Therapies to reduce stress and anxiety

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2003 Sep;15(3):321-7. doi: 10.1016/s0899-5885(02)00103-x.


Creativity in meeting patients' needs is required daily by the staff in acute and critical care environments. For critical care patients, many alternative and complementary therapies including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, humor, imagery, massage, music, and relaxation can be used successfully as adjunct therapies to help decrease stress.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / prevention & control*
  • Aromatherapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Imagery, Psychotherapy
  • Massage
  • Nursing Care
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic