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Ever feel like you need to hit the reset button on your mental health —fast? Chillers are quick tips to help you recharge on the fly. Most take 15 minutes or…
Feeling overwhelmed? Try making yourself some tea and finding a cozy place to gather your thoughts. Check out our Tranquil Tea recipe! Here's what you'll need: ½ cup chamomile ¼ cup lemongrass ¼ cup rose petals Water Glass jar (or any container with a lid) Tea infuser or tea bag Teapot or another method for boiling water Your favorite mug
Not every day is a good day, but it’s important to remember there will be good days ahead. When you’re at the point where you think you may be having a very bad day, pause and notice the feelings inside your body. Are you heavy? Are you tight? Do you feel like you just want to give up? If you notice these signs, it’s time for a break and a Mental Remix. Click here to learn more!
Maybe it’s time to take a break from being on your phone, watching tv or playing video games. Taking a break from screens to connect with friends in person can be very beneficial to your mental health. It can help you be more present in the moment with your peers and create deeper connections. Take some time to step back and enjoy an activity without a screen!
A little time and a good book can help you clear your mind and recharge. Reading as a hobby can also expand your vocabulary and strengthen your cognitive skills. Reading can help you practice empathy towards the characters in the book as well. Reading reduces stress and is a good way to relax. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, reading provides a nice escape from reality.
Are you doing any creative projects that help you destress? When we do activities that allow us to express ourselves freely, it can feel healing towards our mental health. Creating art can lower stress levels and help with your mental calmness. Check out our coloring pages and other activities to get started!
Not only is cooking for yourself and others a fun and often stress relieving activity, it's good for your health and can be tasty too. Next time you whip something up, try incorporating healthy options. Eating healthy helps keep skin, eyes, and teeth strong. It also helps immunity and muscles, lowers risk of heart disease, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. On top of this, eating healthy provides your body with loads of energy and helps improve your mood.
Life can be stressful and overwhelming. Everyday stressors take a toll on our mental health, so we have to find time for ourselves and not let it build up. If you're starting to feel overwhelmed, take a pause, smile, then take a deep breath and move on at your own pace. And most importantly, don't forget to reflect. How can you process life stressors differently? What, if anything, can you do to prevent them? Remember that there is only so much you can control.
Sometimes we put pressure on ourselves to do it all. In reality, we're just setting ourselves up to fail. It's important to stay grounded and remind yourself that you're doing your best. So next time you're getting down on yourself for trying to do too much, stop and remind yourself you're doing the best you can and that is good enough!
We all know that trying new things can feel scary or intimidating, but that doesn't have to be the case. Participating in new activities, sports or hobbies gives us the opportunity to develop new skills and learn new things about ourselves. You get the chance to understand what you like and sometimes don't like to do. Stepping outside of our comfort zone here and there is what we're meant to do!
It's almost a new year, and that means new beginnings, new goals, and a fresh start! The new year is a great time to refresh and reset your routine. So ask yourself if you have any new goals you want to work on this new year, then try to brainstorm on how you'll accomplish them. 2022 is going to be great!
Winter can be cold and a bit chilly outside. But that doesn't mean we need to be huddled up inside all season. So why not embrace the weather and take a stroll: Taking walks outside during winter has many benefits. Some of these benefits are better sleep, reducing stress, and more. So if you're feeling bored indoors, take a stroll around the block outside this winter! Maybe even bring a friend to make it more fun.
Come on, get dancing! Not only is dancing fun, but it can be a great way to relieve any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing. Dancing can be used as a tool for therapeutic expression and help to improve your mood. Dancing may also help with endurance and agility. So why not just take a break to have a quick dance sesh? Write down below your favorite dance move.
Tis the season of family gatherings, spreading cheer, and most importantly, being grateful for all of the things we have and can offer to others. The holidays are more than receiving gifts; it's about showing our gratitude. When you initially think of gratitude, your mind might think of remembering to say "Thank you", but it's more than that! By practicing gratitude, we can shift our minds from focusing on the negative to the positive in our lives.
Did you know that supporting local businesses is vital for your community? Local businesses are owned and operated by your very own neighbors. Not to mention that they often have a smaller carbon footprint than most giant corporations. When you buy local, you're helping your community, friends, and neighbors. So next time you're looking to buy a present for a friend, or even something for yourself, think of your local businesses, and maybe they can assist you!
Tomorrow is the first day of winter! Winter can be such a joyous and exciting season to experience. There are winter sports, pretty snowfall, feeling cozy with warm drinks, exciting holidays, spending time with family, and a season of new beginnings. So, don't forget to go outside and make fantastic memories this season. But don't forget to stay safe and follow COVID-19 protocols. What's your favorite winter activity to do?
There's no time like the present to spend time with the people we love and care for. Although, one important thing to remember is to do it safely. COVID-19 is still around, and it's important to continue taking safety precautions when interacting with family and friends. This can easily be done by washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask indoors. So if you're feeling a little lonely and want to spend some quality time with a friend, go ahead but just take precautions!
Schoolwork can be very stressful, especially as the semester winds down. We all know that, and it can start to feel overwhelming and a bit of strain on our mental health. But before you get too much into your head, try to take a step back and slow down a bit. Take a few breaths and remember that there's no need to get too much in your head about this. Once you feel more recentered, get back to it. And remember that your academic performance is not a measure of your self worth!
Fresh air can feel good, no matter the weather. Taking some time to go outside can help you clear your mind. Make time in your routine to bundle up and enjoy the outdoors, even during the winter. You could go for a walk or run, ice skate or ski, or even find a nice place to sit and take in the beauty of nature. And don't forget to enjoy the snow before it's gone!
When you hear the term "confrontation," do you view it as a negative action or a positive? A lot of our minds go straight to negative, but the thing is that it doesn't have to be. Confrontation can be a meeting between two people where you discuss openly and assertively without being hostile. If there are things on your mind that you feel the need to communicate, be assertive, but still be open enough to hear the other side. It's always essential to have the dialogue be open and not one-sided.
This can't be said enough, but mindful eating can be such a game-changer! Mindful eating requires the same thoughtful attention to your thoughts and feelings in a moment. Mindful eating has been shown to relieve not only stress but anxiety too. It also allows you to tune in to all the sensations while eating to be a more meaningful experience overall. So next time you're having a snack, stop and pause to really tune into your food. You may find your food tastes better that way!
This is just a friendly reminder that it's okay to take as many breaks as you need. Whatever it may be for your school, work, goals, etc., just take care of yourself at the end of the day! At the end of the day, what's most important is to take care of yourself and your mental health. Which can involve taking a step back, allowing yourself to recover, and reflecting on what you can do to recover from common everyday stress.
Did you know when we do activities that allow us to express ourselves freely, it can feel healing towards our mental health? It's true, and an excellent example of this is creating art. Participating in art activities has shown a positive connection to the two. It can lower stress levels and help with your mental calmness. Art activities can really help take your mind off of everyday life stressors. So don't stress, and pick up a paintbrush! Which sounds like an excellent relaxing distraction.