Stress

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

An observational study found that people diagnosed with stress-related disorders were more likely to develop an autoimmune disease, but was unable to provide proof of a directly causal relationship.

Anxiety: What it is, what to do

Francesca Coltrera

Senior Content Writer, Harvard Health Publishing

Some anxiety in your life is normal and may be beneficial, but a response to anxiety that is out of proportion to the cause or source can be an indicator of an anxiety disorder. There are a variety of treatments for anxiety, and often the most effective approach is a combination of different methods.

“Me time” sounds good, but when exactly?

Steve Calechman

Contributor

All parents know how difficult it is to find time for themselves, and probably feel guilty about it when they do, but it’s important to take a break from your responsibilities, even if it’s for only a few minutes a day.

Remembering the “me” in merry: Self-care strategies for this holiday season

As much fun as the holiday season can be, it’s also stressful for many people, and some find it difficult to feel joyful. Taking time amidst the rush to focus on your own feelings and needs can help relieve some of the stress and make the season more pleasant.

7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While the holiday season brings excitement and activity, it also creates stress for many people, and that can affect children too. With some thought and planning, parents can make the holidays more enjoyable for their kids and themselves.

Self-care: 4 ways to nourish body and soul

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s crucial to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, especially when others depend on us. Here are four ways you can incorporate taking better care of yourself into your everyday routine.

Yoga could slow the harmful effects of stress and inflammation

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Contributing Editor

Because stress and inflammation are so harmful, researchers have been studying how yoga might help ease them. If you’re looking to de-stress, this breathing exercise is simple and can be done anywhere.

Feeling okay about feeling bad is good for your mental health

A trio of studies investigated the connection between the ability to accept the negative emotions generated by stressful situations and a person’s long-term psychological health.

Chronic illness is a part-time job. It shouldn’t be

Laura Kiesel

Contributor

As currently structured, the American health care system makes it very difficult for those with chronic illnesses to manage their conditions, causing them to perform the equivalent of unpaid labor.

Secret to brain success: Intelligent cognitive rest

Srini Pillay, MD

Contributor

The ability to train one’s mind to activate the “unfocus” part of the brain, also called the default mode network, can help improve creativity and unlock access to the unconscious mind.