Generic plotting of ‘green space’ on an urban plan does not target mental wellbeing unless it is designed to engage us with the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
Successful parks and urban green spaces encourage us to linger, to rest, to walk for longer. That, in turn, provides the time to maximise the restorative mental benefits.
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress?
Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.
A little piece of calm.
Research shows tranquility can help to boost levels of relaxation, reduce stress and even provide pain relief.
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.
School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.
Do you reply to emails first thing in the morning and last thing at night? Your company should be insisting that you don't.
Matters of the mind.
Tough events are tough on the brain.
Luckily stress doesn’t do this to you!
Heart racing, quick breathing and tension headaches are just some of the ways stress changes your body.
Night-time lighting – seen here in Chongqing, China – is one of many aspects of city living that can make us more stressed.
Research shows planners and built environment professionals have surprisingly poor knowledge about how cities might harm mental health. The good news is that simple steps can make a big difference.
Job burnout: how to spot it and take action.
The telltale signs of burnout ... and what to do about them.
A young breast-cancer patient in her home.
Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of "chance" in cancer.
City workers in London place flowers in the heart of the city after terrorism killed seven people and wounded 40 others.
Terrorism, confusion and fear are leaving many feeling demoralized. While not quite on the level of depression, demoralization is still something to pay attention to. Here are some ways to do that.
A stable, supportive family is key to preventing childhood trauma.
Childhood trauma from abuse, neglect and even divorce increases the risk for physical, mental and developmental problems. To prevent the poisonous consequences, safety and stability are essential.
This newborn fiddler ray will be released back into the ocean. But will it survive?
Rays caught unintentionally by fishing trawlers often spend time on deck before being returned to the ocean. New research shows the stress of this experience affects pregnant rays, and their babies.
Feeling sweary? On your bike!
Be careful about where you try this out.
A fern repeats its pattern at various scales.
Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists' work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.
Hair samples reveal how stress and obesity are linked.
A protest in New York’s Washington Square Park days after Donald Trump’s election.
Millions took to protests after Donald Trump was elected, but others took to therapists' offices. Read why the election was harder on some than others, and things you can do to take care of yourself.
Traffic in Los Angeles.
Traffic wastes time, creates pollution and costs money. But can it also affect us psychologically? A new study suggests that unexpected traffic can increase the incidence of domestic violence.
The threat of Centrelink debt is one more stressor on already vulnerable people.
The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system is bad news for the mental health of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people it targets.
Making New Year resolutions?
Research shows that kindness towards oneself, or self compassion, could improve motivation.