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What Is Stress and How Can I Relieve It? (6585)

What Is Stress and How Can I Relieve It? (6585) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Miscellaneous


What Is Stress and How Can I Relieve It?

Stress is an experience. It produces physical, mental and emotional symptoms. It happens a lot
with changes in our lives, both the ups and the downs. It is a way for our body, mind, and spirit
to let us know when we are out of balance.

How do I know I am feeling stress?

Physical Symptoms
 Fast breathing or heartbeat
 Dry mouth
 Headaches
 Backaches
 Stomachaches
 Teeth grinding
 Feeling tired
 Sweaty palms
 Heartburn
 Foot tapping
 Tight muscles
 Overeating
 Problems sleeping
 Other________________________

These are some of the common feelings
related to stress.
 Depressed
 Anxious
 Crabby
 Impatience
 Lonely
 Tired
 Bored
 Other________________________

What can I do to relieve stress?

Have fun
 See a funny movie
 Go to a comedy club
 Shop until you drop
 Listen to music outdoors
 Go to the library
 Play a game
 Work on a jigsaw puzzle

Get some exercise
 Bowling
 Roller-blade
 Swim or splash in the water
 Walking
 Running
 Biking
 Skiing
 Canoeing

Try something new
 Begin a new hobby or craft
 Join a club or group
 Start a journal

Express yourself creatively
 Sing or whistle a song
 Play an instrument
 Draw or paint a picture
 Write a poem
 Color
 Try a new recipe or make an old
 Plant flowers
 Garden

Make a gratitude list

 ________________________
 ________________________
 ________________________
 ________________________

Take care of yourself
 Take a hot scented bath
 Sip a hot drink
 Nap
 Watch a sunrise or sunset
 Lie back and watch the clouds
Take quiet time to
 Blow bubbles, sit quietly and bring
your awareness to your breath.
Breathe in to the count of 3, and out
to the count of 3.
 Meditate by lighting a candle and
watching the flame.
 Go out and be in nature. Take a
walk in the woods. Sit next to a
stream and daydream.
 Imagine taking your dream vacation.
 Take a drive in the country.
 Listen to your favorite music or
relaxation tape.
 Light a candle

Reach out to others
 Call, or write a letter, or email to a
 Catch up with a family member

Time management
 Make a list and pick the top 5 to do
 Clean out a closet or a drawer
 Finish something

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©12/2016. University of
Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#6585