But I can’t relax! I’m just a naturally stressed person. I tried relaxing before and it didn’t work”.

It’s all too easy to buy into the concept that you are an anxious or ‘highly strung’ type of person and go through life struggling to enjoy yourself. For may people, even though they say they’d like to change their life for the better – and are even shown the tools – they give it a half-hearted go and conclude that it’s just not for them.

I’d be willing to bet that you’ve had quite a few relaxed moments in your existence so far. Most of us listen to music, watch films, read books or go for walks. Everything slows down, you feel at peace. You may even lose your sense of time. Even if it was just momentary, your mind and body have relaxed before – and they can again. You just need to practise.

As they say in the face cream commercials – “now for the science bit”.