LIFE IS FAR FROM PERFECT, BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS FOR OPTIMISM. SETTING POSITIVE GOALS FOR THE FUTURE GIVES OUR LIVES A SENSE OF DIRECTION AND PURPOSE. AND ALTHOUGH WE FACE MANY CHALLENGES THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF REASONS TO STAY HOPEFUL. BY CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSING OUR PRIORITIES WE CAN OVERCOME ISSUES, MAKE PROGRESS, AND FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS.
Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. No-one's perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. This month we're encouraging everyone to be kinder to themselves (as well as others), especially when things go wrong. Self-care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life. It also helps us accept others as they are too.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present”
― Master Oogway
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Daily life has been turned upside down and it's easy to feel lost. Although we can't control what's going on around us, we can choose to live purposefully. Find meaning in the month of May with some ideas from the calendar below. Be well, be safe, be blessed.
Plans are pushed back, events are canceled, you are stuck at home, and the store hasn't restocked its toilet paper. You may be feeling frustrated and worried but it's important to find the positives in every situation. Writing three things you're grateful for each day can train your brain to focus on and feel the positives. Whether it's a text you got from a friend, a good meal, or a sunny day, jot it down and move forward. It has been said that the quality of our gratitude determines the quality of our lives. The more we express thankfulness, the happier and healthier we are! "SOCIAL DISTANCING" does NOT mean "EMOTIONAL DISTANCING", Look for ways to stay emotionally connected and starting noticing and take note of the good things happening around you today! It will make your heart and mind happy!
Accessibility. Develop ways in which you are accessible to other NUAMES students, friends and family.
Face Time and Connectivity. Humans need to feel and be connected. Utilize video tools such as Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Facebook and WhatsApp to connect visually.
Resources. Know your resources; from meeting your basic needs to when you are in an emergency.
Support. The National Alliance on Mental Health Illness website provides a comprehensive guide to national and local mental health resources. Know that there is help when needed.
Check out the Action for Happiness Apps for iPhone and Android
"Kindness not only makes us feel good, but also has a positive impact on our health — both physical and mental. Being kind fills us with life. Why? Our brain secretes substances that support a healthy mind and body.
Being kind helps us keep in good health and strengthens our immune systems! Putting this attitude of Kindness into practice releases endorphins, our body’s natural pain-reliever.
In fact, stress-related health problems improve after doing “kind acts”. It helps reverse feelings of depression, provides social contact, calms aggression and decreases the likelihood of loneliness, which can cause stress."
do something kind for yourself or others today!