10th October 2013 – Female First – 7 ways to combat stress

Stress is defined by the way you feel when you’re under abnormal pressure, as it’s World Mental Health Day today, we’ve enlisted the help of a range of experts to share their advice on ways to combat stress

Get enough sleep: Sleep really is a great potion and affects well-being. Between six to eight hours sleep is ideal and sometimes stress can cause insomnia. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, says sleep is vital as it gives the body a chance to undergo essential repairs. “When we sleep the body spends a lot of time repairing and renewing. Levels of growth hormones rise which promote cell repair, while growth and stress hormone levels drop off,” she says. Maintaining a good wind down session and making sure all phones, ipads are turned off and our bedroom is calm well ventilated will help plus important not to check the time through the night.

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