A nurse is teaching a patient about his health problems and the effects of stress. Which of the following statements by the patient indicates the need for more teaching?


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- I will just need to finish these last tasks and then I will work on my stress.

- I know that stress can make my condition worse if I do not manage it.

- I will take a mental health day every once in a while to manage my stress.

- I need to say 'no' sometimes to unrealistic demands.


Stress can wreak havoc on a person's physical and emotional state. Increased stress causes the body to secrete more stress hormones and a person experiencing stress may be unable to cope with demands. A nurse should teach her patient about the best methods of dealing with stress, such as by saying 'no' at times and taking a mental health day.

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