Mental Health Month Wellness Tips

May is Mental Health month and to celebrate it we will be posting ways to work on your wellness for each day of the month! Please feel free to share these posts so that we can promote good mental health! Check back often as we add new tips!

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Wellness Tip #1:   Start a gratitude/achievement journal. This will have many positive benefits toward your mental health and being able to look back on your accomplishments will boost your self esteem!

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Wellness Tip #2: Can’t seem to put the pieces together? Maybe you need to take a mental health screen! Click here to see if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.  *Thus is just a tool to use. It does not replace seeking professional help from a mental health provider.

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Wellness Tip #3: Find out what fun things are going on in your city this summer and plan a day around them!

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Wellness Tip #4: Focus on what you do best first, then move on to something more challenging.

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Wellness Tip #5: Create a better environment for sleeping by turning the thermostat down! The more sleep you get, the better you’ll feel! Rest well!

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Wellness Tip #6: Taking small steps toward self-improvement can elevate your mood!

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Wellness Tip #7: Let your creative juices flow and see how much better you feel!

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Wellness Tip #8: Do something kind for a loved one; healthy relationships can bring joy to your life!

Show some love to someone in your life who you hold dear. Close, qualityrelationships are key for a happy, healthy life. (1)

Wellness Tip #9: Finally, an excuse to eat chocolate!  Remember, the darker the better.

Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolateevery few days. The flavanoids, caeine, and theobromine in chocolate arethought to work together to improve a

Wellness Tip #10: Adult coloring books are all the rage right now!  Try it and see how relaxing it can be!

Feeling anxious- Channel your inner child and do some coloring for about 20minutes to help you clear your mind. Pick a design that's geometric and alittle complicated for the best effect

Wellness Tip #11: Invest in some essential oils or buy lavender and vanilla scented candles!

Scents like vanilla and lavender can help reduce anxiety and improve symptoms of depression & insomnia

Wellness Tip #12:  If you’re looking for someone you can relate to, check out www.mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike

If you are living with a mental illness or in the recovery process, visitwww.mentalhealthamerica.netfeelslike. Remember - you_re not alone!dd heading

Wellness Tip #13:  Even a fake laugh can help because it often leads to the real thing! Try it!

Take time to laugh. Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check outgoofy videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.

Wellness Tip #14:  Unplug for a day and see how free you feel!

Go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnectfrom constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doingsomething fun with someone face-to-face.

Wellness Tip #15: Liven up boring routines like doing the chores with dancing!

Dance around while you do your housework. Not only will you get choresdone, but dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), andincreases endorphins (the body's -feel-good- c

Wellness Tip #16:  Don’t hold that yawn in! Let it out and reap those benefits!

Feeling tired- Go ahead and yawn. Studies suggest that yawning helps coolthe brain and improves alertness and mental efficiency. (1)

Wellness Tip #17: Relieve stress by having a soak in a warm bath!

Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe achesand pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted bystress.

Wellness Tip #18: Starting a journal is a great way to get rid of negative thoughts!

Has something been bothering you- Let it all out…on paper. Writing aboutupsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.

Wellness Tip #19: Spending time with pets has been proven to increase happiness!

Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stresshormone - cortisol, and boosts oxytocin - which stimulates feelings ofhappiness. If you don_t have a pet, hang o

Wellness Tip #20:  Listening to music can make you feel happier!

Listen to some music you love! This will give your endophins a boost!

Wellness Tip #21:  Feel more in control of your life by meal prepping or picking our your clothes for the week!

Try prepping your meals or picking out your clothes for the work week. You'llsave some time in the mornings and have a sense of control about the weekahead.

Wellness Tip #22:  Don’t forget to incorporate some omega-3’s into your diet either with supplements or different foods!

Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet–they are linked to decreasedrates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oilsupplements work, but eating your omeg

Wellness Tip #23: Working out doesn’t seem so bad when you do it with friends!  Set goals and have friendly competitions to help motivate each other!

Exercise with friends

Wellness Tip #24: Plan a day of fun activities with your family or close friends!  It will do wonders for your mood!

Do something with friends and family- have a cookout, go to a park, or play agame. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend6-7 hours with friends or family.

Wellness Tip #25: Just 15 minutes in the sunlight can elevate your mood, but don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Spend some time in the sun! The sun's ultraviolet radiation boosts endorphin production!

Wellness Tip #26: Try spending some time in nature to make yourself feel better!

Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature - it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increaseenergy levels, reduce depression

Wellness Tip #27: Show someone how grateful you are for hem by sending a thank you note!

Send a thankyou note - not for a material item, but to letsomeone know whyyou appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increasedhappiness.

Wellness Tip #28:  Something as simple as a smile can change your mood!

Feeling stressed- Smile. It may not be the easiest thing to do, butsmiling canhelp to lower your heart rate and calm you down.

Wellness Tip #29:  Is there something you always wanted to do but were too scared?  Take a chance and do it!

Try something outside of your comfort zone to make room for adventure andexcitement in your life.

Wellness Tip #30: You are what you think, so make those thoughts positive!

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Wellness Tip #31: People who meditate are generally happier, more centered, and less prone to anger and frustration.

Meditation can be a tool to boost endorphins. This includes moving meditation like tai chi, pilates, and yoga.

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