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Stress Control

Use these resources to beat and control stress.

Organizations & Programs

RelaxingDoD Stress Awareness
This website provides general information and answers to common questions surrounding different types of stress.

Relaxation Strategies
A list of resources from the Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center on how to use relaxation, including videos and music, to reduce stress and improve mental health.

Stress management tips
Stress management tips for good health from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Institute of HeartMath’s Solutions for Stress
Information and practical solutions for emotional stress, stress-related conditions, and stressful situations

iRest – Integrative Restoration Institute
Uses iRest Yoga Nidra to teach practices of deep relaxation and meditation to reduce a variety of stressors.

Relaxation and Meditation Techniques
Information on stress-management techniques, including yoga, meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, and deep breathing.

Service-specific programs on managing stress

Army Career and Alumni Program

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Naval Center Combat and Operational Stress Control

Documents

Soldier_mindtacticsFit to Win—Stress Management [PDF]
This Army Health Promotion Program pamphlet provides general guidance regarding implementation, administration, and evaluation of the stress-management initiatives at the installation level.

Critical Incident Stress Management [PDF]
A guide from the Unites States Army Corps of Engineers to help employees minimize the adverse impacts of stress from critical incidents and recover more quickly

Stress Management: A Guide for Senior Leaders [PDF]
U.S. Army Physical Fitness Research Institute’s stress management guide for senior leaders.

Traumatic Event Management
Information from the U.S. Army Medical Department on a flexible set of programs and support activities focused on stress management in response to potentially traumatizing events for units and individual Soldiers.

Combat Stress [PDF]
Document from the U.S. Marine Corps that provides the tactics, techniques, and procedures required for small-unit leaders to effectively prevent, identify, and manage combat stress when it occurs in their units/commands.

Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback: A New Tool for Stress Reduction, Rehabilitation, and Performance Enhancement
Summary of how to use this practical technology to achieve a greater awareness of the connection between our emotions, physiology, and behavior.

Managing and Preventing Stress booklet [PDF]
Free downloadable booklet by SAMHSA that provides tips on preventing and managing stress.

Combat and Operational Stress Control (March 2009) [PDF]
This U.S. Army manual provides guidance for controlling excessive stress in combat and other operational environments in order to minimize harmful reactions and promote healthy responses such as loyalty, selflessness, and acts of bravery.

Combat and Operational Stress Control (Dec 2010) [PDF]
Document from the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy that provides the tactics, techniques, and procedures required for small-unit leaders to effectively prevent, identify, and manage combat stress when it occurs in their units/commands.

Leader’s Guide for Managing Air Force Personnel in Distress
This U.S. Air Force guide provides leaders with information and strategies on recognizing distress-related behavior, giving emotional and material support to those with different levels of distress, and indentifying agencies that can help meet the needs of individuals in distress.

Leader’s Guide for Managing Marines in Distress
This U.S. Marine Corps guide provides information and tools to help leaders know what to look for and what to do, as well as specific resources for helping Marines who are in distress. Covering 40 different problems Marines may face, this quick reference is designed to help leaders at all levels take care of Marines within the unit who are in distress.

Navy Leader’s Guide for Managing Sailors in Distress
This U.S. Navy guide is designed to help leaders recognize distress-related behaviors, provide support to sailors within the unit, and collaborate with Navy assistance agencies to meet the needs of distressed individuals.

Tools

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Navy Systematic Stress Management Program
Self-regulation for Resilience Quiz
Tactical Breathing Trainer
Stress & Well-Being Survey
Biozen
Breathe2Relax
PTSD Coach
T2 Mood Tracker
Tactical Breather
Relax Relax

Navy Systematic Stress Management Program
Offered by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, the Navy Systematic Stress Management Program is an online program to learn effective ways to control and reduce your stress.

Self-regulation for Resilience Quiz
This short self-quiz from “Psychology Today” tests how good are you at managing your emotions under stress.

Tactical Breathing Trainer
Mobile (iPhone) application from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology that teaches stress control.

Stress & Well-Being Survey
Measure and get feedback from the Institute of HeartMath on stress-management, adaptability, resilience, and emotional vitality.

Biozen
This mobile application from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology provides users with live, graphic biofeedback in order for users to observe their responses to a variety of behaviors in real time. This application is compatible with a range of biosensors, which is required to transmit biofeedback.

Breathe2Relax
Breathe2Relax is a free mobile application from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology that helps users practice deep (or diaphragmatic) breathing to foster stress management and relaxation. With the aid of the latest graphics and narration, a user can learn to regulate breathing effectively to control his or her stress response.

PTSD Coach
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology along with the VA’s National Center for PTSD developed this mobile application to help those experiencing PTSD or who want to learn about it. It allows users to access information to help manage symptoms by developing healthy coping skills, take self-assessments with individualized feedback, find emotional and emergency support, and learn about PTSD. This application is not intended to replace primary care, but it can be used in conjunction with care from a healthcare provider.

T2 Mood Tracker
This mobile application from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology allows a user to track his or her mood over several days or months using a visual analog scale that can be adjusted using one’s finger. This tool can be used in conjunction with therapy by providing additional feedback on one’s emotional experience over time.

Tactical Breather
This application from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology can be used to manage psychological and physical stress responses, including heart rate, emotions, and concentration.

This toolkit from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center features a variety of relaxation audio clips to guide users in practicing several approaches to relaxation techniques to reduce stress and optimize performance. These approaches include breathing, muscle relaxation, imagery, meditation, and other comprehensive strategies.