Stress busting techniques such as yoga and meditation are used by millions of people around the world to stay calm.
We live in such turbulent times where even turning on the TV can send blood-pressure shooting off the scale and stress busting techniques are badly needed.
We are constantly bombarded with words and images that instil fear and terror into our hearts. My way of dealing with it is to avoid watching real-time TV and reading newspapers.
I only watch light-hearted programmes that I have recorded so I can skip mind-numbing ads and the intrusion of very bad news at regular intervals.
Stress busting techniques have now become an almost essential part of everyday life.
For me, stress busting means a short drive to the beach, where I sit very close to the sea, with nothing in my field of vision except the sea.
Nothing else reaches my ears except the roar and crash of the waves. Giving my eyes and ears a rest from the images and noise of 'civilised' life in an increasingly crazy world seems to give my mind a rest too.
Sometimes, when I sit watching the undulating and endless body of water surging backwards and forwards at the command of a moon more than 250,000 miles away, I fantasize about slowing it down and it helps me relax. It helps me slow down my own thoughts and heart rate.
One day, when I was sitting cross-legged on the shore, right in front of the endless (and free!) stress busting sea, it crossed my mind that I am extremely lucky to live so close to it. Then I started thinking about people who live further inland and how far they would need to drive to use the stress busting technique I take for granted.
So I made a film of the sea that I like to lose myself in. Well, not literally! Oh, and I slowed it down too. I even use this film myself if I can't get out.
If you need to find a stress busting technique that is as simple as sitting back and getting lost in the sight and sound of the sea - try watching this short film. It may not be for everyone, especially if you live near a much warmer, bluer sea!
However, for people who are stuck in a big city most of the time, this film may have some stress busting benefit. For anyone who watches the film through to the end, do let me know how it made you feel. Did it make you feel relaxed?