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?
Fast breathing or heartbeat
These are some of the common feelings
related to stress.
What can I do to relieve stress?
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
Swim or splash in the water
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
Try a new recipe or make an old
Make a gratitude list
Take care of yourself
Take a hot scented bath
Sip a hot drink
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
Light a candle
Reach out to others
Call, or write a letter, or email to a
Catch up with a family member
Make a list and pick the top 5 to do
Clean out a closet or a drawer
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