Due to stresses and strains in life we all experience stress, and often this feeling can overwhelm us. According to the mental health charity MIND

  • Situations or events that put pressure on us – times where we have lots to do and think about, or don’t have much control over what happens.
  • Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have demands placed upon us that we find difficult to cope with.

 But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it’s likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:

  • Managing external pressures, so stressful situations don’t seem to happen to you quite so often
  • Developing your emotional resilience, so you’re better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don’t feel quite so stressed

 Often stress can do a number of things to us such as cause acne, lose our hair and in some cases develop migraines.

Today I was joined by Dr Milen Shah for an open health day and we started off by discussing coughs. When I asked him the difference between medication required for a “dry/ticklish and chesty cough”, I was really surprised by his answer of nothing, as essentially both are the same thing and they just come in different packaging and pricing.

Dr Shah also mentioned that many people panic when they see a different colour of their phlegm, but he insisted not to worry and if it was a persistent problem to see your own GP. But he did say that with hectic lifestyles we expect coughs to disappear overnight, but it’s not that easy as they can take weeks to go completely and even longer if you are a smoker-So it is best to quit!

Without a doubt I’m sure we’ll be back again next week with a variety of open health questions from our viewers. As I like to say, no question is too big or too small for our Zee Companion experts to answer.