Would it help you manage your stress level to get a warning that the text message you're about to read is your boss or partner chewing you out? The creators of a new mobile app think so.
Whenever Felicia Hudson gets overwhelmed juggling a full-time job and caring for her ailing father, she finds solace in a piece of paper hanging in her office.
Gorillas put off their food and stressed out orangutans, could nature tourism be bad for wild animals' health?
That foods can soothe, reduce anxiety and boost your mood is well known to anyone who has kept a vise grip on a pint of Chunky Monkey at midnight or dived into the deep end of a party pack of chips at the end of a day gone awry.
This year the end of the holidays probably didn't bring the usual stress relief; there are still worries about unemployment, a flailing housing market, and a volatile stock market, all of which may be taking a toll on your health.
Earlier this year, sociologist Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., watched President Barack Obama return to his hometown of Chicago to celebrate his 50th birthday. In the days that followed, Olshansky was struck by the amount of media coverage dedicated to a single question: When did Obama's hair get so gray?
Are your finances keeping you up at night? Here are a few tips and tricks to break free and relax.
A new report paints a stark picture of the toll on the U.S. military of almost a decade of war: higher stress and lower morale.
Whether it's a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.
Most jobs are stressful. When you're an hour away from the deadline for that spreadsheet of "value-adding actionable items" and your boss is breathing down your neck, your anxiety level is going to be pretty high.
Women with very demanding jobs are nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack as their peers in more easygoing occupations, a new study suggests.
Breaking points are subjective. Some people are just hard-wired to handle certain stressors better than others.
Are you pessimistic, chronically worried and stressed-out, and ill at ease socially? You may be at higher risk of heart attack and other heart problems, a new study suggests.
You eat right. You exercise. You get an annual physical. You probably think you're doing everything you can to stay healthy.
The shock and stress felt by pregnant women after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, may have contributed to an increase in miscarriages of male fetuses in the United States, according to a study released Monday.
Soon after Paul Coskie's bicycle collided with a car, it became clear to his mother that her son would be sick for a very long time, and indeed he was. The 13-year-old boy went into a coma for a month and spent six months total in the hospital.
If you've been saying for years that long hours at work are killing you, forward this article to your boss--it might literally be true. According to a new study, people who work more than 10 hours a day are about 60 percent more likely to develop heart disease or have a heart attack than people who clock just seven hours a day.
It's a situation every mother has been through: Your child is stressed out or upset, but she's at school or summer camp--too far away for you to give her a hug.
Poets, novelists and songwriters have described it in countless turns of phrase, but at the level of biology, love is all about chemicals.
Somehow I have managed to let stress take over my life. I have several issues to deal with -- a lot of people, financial problems, health problems, family issues, etc. -- but over time I have been worrying and stressing over them constantly. I can't seem to turn my mind off. It feels like I am surrounded by hundreds of little stress monsters, and they constantly fire little stress arrows into my brain. I know that sounds weird, but it's almost like they are competing to be the No. 1 stressor. Sometimes this goes on late into the night, preventing sleep. I guess it would be called "racing thoughts." How can I turn my mind off?
"I picked her up and brought her to a friend's house in Los Angeles," her mother tells PEOPLE
"Her mom is checking out spas around the country now," a source tells PEOPLE
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta treats a 15-day-old baby whose house collapsed upon her in the Haiti earthquake.
As Haitians struggle to recover from the devastation of Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, mental health experts caution that the most severe psychological effects won't take form until individuals' situations stabilize.
A new study outlines the health benefits of having more sex. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the details.
Yoga instructor Sadie Nardini and her husband got an early start on their New Year's resolution: In December, the New York couple decided to have sex every day for the entire month.
In today's Health Minute, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how music relieves the body of stress.
A new international poll has revealed that money is the main source of stress in most countries --- but men and women often don't worry about the same things.
I have a diagnosis of brittle bipolar disorder. Most peer-reviewed literature tells me that setting up concrete routines (daily, work, home, etc.) is a good way to help control symptoms. Is this true? Is it an important tool or just speculation? How can I work with my employer/coworkers to limit my symptoms with routines?
We all know we're supposed to eat healthy portions. So why is it that a rough day at the office or even just the smell of chocolate-chip cookies can cause us to throw our best intentions out the window?
There may be a reason that children's asthma rates are so high in urban areas. Youngsters with stressed-out parents and exposure to air pollution have a higher risk of asthma, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
America's highest ranking military officer said Tuesday the nation must do more for the mental health of American soldiers, warning statistics show "there are going to be more [troop] suicides this year than last."
