Family & Children

Although usually thought of as a safe haven from the stresses and strains of daily life, family can often itself be a major cause of stress.

Stress during pregnancy: is it dangerous?

Can stress during pregnancy harm an unborn child? Many women worry that their health or behaviour could damage the foetus, but what’s the evidence? And how can women help themselves?

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Festive season ups stress hormones, disrupting sleep

Christmas is traditionally seen as a time for relaxation and recharging your batteries. Research suggests that may not be quite accurate.

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Teen girls risk depression if mothers suffered stress after birth

A new study finds a link between depression in teenage children and the incidence of high stress levels in their mothers.

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Stressed mothers-to-be more likely to have bullied children: study

Women who suffer stress and mental health problems in pregnancy are more likely to have a child that is bullied in later life, finds a new study.

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Six ways to beat festive-season stress

Christmas is for many of us a time of considerable stress. We bring you six simple ways to get through trails and tribulations of the holiday season.

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Don’t assume you are the cause of other people’s bad temper

Recently, I was driving along a quiet country lane on a fine day, and was in a good mood. An old friend drove past me at some speed. I just had time to acknowledge him before he was out of sight, but to my slight …

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Share your problems

No one is an island – we all need friends. We need them as temporary refuges from problems in other relationships. We discuss solutions and other ideas with them to get feedback on how realistic they are. Real friends are not ‘yes-men’, telling you only …

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Be generous

Many people feel stressed because they are channelled into a particular way of thinking. They are stuck in a routine at home or at work, and life is different shades of grey instead of new colours. This leads to boredom, frustration in relationships and a …

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Just say no

If you put yourself under unnecessary strain by always saying ‘Yes’, then it’s time to learn the art of the graceful refusal. Why saying yes is not for the best… WHY SAYING YES IS NOT FOR THE BEST As far as stress is concerned, many …

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Stressed out? Your problems answered

Agony Aunt Ingrid Miller takes the stress out of some modern dilemmas, including answering questions about financial strain, pressure at work, life after death, and the strain of shyness. FINANCIAL STRAIN My partner earns considerably less than I do. He says that this financial disparity …

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