01/06/2013 10:37 am ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

GPS Guide: Amy Ziettlow Shares Her Personal Tools For Getting Back To Center

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Below, find Amy Ziettlow's personal tips, photos and inspirations for unplugging and recharging.

1. Re-frame. Watch a funny movie. Guaranteed to make laugh are: Donald O’Connor in “Make ‘Em Laugh” in Singing in the Rain, Jim Carey in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short in "Three Amigos," and any episode of "Community."

2. Write. Writing in my journal allows me to discern what I WANT to say versus what I NEED to say.

3. Bake. I love baking anything from Southern Living -- cakes, shrimp, okra (not all together!) -- and any of my grandmother’s recipes

4. Talk. I talk to my husband -- somehow I hear my voice more clearly when he is listening to it.

5. Worship. Worship puts my life in perspective while empowering me to dream big and to serve the needs of others.

Amy Ziettlo GPS Guide

Rev. Amy Ziettlow is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values in New York City and co-investigator of a three-year study funded by the Lilly Endowment titled Homeward Bound: How We Live When Our Parents Die. For over a decade, Amy Ziettlow has been actively involved in hospice care, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for The Hospice of Baton Rouge, as well as serving as a chaplain visiting dying patients and their families and coordinating and training hospice volunteers. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Ziettlow has served in congregational ministry in southern Illinois, Baton Rouge, and the New Orleans area.

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