Stress

Tame your stress.

Stress affects the whole you – mind and body. Healthy thinking can help your relaxation response. Learn how to feel better by managing the stress in your life.

Stress

Why am I so stressed?

Your body triggers an automatic response when you’re afraid. The threat could be real or imagined. What can cause stress?

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Emotional problems like grief or depression
  • Relationship or work-related issues
  • And much more

Repeated or uncontrolled stress can contribute to physical and mental disorders. These can include digestive problems, insomnia,  cardiovascular disease, anxiety, reproductive disorders, headaches, chronic viral infections, depression, and diminished immunity.

Learn more about stress and how it affects your body.

How can I help myself?

There are many ways to help alleviate stress:

Or try some apps developed by the Center for Behavioral Health Intervention Technologies, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. They are free from Google Play, and include:

  • Thought Challenger, to reinforce positive thoughts
  • iCope, for encouraging and reassuring messages you create
  • Purple Chill, for exercises on mindfulness, muscle relaxation, and visualization
  • Slumber Time, to get a better night’s rest with a bedtime checklist, sleep diary, and customizable alarm
  • Daily Feats, to help you incorporate worthwhile and productive activities into your day

Relaxation for living and sleeping well

Cultivating Health(R) Relaxation for Living and Sleeping Well guides you through several relaxation exercises.

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Make yourself comfortable. Take slow, deep breaths. Listen and follow along:

Relaxation takes practice. The more you do it, the easier it will be to relax.

How do I manage everyday pressures?

Stress is often a result of our hectic lifestyles. Various responsibilities and rushing to do more with less sometimes means we sacrifice relaxation time with self and family.

Want to learn how to cope better?

Paced Breathing

Breathing exercises

Did you know that breathing exercises can help manage intense emotions? Slowing down and focusing on your breathing instead of your worries can help you relax in minutes!

Watch the video now.

Looking for more?

 

If you’re a Kaiser Permanente Northwest member, call:

Portland 503-249-3434
Longview-Kelso 360-575-4821
Salem 503-316-2300
Vancouver 360-571-3133

Stress

When should I seek help?

When stress begins to interfere with daily activities and overwhelms your life, try reaching out to others. Your family, friends, clergy, and health care team can all be of help.

If someone is threatening or hurting you, tell your doctor. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (toll free) if you need immediate help.

Want to assess your stress level?

Could a health coach help me?

Sometimes, we all need a little help as we’re working towards a goal. A health coach can be a valuable resource in your journey. A health coach can help you determine your patterns and behaviors, set goals, and find new coping strategies.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s health coaching sessions.