Manage Your Stress

Lutheran Health Network - Manage Your Stress

Managing your stress improves…

  • mental acuity
  • overall attitude
  • restful sleep
  • natural healing
  • family life
  • job performance
  • blood pressure
  • blood glucose levels
  • the body’s response to pain
  • well being

How to manage your stress daily…

  • Take a break, slow down, count to ten.
  • Meditate, use guided imagery.
  • Breath deeply.
  • Get a massage.
  • Get out a paint brush. The art doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Sing at the top of your lungs.
  • Take a walk.
  • Hold a sleeping baby.
  • Go to a movie.
  • Try yoga or just simply stretch.
  • Talk to a friend.
  • Do a good deed.
  • Pet your dog or cat. It’s soothing.
  • Give and receive love. It is vital.
  • Make time to play. “Plan your joy as thoughtfully and as frequently as you plan your work.”
  • Take time for yourself – relax, focus and rejuvenate – 10 minutes each day or 2 hours each week (over coffee; in the morning before other family members wake up; at lunch; while walking the dog; in the bath/shower; in the evening after others go to bed).
  • Plan mini-vacations for yourself – even without leaving home.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Every day before going to bed jot down 3 things that you are thankful for. This exercise has proven to lift spirits.
  • Un-trouble your mind. Practice a relaxation technique. Write out what you’re concerned about with an action plan to do the next day.
  • Prayer, faith, or an attitude of trust all can be of assistance.
  • Look at your life and see if any energy drainers are avoidable. Prioritize your schedule and learn to deal with difficult people.
  • Having more energy each day means learning how to take control over those things you have the power to control, and learn to stop fighting the rest.
For more information on stress management, contact:

Dupont Hospital Personal Lifestyle Management
(260) 416-3009 (260) 416-3009

St. Joseph Behavioral Health
(260) 425-3606 (260) 425-3606 or (800) 694-9034 (800) 694-9034