The key is to see it as a challenge
because there’s a back catalogue of things you tried and, yes, it was a hard time but you’re OK, you look back at how you dealt with it and it adds to your self-belief.”
For celebrity yoga instructor Shona Vertue, the best antidote for stress in a positive way is yoga and meditation, which allows you to focus on your breath and slow down.
“They’re a tool for both energising the body and relaxing it — this is one of the reasons it’s great for stress relief,” she says.
“Through a consistent and committed practice you can really feel both the mental and physical benefits.“
The practice has a strong celebrity following. While they may earn millions, their demanding schedules, the scrutiny of public life and pressure to always appear happy for fans leaves many feeling pressured.
Superstars Katy Perry and Gisele Bündchen both find peace in transcendental meditation, using it to channel those pressures into creative pursuits.
Perry has gone so far as describing it as the cure for common stress, adding: “Stress is such a killer these days and I have a lot of it in my life. I have a tool that is going to subside it.”
And Bundchen told Vogue that meditation brings her a different awareness and greater peace. But for it-girl Kendall Jenner, relieving stress is a simpler solution in music and talking things through with her equally famous sisters
The idea that moderate short term stress is advantageous isn’t new. In 1908 psychologists Robert M Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson established the Yerkes-Dodson Law, colloquially known as the inverted U model.
The theory is that those with low stress experience boredom, correlating with low productivity. Those with too much stress were least happy and the worst performers. Productivityvity peaks in the middle, where some stressress is present but is a motivating, rather than han debilitating force.
Clinical psychologist Dr Aileen Alegado from Mindset Psychology agrees someme stress is optimal, likening our productivity too starting a car — it won’t work if it’s too cold butut you don’t want it to overheat.
“We all need a little bit of stress in n our life to start to get going,” she says.
“But when the stress becomes moreore chronic or tips over that optimal level — andd that level is different for everyone — it can activatetivate the fight or flight response. A little of that at is good, but too much can cause anxiety.”
Dr Alegado says it’s important too keep stress levels in check, recognise any behaviouralvioural changes if they happen and recommends mends positive coping strategies, includingg yoga and meditation or other exercise and seeking eking support to talk issues through with family and friends who can offer perspective.