Multitask for Your Mental Health

Small Step: Check Out a Mental Health Matters Podcast While you should definitely focus on one thing only when it comes to new, difficult, or dangerous tasks, you likely do many rote activities every day which don’t demand your full attention. A great way to shake up...

Give Yourself Permission To Be

Like all habits, it takes time to let go and identify new steps toward living well. Over four weeks, these Small Steps from Deacon Tammy Devine guide you through the following practices — Noticing, Intention, Presence, Peace — to help you “NIPP” the holiday stress and...

Yield, Stop, Go Forward

This month’s Small Step is a discernment tool brought to you by Deacon Tammy Devine: “It has been a year of yielding, stopping, and proceeding with caution. Waiting at a traffic light, I pondered its symbolism.” Consider the following short reflection from Tammy....

Listen to Your Body

According to SWORD Health, our new virtual pain therapy provider for ELCA-Primary health plan members, pain often isn’t just physical. It can be a combination of our emotional and physical reaction to the way the specific movements or the loss of function impact you....

Take a Step Toward Better Sleep

We might feel it especially when Daylight Savings throws our schedule off for a while. So what can we do to stretch those hours spent sleeping? A first step can be to identify patterns in your sleep quality, quantity, and the things you do during the day that could...

Caring for an Aging Family Member

To help prepare your family for eldercare, take this small step. Small Step: Ready Yourself for the Conversation First, familiarize yourself with the landscape of topics to consider regarding a loved one’s wishes for the future by reading this short “Caring for an...

Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is intentional eating, done slowly and with a sense of gratitude. It helps us discern the difference between physical hunger and emotional need. It gives us time to realize when we’re full. We’re much more likely to eat for the right reasons and choose...