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Health Tip: Stressing Quiet Time

How to rid your family of stress

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(HealthDay News) -- Coping with the demands of work, school, and other activities can put a great deal of stress on family members.

But there are ways that parents can manage their own stress and also minimize the negative effects of stress on the entire family, according to the Duke University Health System.

Parents should learn to manage their own stress by making time for relaxation, exercise, meditation and fun activities. By reducing your stress, you can help lessen your children's stress.

Schedule quiet family time with activities like reading, doing puzzles or art projects, or just talking. Set limits on your children's use of television and high-tech toys. And be sure you and your children get plenty of sleep.


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