Practice Listening English Exercises for B1 – Stress and health

Listening task 1: Relax!

A Listen. Mia is feeling stressed out. What activities does her friend suggest? Number the activities from 1 to 5. (There is one extra activity.)


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(top row) 3, 2

(middle row) 5, X

(bottom row) 1, 4

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BListen again. Will Mia follow her friend’s suggestions? Check (✓) yes or no.








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1 no   2 no   3 yes   4 yes   5 yes



Friend :   Are you OK, Mia? You look really tired.

Mia :   I am. I can’t seem to sleep at night. I’ve been pretty stressed out lately.

Friend :   What’s up?

Mia :   I’ve got so many things to do. I’m just really busy at work these days.

Friend :   Why don’t you take a vacation, you know, just a few days off from work? Go someplace warm – to the beach!

Mia :   Gosh, boss wouldn’t like that at all! We have this huge project to work on. They really need me now.


Friend :   Well, you need to find a way to relax. Are you getting any exercise?

Mia :   No, not really.

Friend :   Maybe you should join a gym. You know, take an aerobics class or something. I always have more energy after I go to the gym.

Mia :   I just don’t have the time. I think I’d be even more stressed out!


Friend :   There must be something you can do. Hey, didn’t you tell me there’s a lunchtime yoga class at your office?

Mia :   Yes, it just started a few months ago.

Friend :   Yoga is a great way to deal with stress, and it would probably help you sleep at night.

Mia :   Yeah, and the class is just half an hour, so I’d still have time to eat lunch. Hmm. That’s a really good idea.


Friend :   Oh, I just remembered this article I read in a health magazine. It was all about relaxation techniques.

Mia :   Really? Like what?

Friend :   Well, like yoga, and exercise, and – oh, yeah – aromatherapy!

Mia :   Aromatherapy? You mean like smelling things?

Friend :   Yeah. The article said some smells can be very relaxing.

Mia :   Hmm. Sounds interesting. I think that’s something I’d like to try.


Friend :   How about going out with me this Friday? It’ll do you good. We could go out to eat, then maybe see a movie. You need to have a little fun.

Mia :   You know, that does sound good. I could use a little fun.

Friend :   Now you’re talking! Why don’t I pick you up at six o’clock on Friday?

Mia :   Sounds like a plan. But now I’ve really got to get back to work.

Friend :   Mia, you’re hopeless!

Listening task 2: What’s it good for?

A Listen. People are talking about health and relaxation. Where are they? Circle the correct answers.

1 a. a tea shop

b. a sports gym

2 a. a doctor’s office

b. an aromatherapist’s office

3 a. a yoga class

b. a massage therapist’s office

4 a. a sports gym

b. a health food store

5 a. a doctor’s office

b. a yoga class

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1 a   2 b   3 b   4 a   5 b

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BListen again. Check (✓) the two health benefits for each technique.

sleep better

feel younger

look younger

have more energy

feel calmer






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1 sleep better, look younger

2 feel younger, have more energy

3 sleep better, feel calmer

4 look younger, have more energy

5 feel younger, feel calmer



Man :   This place is great. They have so many different choices. What kind are you going to have?

Woman :   Hmm, I’m not sure. Here’s a green one with mint and ginger. That sounds good.

Man :   Yeah, the menu says if you drink it every day, you’ll sleep better, and it will make you look younger, too!

Woman :   Well then, that’s definitely the one for me!


Salesclerk :   Can I help you?

Man :   I hope so. I’ve been feeling kind of tired lately. I need some more energy.

Salesclerk :   Here. Try this.

Man :   Mmm ___ that’s nice. Is it, um, lemon?

Salesclerk :   Yes, and there are also some flower scents. It’ll help you feel younger and have more energy, too.

Man :   Wonderful! I think I feel younger already! How do I use it?

Salesclerk :   You just put a few drops on a handkerchief, like this, and smell it a few times every hour. Or you can add some hot water__


Massage therapist :   Is this your first time here?

Woman :   Yes, actually. friend recommended you. You really helped her with her back problem.

Massage therapist :   And what sort of problems are you having?

Woman :   Well, I’m very stressed out. I just can’t seem to relax.

Massage therapist :   Mm-hmm. And where in your body are you feeling the stress?

Woman :   shoulders and neck. Sometimes I’m so stressed out I can’t sleep at night, and that just makes it worse.

Massage therapist :   I see. Well, I think this will help you sleep better and feel calmer. Let’s start with your neck.


Sandy :   Hi, I’m Sandy. I’ll be showing you around today.

