Relationships & Sex

Relationships are one of the leading causes of stress. Whether it be a turbulent break-up, falling in love or an impending marriage, relationships often leave us feeling emotionally drained.

9 ways to cope with wedding stress

Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life. But many of us find ourselves overwhelmed in the weeks leading up to the big day. Hilly Janes explains how to cope with wedding stress.

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Loneliness triggers stress response; hits brain like cocaine

How many times do those under stress hear that they need to take some “time out” or find some time on their own to help them relax? Yes, some time alone will often help alleviate stress for those with hectic lives but, suggests an American neuroscientist, spending too much time alone can itself trigger a stress response.

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More Facebook friends means more stress: study

The more people you connect with on Facebook, the more stressed you’re likely to become. A new report suggests that social networking may not be as harmless as most of us think.

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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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The seven habits of highly stressed people and highly stressed relationships – and what you can do about them

We all need supportive relationships to get through challenging times, but sometimes the people we love the most can cause us the highest levels of stress. If your partner, family or children are getting you down, why not check through our list of stress-inducing habits and see if any of them sound familiar?

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5 reasons you need to start fantasizing

The way to beat stress is to start fantasizing… sexually. Forget yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy. In fact, forget relaxation altogether since the best way to beat stress, advises an American stress guru, is to get the adrenaline pumping by fantasizing about your deepest sexual desires, ‘’the wilder the better”.

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Stress and your sex life

Sex can be one of the great stress relievers. But what happens when stress starts to harm your love life? Agony Aunt Ingrid Miller offers some advice on handling stress when it affects your sex life.

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Answer back

The main requirement in my job is the ability to listen. After that comes the ability to talk. These sound simple, but to do both well can be very difficult. We have all experienced the frustration of talking to someone who never gives a direct …

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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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