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Dear Wendy: Yoga will help stressed woman stay off tranquillisers.

Q FOR years I was stuck on tranquillisers and my life was chaotic and in turmoil.

Now I have finally got myself sorted out and have gradually weaned myself off all drugs so that I no longer need them.

It's a wonderful relief, but I do find myself waking in the night and fretting and worrying about small and insignificant things that in the past would have seemed like nothing compared to all my other troubles.

I end up in a hot sweat which leaves me exhausted. I am worried about going to the doctor about it as I don't want to go back on any tablets. What do you suggest?

Madge from Kinver

A What you have to learn to do is to get your worries into proportion and not let them get the better of you.

After years of being stressed that's not easy. Confide your worries to a friend or relative - their reassurance will help calm you down.

Consider going to yoga or relaxation classes so that you learn the techniques of breathing and concentration which can calm down the whole body, help with stress and with sleep.

Read Alternatives to Tranquillisers by John McKenna, published by Newleaf, price pounds 6.99, which I am sure you will find useful.
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Author:Nelson, Wendy
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2000
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