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When life gets difficult, it’s important not to neglect your wellbeing.

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According to the Mental Health Foundation, 13.3 million working days are lost each year to stress, depression and anxiety. When pressures, commitments and worries pile up, it’s easy to ignore self-care and fall into bad habits, the negative effects of which quickly accumulate to the point that we feel overwhelmed and burnt out.

When we reach rock bottom, pulling ourselves back up can seem like an insurmountable task. The key is not letting it get that far, which is easier said than done, we know! So to help you out, we spoke to the experts to discover the best ways of staying afloat and looking after yourself when the going gets tough.

Have a laugh

Believe it or not, there is actually some truth to the phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’. “Laughter is a great remedy for stress as it triggers healthy changes in our bodies,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, one of the UK’s leading nutritonists (marilynglenville.co.uk). “Studies have shown that laughing boosts our energy, reduces stress hormone levels, improves immunity and eases pain. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals that make us happier and more relaxed.” Time to get giggling!

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