stress

  • Bust Buster's Stress

    Ease an anxious pup’s mind with this calming recipe from Made Out of Love: Recipes to Prepare for (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion (The Honest Kitchen, 2009) by Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen natural pet food company.

    1 cup organic oats or millet
    1 chamomile tea bag
    1 cup hot filtered water

  • Relax at the Dentist

    It used to be that nervous dental patients were given the buzz of nitrous oxide or numbing fog of Valium to help them relax in the chair. But these treatments can cause nausea or leave you feeling looped. In lieu of drugs, many dental practices now soothe mild to moderate anxiety with music.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Spot of Tea for Stress

    When the going gets tough, the tough get brewing, a notion legions of tea-loving Brits have subscribed to for centuries. Now, a City University of London study shows that putting a kettle on the stove and sipping tea in times of crisis or unrest can reduce stress—and even make you feel calmer than before the trauma.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Calm Mind, Clear Skin

    At age 16, Dawn Montefusco developed a serious case of psoriasis that covered 85 percent of her body in itchy, red scales. Her doctor dashed her hopes of an easy cure, telling her she’d most likely have the autoimmune disease the rest of her life. “I was a sophomore in high school, so this was devastating,” recalls Montefusco, now 40.

    Don't let stress sabotage your complexion.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Secrets of Healthy Kids

    POP QUIZ: Besides homework and art projects, what’s your kid likely to bring home during the first few weeks of school? That’s right, a cold. But it’s not just exposure to the germs of hundreds of other children that’ll keep her bed-bound. Creeping stress levels and poor eating habits also are to blame.

    Turns out it takes more than an apple a day to keep your little ones out of the doctor’s office. Here’s what you need to make this fall their healthiest yet.
    By Melody Warnick
  • Beat the Post-Vacation Blues

    After touring the Tuscan countryside with your sweetheart or camping with the kids, getting back to the everyday grind sounds less than appealing. Catching up on email at the office and tackling the piles of dirty beachwear at home can cause enough stress to wipe out the hard-earned rejuvenation you scored while away.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Killing Yourself With Kindness

    Miss Manners may favor a nod and a smile over angry tirades, but it turns out that pretending everything’s OK may not be so good for your health. A recent study published in Psychosom measured tightness in the lower back muscles of disgruntled participants. Those who swallowed their anger and faked a smile had the worst tightening and took the longest to recover.

    By Danielle Braff
  • No Child Left Bananas

    Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Reclaiming Calm

    Once a bright student in his Gaza City classroom, 16-year-old Ahmed (name changed to protect identity) could no longer concentrate. His school performance took a nosedive after he watched Israeli soldiers kill his best friend. Images from that day haunted him: his friend’s body in pieces, his face ghostly white, and blood everywhere.

    Nightmares. Anxiety. Flashbacks. A traumatic event can trap you in a cycle of pain. Get your life back with these mind-body techniques.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Is Clutter Affecting Your Health?

    Two summers ago, I couldn’t see the floor in my living room (or elsewhere in my apartment, for that matter). My one-bedroom apartment in New York City was littered with months-old newspapers, half-empty purses, photos, office supplies, unopened mail, coffee mugs, blankets—even pizza crusts.

    Odds are it is. Here’s how to organize your stuff and simplify your life—for good.
    By Penny Wrenn