Although it may have been Jon and Kate Gosselin's unusual family that landed them a reality show, it is their marital problems-- to which much of their audience can likely relate-- that have made them a household name in recent weeks.
"Just the facts" has always been Lillian Waugh's motto. A historian and former professor of women's studies at West Virginia University, Waugh is a stickler for facts and details. And because she was always the "go to" person at WVU, she was constantly in demand -- and busy.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on exercises that can help you handle the pressure of work in today's Health Minute.
Feel as if you're about to snap? Learn what causes stress, along with proven strategies for controlling it.
As if losing your job isn't bad enough, a new study suggests that people who are laid off are at higher risk of being diagnosed with health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and even arthritis than those who keep their jobs.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports that people who are laid off are more likely to develop new health problems.
If you're lying awake at night, feeling angry or fatigued, because of stress, you're in the majority, according to a nationwide report released Tuesday.
As recession-rattled Americans look to stretch their dollars, it looks like yoga is a little luxury they're holding on to -- or adding to -- their schedules in the hopes of shedding some stress.
If you think you're immune to market panic, consider this experiment.
Managing the service department of an Atlanta, Georgia, car dealership is a stressful job, according to Debbie Peek.
Feeling stressed out and not sure what to do about it? Some doctors may suggest meditating, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports
Stress-induced analgesia occurs when an injured person can ignore the pain of an injury because of other stressful situations going on at the same time. For example, if you bang your shin while hiking, it stops hurting if you see a mountain lion. Researchers say a stress hormone, noradrenaline, also known as norepinephrine, which floods the bloodstream during stressful events, numbs the brain's pain-processing pathway. Previous studies have shown that adrenaline is also part of the reason that certain forms of stress can boost the immune system and help fight off the flu. A study on rats explains how someone injured in a car wreck can still manage to save other people.
When Helen Smith had a heart attack at age 37, she was in shock. She was young, healthy and in tip-top shape. There'd been no warning signs. She had no family history of heart disease.
If you want to find a job that is free of stress, you're out of luck. Only characters in movies and on TV have jobs that don't cause occasional hair-pulling or high blood pressure.
A work spouse is a co-worker of the opposite sex with whom you have a close platonic relationship. In many ways, these relationships can mirror a real marriage.
The stress from deepening debt is becoming a major pain in the neck -- and the back and the head and the stomach -- for millions of Americans
If you've got five minutes, you have enough time to try one of these stress busters. What are you waiting for? Try one now!
The number of U.S. military personnel diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder jumped 47 percent in 2007 according to new statistics -- a change the Pentagon attributed to greater awareness and better record-keeping.
Bangalore has a suicide rate three times the national average. The workplace stress in India's booming corporate sector may be taking a psychological toll
A groundbreaking new study helps explain why some people succumb to post-traumatic stress disorder while others don't
Some people bring unexpected lightness and comfort to your life. They crackle with energy, practically electrify you with their presence. And then there are those who leave you feeling stressed out. Or guilty. Or exhausted down to your very last molecule.
Why did you quit your last job - assuming you left voluntarily? According to a recent study of 93 big companies by human-resources consultants Watson Wyatt (www.watsonwyatt.com), the No. 1 reason why people quit is excessive stress. Yet employers seem unaware of this, or in denial: When asked why they thought employees were leaving, most HR managers gave insufficient pay and lack of career development, including promotions, as the main reasons.
A new study suggests that a mother's acute emotional stress during early pregnancy may increase her unborn baby's risk of developing schizophrenia later in life
Our company's wellness program invites employees to take an online risk-assessment survey provided by one of the nation's top clinics. I generally don't take those things because I like to fly high and tight, and if a piece of antiaircraft fire is coming my way, I don't really want to know about it. But it came to my attention that participants get a 10% reduction in the cost of their health insurance. Since that would bring my annual bill down to just below $40 billion, I decided to give it a shot.
Students will learn about different types of stress and stressors and how the body responds to different types of stress. Students will identify ways to manage holiday stress.
RoseEllen Dowdell wakes up in the middle of the night, thinking about her sons, one in the military and one a firefighter. Kristina Zimmerman changes the channel when she hears of another soldier killed -- not wanting to worry about her husband, a military policeman.
We want to believe in the happily-ever-after. That when the troops come home to the local high school band playing, families waiting, flags waving, the worst is over and they are finally free to begin tending to their lives, families and lawns. Everything that the American dream and the flag they've fought under is all about.
