Support Tools: Relieving Stress

The diagnosis of a brain tumour can often push patients and families into “emergency mode,” as you run to appointments and treatments while trying to maintain everyday needs like shopping, cleaning, and providing personal care, all while trying to maintain a job and a personal life. And, after the immediate diagnosis crisis has passed, stress from the new normal of a brain tumour, does not disappear. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems, as chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in the body.

Below are some simple tips and tricks to help relieve stress.

  • Meditate
  • Read a book or magazine
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Make or bake a favourite food
  • Go for a walk
  • Join a support group
  • Gardening
  • Watch a movie
  • Dance
  • Play a board game
  • Take a warm bath
  • Breathe deeply
  • Make a to-do list
  • Talk to someone
  • Exercise
  • Write a letter or card to a friend
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Draw or paint a picture
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Go window shopping
  • Play an instrument
  • Get a massage
  • Have a good laugh
  • Eat ice cream
  • Begin a new hobby
  • Hug someone you love
  • Write a journal
  • Wear clothes you love
  • Play with a pet
  • Take a short nap
  • Go to the library
  • Attend a concert
  • Go swimming
  • Light a candle
  • Take a walk in the rain
  • Give of yourself to someone
  • Organize a closet
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Catch up with a family member
  • Hold a baby
  • Allow yourself to cry
  • Live in the moment


For more information about support on the journey with a brain tumour, please contact us:

Cheryl Bauer
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 400

Todd Goold
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 237

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