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Keep calm and carry on? Stiff upper lip? Not bloody likely. Between the Tesco's self-service queue, sweltering, smothering, overcrowded Tube journeys, and the million and one people cluttering the streets, we Londoners experience more stress than we know what to do with.
But, before you pull a full-on Naomi on the next barista to mess up your coffee order, take a deep breath and a minute or so to read these tips for understanding and coping with city stress — courtesy of our favourite writers, self-development gurus, and anxiety experts. If this blissed-out bunch can't help you CTFO, nobody can.
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