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Stress about the coronavirus pandemic can actually increase your risk of infection, but exercise can alleviate the immune system’s stress response. Above, a lone jogger in Ottawa, on March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help

The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there’s a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.
Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure. (Shutterstock)

The smelly truth about romantic relationships and health

Smelling a romantic partner’s clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
Bach’s remedies come from his personal connection to flowers. from www.shutterstock.com

Science or Snake Oil: do ‘rescue remedies’ ease stress?

Bach’s rescue remedies are tiny amounts of boiled flowers mixed with brandy. There’s little surprise there’s no evidence of their effectiveness.
Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving. (Shutterstock)

Play games with your kids this summer to boost their brains

From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help. Kamira/Shutterstock.com

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

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.
Rosa and Alan Duarte at a vigil Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Why restoring morale is important to mental health in difficult times

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.

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