-Busters: Natural herbal remedies can help in the treatment of several stress-related illnesses.

Mindset Matters: Other ways your mind could be causing your body wear and tear.


Comment on this Article
Email: (this will not be made public)  

© Copyright 2009 KeepTheDoctorAway -     |    About Us Our other websites: - -