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!
Space. Create a structured, dedicated work environment, and include regular patterns of self- care.
App of the Week
The World Health Organization recently published an article that tells us that regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind! Physical activity helps support healthy growth and development and reduces our risk for disease and illness. Regular physical activity also improves mental health and can reduce the risk of depression, and improve overall feelings of well being.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when some of our regular activities and movements are restricted, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Even a short break from sitting, by doing 3-5 minutes of physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help ease muscle strain, relieve mental tension and improve blood circulation and muscle activity. Regular physical activity can also help to give the day a routine and be a way of staying in contact with family and friends. Here are some easy ways to be physically active today!
Remember that the Safe UT App is available 24/7. If you or someone you know needs help with things such as anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts - please use this confidential resource!
There is a basic acronym everyone can learn as a way of managing their mental health when emotions become too overwhelming. When your brain is working overtime and you are becoming anxious or frustrated, use the HALT method to mindfully be checking your basic needs.
Hungry: This could be either a physical or an emotional need. Are you eating often enough and eating the right things? Are you “hungry” for an emotional need?
Angry: Although anger is a healthy and normal emotion to experience, it’s important to understand what’s causing it so you can properly express it.
Loneliness: You can still feel lonely while surrounded by large numbers of people. Instead of making a bad decision because you’re lonely, reach out to someone.
Tired: Operating on low energy affects your ability to think and cope. Are you giving yourself enough time to rest and recharge?
APP of the WEEK: Stop, Breathe & Think
For Apple and Android. Check in with how you're feeling, and try short activities tuned to your emotions. Mrs. Grotzky's (your school social worker) new personal fav. Be well, be safe and be kind, NUAMES Nighthawks.
Hey NUAMES Nighthawks and Families! We are on week 2 of online school and you are doing great! Don't forget to take time to stay Physically active during this time. Even though we are practicing "Social Distancing" there are so many things that we can do in our homes, and outside and in nature to keep our bodies and minds healthy and safe. Taking at least 30-60 minutes a day to be physically active, releases the Happy Hormones (Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin) in your body that not only boosts our physical wellness but supports our mental health so we can manage stress, anxiety and keep our immune systems strong. Check out these resources to help you stay physically and mentally fit this week. Together we can do this! :)
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