Managing Stress

Stress is unavoidable, but there are fortunately many ways to manage it. Use the resources on this page to discover new ways to manage stress. And if you already know your favorite ways to de-stress, connect with others and share it.

The Whole U

Meet up for mindfulness, join a knitting group, take a lunchtime run, do some yoga, or learn how to make meals in a mason jar. There are many ways to stress less. Discover more ways and connect with your colleagues while you’re at it: The Whole U offers free events, workouts, social groups, and hundreds of online articles to help you stress less and be well. It’s all created by and for UW faculty and staff.


Looking for ideas and guidance to help you de-stress? Join SmartHealth, the state’s voluntary and confidential wellness program (available to all PEBB medical plan subscribers). On the website, you’ll be able to develop a plan for managing stress. You choose what activities work for you then earn points for each activity you complete. Track your progress and, if you want, share your progress with other SmartHealth members. Sign up for SmartHealth.

Right as Rain

Right as Rain is a digital publication dedicated to helping you feel healthy and well. It is published by UW Medicine, an international leader in research, patient care and physician training, located in Seattle.

The UW Resilience Lab

The UWRL endeavors to bring the UW community into connection with one another through programming that normalizes the wide-ranging experiences of hardship, failures, and setbacks our community members face through the cultivation of kindness, compassion, and gratitude toward each other and ourselves.

Health education services and support groups

Health education services and support groups at UW Medicine are available to patients, families and community members. Stress relief groups at Harborview Medical Center include: Knitting for Wellness, Laughter Club, Tai Chi, and Yoga. Classes are free.

Stress management advice from your health care plan

Visit the website of your health care provider to get more advice and resources about managing stress. Much of the information is available for everyone to use. However, to access some of these resources you must be a medical plan subscriber.

Uniform Medical Plan

The Uniform Medical Plan is administered by Regence BlueShield. On the Regence website, you’ll find tips and advice for managing stress. These resources are available to everyone.

If you are a Regence subscribe, you have access to their health support services, which include health coaching to manage stress and other wellness tools. You’ll need to enter or create your member username and password to access Regence BlueShield health programs.

Kaiser Permanente

Visit the Kaiser Permanente Stress Management page to get health tools, learn about the causes of stress, and find ways to relieve stress.

Stress Management Resources for UW Students

The UW offers students a wide range of health and wellness services, from exceptional medical care and counseling services to recreation classes, safety resources, peer advocates, trainings and more. Make the most out of your Husky Experience here.