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Health & Wellness

Self-care is not selfish – it is essential!

Self-care is a vital health care tool that can immediately help with your mental wellness. It can be as simple as taking a few moments to breathe and relax. But did you know that the relaxation response is not instinctive? It is something you must choose to stimulate. Simple self-care exercises can activate the relaxation response that can help decrease anxiety and stress and improve immune response.

Employee Assistance and Mental Health Program​

Login to your Mental Health and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP seamlessly combines on-demand digital resources with live support by expert clinicians. Anytime, anywhere access where and when you need it most. 

Self Improvement

What percentage of people invest in personal development?

Only 5% of the world understands that investing in self-development is the most valuable investment. There is a direct correlation between the amount of time, money and energy you invest in self-improvement and the benefits you receive–not all of which are monetary.
 
Six Core Benefits of Personal Development
  • Self-awareness.
  • A sense of direction.
  • Improved focus and effectiveness.
  • More motivation.
  • Greater resilience.
  • More fulfilling relationships.

As you may guess, self-development has a positive impact on your:

  • Career
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Confidence
  • Life

Self-improvement can literally change your life.

 

                                 Self-improvement strategies

Reading

Reading is one of the most accessible and most affordable ways to expand our knowledge and our world. Books are great companions in our self-development journey, no matter what we want to improve.

Journaling

Writing down thoughts helps us see them with more clarity. Keeping a journal with regularity lets us discover patterns and recurring ideas, and later on, we may decide to work on them. Another excellent tool for self-improvement is keeping a gratitude journal — that is, list every day at least a couple of things for which we are grateful. This leads to better self-awareness and self-esteem.

Affirmations

Affirmations are a powerful way to state our intentions and remind ourselves what we value. Daily affirmations let us deliberately focus on what we care about and bring more of it into our days. 

Physical exercise

Movement keeps us fit. The body is an excellent source of information, and it constantly signals us what it needs. Taking care of the body we live in is a beautiful way of taking care of ourselves and sustaining our development.  

Choose your words

Paying attention to our expressions and words may help a lot in shaping our daily life. Being mindful of what we say and how we say it is the first step to understanding ourselves better!

Do something for the first time

Get out of your comfort zone and try out something new! One of my favorite questions to ask is, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” It reminds me to explore, like children do, and to cultivate curiosity for the unknown.

  • It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you or someone you love is in distress and talking to friends or relatives may be difficult. Reaching out saves lives, however, and the Mental health hotline provides the ear of a compassionate professional who knows how to deal with a mental health crisis. Sometimes, a brief conversation is all it takes to put things in perspective and move forward. 

  • The Mental Health Hotline at                866-903-3787 can answer your questions confidentially and free of charge.

  • https://mentalhealthhotline.org/

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

  • https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

  • https://www.nami.org/help

September is Self Improvement Month!

Social connections might help protect health and lengthen life. Scientists are finding that our links to others can have powerful effects on our health. Whether with family, friends, neighbors, romantic partners, or others, social connections can influence our biology and well-being. Look for ways to get involved with others.

Tips for building new social connections:

  • Join a group focused on a favorite hobby, such as reading, hiking, painting, or
    wood carving.
  • Learn something new. Take a cooking, writing, art, music, or computer class.
  • Take a class in yoga, tai chi, or another new physical activity.
  • Join a choral group, theater troupe, band, or orchestra.
  • Help with gardening at a community garden or park.
  • Volunteer at a school, library, hospital, or place of worship.
  • Participate in neighborhood events, like a park clean-up through your local
    recreation center or community association.
  • Travel to different places and meet new people

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