The Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine

Stress Reduction

Stress is unavoidable in life, but learning to identify it and manage it successfully is the key to improving your mental and physical health. There are so many wonderful techniques, tools and tips available to help with mindfully taking control of our breath, our body, our pain and our stress responses. Here are just a few of CALM’s recommendations to help reduce stress and build resilience.


Stress can contribute to or exacerbate many health problems:


  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Dizziness
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gum disease
  • Heart problems (angina, arrhythmias, heart attack, palpitations)
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Infectious diseases
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Nervousness
  • Pain (of any sort)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Side Effects of Cancer & other conditions
  • Slow wound healing
  • Ulcers


The Relaxation Response
Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard Medical School
People have been using a variety of relaxation response techniques for years – mindfulness, yoga, meditation. Dr. Benson has uncovered a scientific framework that supports some of the beneficial effects. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress... and the opposite of the fight or flight response.




When the Body Says ‘No’ – the Cost of Hidden Stress
Dr. Gabor Matè


Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a "cancer personality"? Drawing on scientific research and the author's decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one's individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.

  • Explores the role of the mind-body link in conditions and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, and multiple sclerosis
  • Draws on medical research and the author's clinical experience as a family physician
  • Includes The Seven A's of Healing-principles of healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress

This book on Psychoneuroimmunology (the connection between emotional stressors and physical illness) shares dozens of enlightening case studies and stories, including those of people such as Lou Gehrig (ALS), Betty Ford (breast cancer), Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer's), Gilda Radner (ovarian cancer), and Lance Armstrong (testicular cancer)



Mindfulness for Beginners – reclaiming the present moment – and your life
Jon Kabat-Zinn


In this book, you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work and play – and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.


“Stop, Breathe, Think” app
A friendly, simple, and fun tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion. (This app won the Webby Award of 2015)




Coming soon



The TEND Academy
The TEND Academy specializes in sectors where the risk for stress, burnout and exposure to direct and secondary trauma is high. Their approaches are built upon the work of the co-executive directors, Dr. Patricia Fisher, a clinical psychologist, and Françoise Mathieu, a certified mental health counsellor and compassion fatigue specialist.



Disclaimer: No guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made regarding the information and materials listed. CALM has made every effort to list only reliable, evidence-based, scientific information, papers, etc. Please carefully review all information to determine its suitability for your specific needs.

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