Getting stressed by small things could be as damaging as eating unhealthily or failing to exercise

Get stressed in traffic jams Be warned – it could be as bad for your health as eating junk food Getting stressed by everyday irritations can cause mental health problems a decade later Researchers warn that the cumulative effect of getting annoyed at small things every day is damaging By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 17:13 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:13 GMT, 3 April 2013 Getting irritated about the small things in life is just as bad for your health as eating a poor diet or failing to exercise, a new study suggests.

Having an early night "lowers blood pressure"

Going to bed an hour earlier each night 'lowers blood pressure in just six weeks' Researchers found people showing early signs of high blood pressure could restore readings to healthy levels by sleeping an extra hour every nightThe study looked at people who slept only seven hours or less who were beginning to have borderline high blood pressure readings | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 Going to bed an hour earlier than usual could help to ward off high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Why you should just grin and bear all life"s problems

Why you should grin and bear life's problems – it's good for the heart Researchers got participants to use chopsticks to encourage neutral or smiling expressionsThose who smiled after a stressful event recovered more quickly | UPDATED: 12:09 GMT, 31 July 2012 Fake it till you make it: Even a forced smile can reduce stress levels It may be an old adage but those who manage to 'grin and bear it' during tough times, can reduce their stress levels and boost heart health, say researchers.

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it"s good for your heart

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it's good for your heart Those who thought about a hurtful event in a forgiving way were protected from spikes in blood pressureHypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke | UPDATED: 09:24 GMT, 30 July 2012 They say to err is human, to forgive divine.

Coleen was slim and fit – but her daily chocolate habit gave her a heart attack

Coleen was slim and fit – but her daily chocolate habit gave her a heart attack | UPDATED: 21:39 GMT, 30 April 2012 Until the heart attack, Coleen Gill had no idea she had several risk factors Coleen Gill reached for an indigestion pill when she felt a burning sensation spread across the middle of her chest.

How stress can shut down the command centre in the brain

Blanking out: How stress can shut down the command centre in the brain | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 10 April 2012 We've all had those terrible moments, whether just before making a wedding speech or delivering a presentation at work, when our minds have gone completely blank.

Why being stressed can wreak havoc with your immune system and make you physically ill

Why being stressed can wreak havoc with your immune system and make you physically illTests showed the immune systems of those who were stressed were less sensitive to cortisol | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 3 April 2012 As many of us know, stress can leave you feeling run down.