Finding Pleasure

When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good. Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to fight off stress.

You don’t have to do a lot to find pleasure. Even if you’re ill or down, you can find pleasure in simple things such as going for a drive, chatting with a friend or reading a good book.

Try to do at least one thing every day that you enjoy, even if you only do it for 15 minutes.

  • Start an art project (oil paint, sketch, create a scrap book or finger paint with grandchildren).
  • Take up a hobby, new or old.
  • Read a favorite book, short story, magazine or newspaper.
  • Have coffee or a meal with friends.
  • Play golf, tennis, ping-pong or bowl.
  • Sew, knit or crochet.
  • Listen to music during or after you practice relaxation.
  • Take a nature walk — listen to the birds, identify trees and flowers.
  • Make a list of everything you still want to do in life.
  • Watch an old movie on TV or rent a video.
  • Take a class at your local college.
  • Play cards or board games with family and friends.

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