Stress busters

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Lord Dearing gives Pamela Coleman his tips on how to lead a more relaxing life

When I wake up in the early hours worrying about something, I find the best way to deal with it is to get up and get on with it. I have gone through some horrifying periods of stress recently when I had a lot on my mind and couldn't sleep, and this worked for me. I don't recommend it too often though.

If volume of work is the trouble - and affecting my effectiveness - then I just ease off. A relaxed weekend at home helps. I believe in listening to my body when it is telling me to have a break. In the longer term, it may mean you should stop working all those long hours and realise you have pushed your body too far and must slow down.

The best stress therapy I find, although I don't do it often, is to go and do a couple of hours weeding in the garden. There is nothing more therapeutic than getting on your knees and scratching around in the soil.

I have a plaque in my garden in Surrey, given to me by my wife, which bears the poem which includes that line "You're nearer to God in a garden than anywhere else on Earth" and I think that's true.

Half an hour's Evensong on Sunday is also a great strengthener and stress reliever and gets me through from week to week.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today