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Boost Your Mental Health

May 12, 2021

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  • Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee. Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you cannot drink coffee because of the caffeine, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.
  • Set up a getaway. It could be camping with friends or a trip to the Galveston. The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!
  • Work your strengths. Do something you are good at to build self-confidence.
  • Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, or paint. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked. Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality, relationships are key for a happy, healthy life.
  • Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we’ve already got.
  • Feeling anxious? Take a trip down memory lane.
  • Take time to laugh. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.
  • Go off the grid on the weekend. Leave your smartphone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions.
  • Dance around while you do your housework.
  • Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress.
  • Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.
  • Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress
  • Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the workweek. You’ll save some time in the mornings and have a sense of control over the week ahead.
  • Practice forgiveness – even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.
  • Do something with friends and family – have a cookout, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family.
  • Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature. Memorial Park has great trails.
  • Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine and apply sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Hunton has the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is a resource to help with stress, depression, grief, etc. It is easy to access simply go to: www.unum.com/lifebalance or call 800-854-1446.

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