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Relaxation Stress Reduction

What are the health benefits of stress reduction?

While a small degree of stress can be beneficial, too much psychological or physical stress can cause serious harm to the body. Reducing stress can help you improve sleep, manage and even reduce weight, lower blood pressure, and can have other beneficial effects. Use the resources listed below or contact one of the Health Learning Centers to learn more about stress and how to manage it.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Stress
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

Mind Tools
This site provides information on understanding stress, finding your best level of stress, and stress management techniques.

National Mental Health Association: Stress: Coping with Everyday Problems
This fact sheet includes information on suffering from stress, tips for stress management and where to find help. Information for military families and military personnel is also included.

Tips for relieving stress that arises from many different situations.



The following resource is all available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library :

  • Gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2009.


  • Let your body win: stress management plain & simple. Ferguson J. 2010.
  • Spent: end exhaustion and feel great again. Lipman F. 2009.
  • Be happy without being perfect: how to break free from the perfection deception. Domar A. 2008.
  • Full catastrophe living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. Kabat-Zinn J. 2005.
  • Stress management: A comprehensive guide to wellness. Charlesworth EA. 2004.
  • End of stress as we know it. McEwen B. 2002.
  • Relaxation response. Benson H. 2000.

Mindfulness / Meditation

  • Cell-level healing: The bridge from soul to cell. Hawkes JW. 2006.
  • Five good minutes in the evening: 100 mindful practices to help you unwind from the day and make the most of your night. Brantley J. 2006.
  • Five good minutes: 100 morning practices to help you stay calm and focused all day long. Brantley J. 2006.
  • The new world of self-healing: awakening the chakras & rejuvenating your energy field. Hansen B. 2006.
  • Coming to our senses: healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn J. 2005.
  • Wherever you are, there you are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life. Kabat-Zinn J. 2005.
  • Peace in the storm: meditations on chronic pain and illness. Pratt M. 2005.
  • Self-nurture: learning to care for yourself as effectively as you care for everyone else. Doma, A. 2000.
  • Spirit in Action: moving meditations for peace, insight, and personal power. Lamberti I. 2000.


  • Yoga for all of us: a modified series of traditional poses for any age and ability. Cappy P. 2006.
  • Yoga for a healthy body: a step-by-step guide: Combine exercise and meditation: 20-minute workouts. Maguire I. 2005.
  • Yoga for wellness. Kraftsow G. 1999.

For Women

  • Mariel Hemingway’s healthy living from the inside out: every woman’s guide to real beauty, renewed energy, and a radiant life. Hemingway M. 2007.
  • Women in overdrive: find balance and overcome burnout at any age. Isaacs N. 2006.
  • The woman’s book of yoga and health: a lifelong guide to wellness. Sparrowe L. 2002.


  • The anti-anxiety workbook: proven strategies to overcome worry. Antony MM. 2009.
  • The relaxation & stress reduction workbook. Davis M. 2008.
  • Practical stress management: a comprehensive workbook for managing change and promoting health. Romas J. 2004.

Journal Articles

  • “Yoga could be good for heart disease.” Harvard Heart Letter. 21(3):5. November 2010.
  • “Pain, anxiety, and depression. Why these conditions often occur together and how to treat them when they do.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 26(11):1–3. May 2010.
  • “Meditation: calming a restless mind.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 27(10): 1-3. October 2009.
  • “Emotional eating: look beyond food for comfort.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(8):7. August 2009.
  • “Some brain effects of stress may be reversible.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 25(12):7. June 2009.
  • “Health benefits of tai chi.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 16(9):2–4. May 2009.
  • “Mindfulness in a hectic world.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 16(8):2–4. April 2009.
  • “Learning to say no: reducing stress by taking on less.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 12(7):7. July 2008.
  • “Do you worry too much?” Harvard Health Letter. January 2007.
  • “Health tips: Practicing relaxation.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 25(3):3. March 2007.
  • “Biofeedback: Mind over body.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 10(4):9. April 2006.


The Health Learning Centers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have a large number of DVDs designed to help viewers relax. Ask about our collection at either Service Desk.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Centerat 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011