If you're feeling stressed out by life, the first thing to remember is that you're not alone.
Anxiety is a huge problem in Britain and according to the charity Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety are rising.
Almost one in five people from around the UK feels anxious a lot or all the time, the charity recently reported, after a survey found that almost half of Britons feel more anxious than in the past.
But not everyone suffers from anxiety. So what is the secret to letting go of stress?
According to Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar, you need to start by accepting that stress is normal.
"Everyone experiences stress, anxiety and worry in life. It’s totally natural. The hunched shoulders, thumping heart and thoughts like ‘I can’t do this’ leading to elaborate avoidance tactics or a shouting match with your boss.
Once you've faced the fact that life can be rather unpleasant, it's time to move into action."
The experts suggest that (unlike a purely physical illness), you should throw off the duvet and look the cause of your stress in the eye.
"Stop avoiding the scary stuff. Changing how you act when confronted with an intimidating task is integral to becoming calmer and less stressed."
But, they say, it's not enough to simply try and change -- you need to follow through.
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"Promise yourself that, having made a start, you’re not going to abandon things half way through otherwise you’re not giving yourself a chance at succeeding and won’t ever have an opportunity to disprove your fears about how you can cope."
Learning to comfort yourself, and live with your own anxieties can be a rich and rewarding experience, writes HuffPost blogger David Mochel.
"I have come to the conclusion that comfort is not the final measure of the quality of my life.
For me, a day spent learning, contributing, loving, and growing is a really great day. Sometimes this happens with relative ease, and sometimes this comes with some sweaty palms - such is life."
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