At Hunton Group, we encourage employees to engage in improving themselves and their community through health, safety, giving, and outreach initiatives. We channel this energy in our “Hunton Cares” Program that serves as an umbrella brand of internal and external communications and charitable initiatives. “Hunton Cares” not only represents our support of our employees mental and physical well-being, it promotes philanthropy and extends our core values of being kind, passionate, and real outside of the organization.
Boost Your Mental Health
- 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.