Doctors encourage rest and relaxation to deal with stress. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Jennifer Lynch and Jennifer Gonzalez live nearly 900 miles apart. But they have much more in common than their first names: Each has three young children, each works outside the home and each admits she's stressed out.
Fourth-grade teacher Elisabeth Beckwith wants her students at Fernbank Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, to pay attention to a lesson on Greek mythology.
Feeling frazzled? Try these proven strategies for controlling stress (instead of letting stress control you).
A new study shows soaring rates of child abuse and neglect in military families after a parent's deployment
Patients aren't the only ones harmed by medical errors, according to a survey released Wednesday that found many doctors who make mistakes -- and even those who come close -- suffer stress, sleep problems and loss of confidence
More American women are closer to combat in Iraq than in any other modern war, and there are many unknowns about the mental health effects they may experience when they come home from the war zone.
A year after coming home from Iraq, AJ Jefferson is still fighting the war in eerie nightmares about the bomb that left him and two comrades seriously wounded.
The latest Pentagon survey assessing the mental health of troops in Iraq found one-third of soldiers and Marines in high levels of combat report anxiety, depression and acute stress.
Dr. Thomas Perls is the founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world. As one of the nation's leading gerontologists, Perls also runs the Web site http://www.livingto100.com/, which allows visitors to assess their life expectancy.
For Natalie, it started in high school. She had always been a hearty eater, but increasingly, when life got stressful, she turned to food for comfort.
I have close, meaningful relationships with espresso brownies, cold beer, and reruns of "The West Wing." Until recently, it hadn't occurred to me that these paramours are, in fact, three of the major players in my stress-management strategy. Hey, I wasn't even aware I had a stress-management strategy.
There's more than one way to overindulge during the holiday season. You can carol until you get a sore throat, or scarf too many cookies at the office party. You can stress over the perfect prime rib, or try to work off 5 pounds in a day so you can fit into that slinky cocktail dress that night.
If finding the right amount of time for work, family and fun in your life turns into more of a juggling act than a balancing act, you're not alone.
The news of four soldiers accused of murders and rape in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, brings up issues that are often linked, but should not be -- "stress" and "crime."
As senior manager of FedEx's bustling Anchorage hub, Dale Shaw oversees hundreds of employees who unload and sort up to 13,400 parcels per hour arriving from Taipei, Pudong and Hong Kong, and bound, that same day, for hubs in Memphis, Newark, and Los Angeles.
The holidays are supposed to be a happy time for children -- they're on vacation, they get to hang out with their friends and they can sleep in late. Unfortunately, not all kids are in good cheer. Like many adults, children and teenagers can get stressed during the holidays.
The white coats of cardiologists are a regular fixture for heart patients, but more and more, the furry coats of man's best friends might become a common sight.
Driving to work can be extremely stressful -- and unhealthy. A stress-management expert tells six ways to calm down and protect your sanity.
Come on, admit it. You've fallen victim to workplace stress at one time or another. You've probably even called in sick because of a stress-related illness.
Dear Armchair Millionaire: I feel like I'm on a treadmill. I'm in my early 40s and earn a decent salary, but it's a high-stress job and the stress is killing me.
Sheep have shown researchers why stressed-out people are comforted by the sight of a friendly face.
As the world's major hubs become bogged down with more security checks and with more travelers returning to the skies, jet stress is being driven to new heights.
A South Carolina psychiatrist said Wednesday he will immediately start recruiting patients after winning approval to conduct the first study testing MDMA -- better known as ecstasy -- as a therapeutic tool.
For John Haughom, it started about two years ago.
Stress has become part of everyday life--40% of U.S. workers feel it on the job--but not all stress is bad. Most of my patients would be bored to tears without stressful challenges in their lives. ...
Two hours after too much Vindaloo chicken and beer at lunch, the chest still feels oddly tight. The fingers of the left hand tingle slightly. That sharp shooting pain above the diaphragm has subsid...
I'LL NEVER GET a heart attack. Not me. Maybe that pasty-faced guy in sales who always looks so tired. And that blimp-in-a-suit who ate all the French fries at lunch today and had pie for dessert. H...
WHAT WE DON'T understand about stress could fill volumes. And it does. Some books say stress is an invigorating tonic; others, that it's lethal. Stress stands implicated in practically every compla...
Corporate America worries a lot about stress. Studies portentously estimate that it costs U.S. industry maybe $150 billion a year. Hundreds of companies offer programs to help employees manage it. ...
BY NOW MANY health-conscious Americans can readily reel off the four main risk factors commonly associated with heart disease: a high cholesterol level, a diet heavy in saturated fats, high blood p...