This helpful article in the Times health section offered ten ways to combat stress..

Walking, even if only for a brief period through a pleasant environment such as a park, around a cricket field or any open space, by a river, by woodland or whatever is personally relaxing is a an excellent way of clearing mental cobwebs. Focusing on the pleasantness of the scenery and enjoying the moment maximizes the stress relief that can be obtained.

All the usual suspect were paraded but we did like the comment posted by James Best in response to Katy Watkinsons cheery #11

Number 11. Cut down on the Alcohol. Alot of people are drinking far too much and using it as a self medicating short fix, it does seem to be the one demon that is stopping alot of people performing and properly doing so.

James simply replied:

You are aged 50, you have been made redundant, you can’t keep up the mortgage payments on your house, your wife blames you for all the problems and you have teenage children living at home. Somehow I don’t think deep breathing or a walk in the park are likely to have much effect. In fact a large scotch might just make you feel better!