HOLD IT, squeeze it, press it between your hands. When your boss is being particularly difficult this is probably how you feel about his or her neck. Now your stress-induced homicidal tendencies can be transferred to a less career-damaging activity. Aroma Dough (from America, naturally) is infused with essential oils that claim to be naturally stress busting, confidence boosting and relaxing. Sounds great, doesn't it? Still, if you find it doesn't do the trick, there's another plus to aroma dough: you'll have something at hand to throw at your nemesis.

Aroma Dough, pounds 7.95, Potters (tel: 01942 405103).