Mental health impacts our behaviors and emotions. When we care for our mental health, we improve the way we think, feel, and act. Here you’ll find a variety of mental health resources chosen from our contributors to help you care for your own mental health.
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I don’t know who needs to hear this at this moment, but, yes, you are doing this right. There is no formulaic approach on how to approach our actions, feelings, duties, responsibilities or interactions during this unsettling period in human history. The rule book for dealing with the constant fluctuation of thoughts, emotions and personal circumstances that have continually tested us as individuals and as a community over the last several weeks.
Coloring is not just for kids anymore! If you are looking for a way to be mindful, I recommend trying adult coloring. The pages are detailed and require a lot of focus to complete. That focus helps your mind slow down and stay on task. And, it's been found to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
Did you know? Shepherds in medieval Britain were expected to count their sheep every evening, before they went to sleep. Nowadays, I have to imagine fluffy white cartoon lambs if I want to try counting sheep to help me fall asleep. It never works for me.
A great activity for the whole family is grabbing good old fashioned chalk to decorate the driveway. There are so many possibilities with a box of chalk.
My morning and evening walks are often preoccupying. I find that as I walk mind races with negative thoughts about what is happening with Covid-19. Listening to podcasts helps to distract though worrisome thoughts. One of my favorite discoveries is the Happiness Lab.
It truly is remarkable just how much your daily routine can change over the course of a few weeks. I've been privileged enough to be able to work from home and distance myself from others, but countless others don't have that privilege. For many, this is a terrifying time, one that they feel alone and lost in.
If you are like me and need ideas to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy with safe, primarily unattended activities while you work from home - this is for you!
Life away from my co-workers, groups, and the youth I work with has been a challenge, indeed. I miss them and I worry for them. I have grabbed onto the uniqueness of the situation, embraced the opportunity to spend quality time with my 20-year-old daughter, keeping my house tidy, and enjoying my long walks with my dog.
Keep reading the news, and it's going to happen: a piece of information about the Covid-19 Pandemic will make you anxious or panicky. Maybe it is time to stop reading for today, and go connect with a loved one or pet a cat. Or --try this quick little exercise; it is called the 5-4-3-2-1 Technique.
Never in my life would I have ever imagined not being able to be around, hug and enjoy friends and family. Not even just that, but people in general!
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