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Mental Health America
Mental Health America
Mental Health America

Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the leading community-based non-profit focused on promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness.

Keep cool, be mindful. Try this mindfulness technique: Eat an orange slowly segment by segment. Focusing on the taste, touch, sight, and smell of the orange will help reduce stress.

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Add some green to your office or home (if you don't have much of a green thumb, try a cactus). Seeing plants can reduce stress and anxiety.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park your car farther away from the store. Even small additions of exercise throughout the day can decrease tension and improve sleep.

Swap regular coffee for decaf or freshly brewed tea. While a little caffeine can improve brain function, reducing your overall caffeine intake supports sleep.

Call someone close to you and tell them how much you appreciate them. Thanking them for their support can boost your mood - and theirs!

Watch a comedy or visit a funny website. Laughter boosts the immune system and can reduce anxiety.

Write down and share a few things that you are grateful for. People who keep track of their gratitude are more upbeat and have fewer physical aches and pains than others.

Get comfortable and read a good book. Reading can help relieve stress and tension.

Feeling in a rut? Do something silly and laugh at something you did. Remember, everyone deserves a break and we're often hardest on ourselves.

Consider donating time or money to a worthy cause. By helping others you can foster a sense of belonging and remind yourself that you are relatively lucky.

Hold the door for a stranger or sign up to volunteer for your favorite charity. Studies show that random acts of kindness increase release of oxytocin - the "feel good" hormone.

Get connected - share a meal with someone or pick up the phone. Studies show that good relationships make the difference between very happy and less happy people.

Stop and smell the roses...literally. Or pick up some flowers for Mom. Studies show that being surrounded by nature is a mood booster.

Travel to a new place or try something you've always been a little scared of - do something outside of your comfort zone to give yourself a sense of satisfaction that you can handle life's challenges.

What's for dinner? Foods rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid - such as grilled chicken with a side of broccoli - can help prevent mood disorders.

Craving sugar? Try swapping sweets for complex carbohydrates, like fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This may help boost activity or serotonin, an important chemical in the brain.

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Share an apple or some nuts with your teacher or mentor. They are good sources of vitamin E, which helps maintain the thinking functions of the brain.

Feeling groggy? Take a nap! Napping can improve your ability to work and perform daily tasks.

Feed your brain. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia.

Try something new and creative. Art projects can be relaxing and promote well-being!

Switch up your exercise regimen. Try a dance class or a new sport. Exercising with other people can enhance its stress-reducing benefits!