Change is in the air: time to plan ahead One of the biggest pressure points can be the change in routine. Mealtimes, bedtimes, everything changes in one fell swoop at the end of August. Photograph: Getty Images

New beginnings can be stressful at this time of year but anticipating change and starting new habits in advance will help

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