In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and Mobility Month, the special events committee has created a list of tips that can be used to aid and support well-being.
10 Mental Health Tips
#1 Have a self-care arsenal - Gather a collection of those objects and actions that bring you good vibes. Use them when things get stressful.
#2 Work your strengths - Do something you're good at to build self-confidence. Then, tackle a tougher task.
#3 Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.
#4 Think of something in your life you want to improve, and figure out what you can do to take a step in the right direction.
"You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
#5 Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
#6 Go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face.
#7 Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone - cortisol, and boosts oxytocin - which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.
#8 Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life. Or, be your own someone! Look yourself in the mirror, and tell You why YOU appreciate YOU! Make it a habit.
#9 Dance! Dance! Dance! Dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body's "feel-good" chemicals).
#10 Feeling stressed? Smile. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.
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