Patients who are suffering sleep disorders and lack of concentration due to stress have been urged to ensure they participate in enough physical activity throughout the day to help lower their anxiety levels.
As well as affecting sleep patterns, stress can lead to chemical imbalances in the body and increases the workload of major organs in the body and can ultimately cause conditions such as heart disease, said the founder of Taming the Pound Kim Stephenson.
She stated that instead of turning to artificial coping mechanisms such as drugs or alcohol, patients should take up exercise to help reduce their stress levels.
"Physical activity, even walking, is a good stress reducer, keeps you fitter and doesn't need to cost anything," Ms Stephenson added.
Neil Shah, director of The Stress Management Society, recently advised people to manage Christmas tasks with a list and delegate to avoid raising stress levels further during the festive period.