Dan :   Thanks, I’m Dan.

Sandy :   So, Dan, why did you decide to become a member?

Dan :   Well, uh, as you can see, I’m a bit, um, heavyset. friends tell me I look older lately__ and energy has been kind of low, so I thought losing some weight might help me feel better.

Sandy :   Well, you’ve come to the right place! Exercising regularly can help you look younger. And when you get in shape, you’ll have more energy, too. Do you do any exercise now?

Dan :   Not much. I do walk to work but, uh, office is just down the street from apartment.


Woman 1 :   Hi, are you new here?

Woman 2 :   Yeah, I am.

Woman 1 :   Oh, you’ll love it here. Claire is a great teacher.

Woman 2 :   Well, I know I need this. I got an office job last year, and I’m really stressed out. muscles are so tight. I feel like I’m ten years older than I am.

Woman 1 :   Well, this should help you feel younger and feel calmer. Come on, I’ll show you where to get your mat.

Listening task 3

Listen. Circle the correct answers.

1 The people are

    a. a doctor and a patient.

    b. brother and sister.

    c. two friends.

2 The people are

    a. at a relative’s house.

    b. outside a store.

    c. at the park.

3 Andy exercises because he wants to

    a. have more energy.

    b. feel younger.

    c. look younger.

4 Sarah is

    a. an aromatherapist.

    b. a student.

    c. a massage therapist.

5 Andy will probably

    a. never have a massage.

    b. stop jogging.

    c. try getting a massage.

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1 c   2 c   3 a   4 b   5 c


Sarah :   Hi, Andy!

Andy :   Oh, hi, Sarah! How’s it going?

Sarah :   Good, thanks. Have you been jogging?

Andy :   Yeah. I come here every morning. I love starting the day with some exercise. It really gives me more energy, and I just feel calmer all day long.

Sarah :   Wow. That’s great.

Andy :   So, what’s new with you these days, Sarah?

Sarah :   Well, I’m in school. I’m studying to be a massage therapist.

Andy :   Really? I’ve never had a massage. doctor told me it might help me sleep better, though.

Sarah :   Oh, it definitely will. Hey, you should come to the school. The students give free massages on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Andy :   Free? Wow! What days did you say? ___

Listening task 4

A Listen. People are talking about ways to relieve stress and other health problems. What activities do they suggest? Circle the correct answers.

1 a. meditation

    b. massage

    c. yoga

2 a. aromatherapy

    b. a hot bath

    c. herbal tea

3 a. massage

    b. yoga

    c. exercise

4 a. exercise

    b. sleep

    c. vacation

5 a. massage

    b. aromatherapy

    c. meditation

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1 a   2 c  3 b   4 a   5 b

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BListen again. Will the people follow the suggestions? Check (✓) yes or no.








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1 no   2 no   3 yes   4 yes   5 yes



Man :   Hi, Olivia. How are you doing?

Olivia :   Oh, not too well. I’m so stressed out from work.

Man :   You really need to relax. Why don’t you try meditation? Just an hour a day can really help.

Olivia :   I can’t do that! I don’t have time!


Woman :   Are you OK, Andy?

Andy :   Actually, I have a headache.

Woman :   Oh, let me make you a hot cup of tea.

Andy :   For a headache?

Woman :   Yes. It’s a special type of herbal tea.

Andy :   Thanks, but I really don’t want any. I’ll just take an aspirin.


Man :   Oh, hand hurts from working on the computer all day.

Woman :   You know, when your hand hurts, it often means you have a stiff shoulder. Here, try this stretch.

Man :   Hey, that does help! Where did you learn that?

Woman :   In yoga class. You know, I have class tomorrow morning. You should come with me.

Man :   OK. Can you pick me up on your way to class?

Woman :   Definitely!


Woman :   I don’t know why I feel so tired all the time.

Man :   You probably don’t get enough exercise.

Woman :   I don’t get any exercise.

Man :   Well, that’s your problem. Why don’t you join a gym?

Woman :   I don’t have the energy to go to the gym after working all day.

Man :   But, if you exercised regularly, you’d have more energy.

Woman :   That’s true. All right. I’ll stop by that new gym on way home tonight.


Man :   Hi, Amanda. Are you feeling better today?

Amanda :   Not really. I couldn’t sleep again last night.

Man :   Amanda, you really need some rest. Have you tried aromatherapy?

Amanda :   Aroma what?

Man :   Before you to go bed, you smell a special type of oil. It’s made from herbs that help you relax and sleep better.

Amanda :   That’s all it takes? Hmm. Where can I get some of that?

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