Meaningful Connections

We all want meaningful connections. We know staying connected to others is critical to maintaining good health, just like exercising, drinking water and eating healthy. And just like traditional ways to build wellness, building meaningful connections requires investing time, energy and intention.
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Pay It Forward

Volunteering – why do it? Most of us do it because it makes us feel good. We feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment knowing we’re making a positive difference in our community and helping those who may need a little extra support.
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Stay Grounded With Mindful Walking

Mindful walking is the practice of becoming aware of your surroundings and how your body and mind feel while moving. Meditation isn’t necessarily about being still. For some people, movement is helpful for becoming more aware of their bodies and minds, as well as the present moment. Read more ›

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

We know that one in five people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. It’s very common and it’s also treatable. However, stigma often prevents us from talking about our mental well-being with the comfort and ease that we talk about what’s good for other aspects of our health.

One reason reducing stigma about mental health is important is so that we get better at recognizing when we or people we care about need extra support. Here are 10 signs that suggest a person who is struggling needs professional help:

  1. Feeling very sad, withdrawn or unmotivated for more than two weeks.
  2. Making plans or trying to harm or kill oneself.
  3. Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors.
  4. Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing.
  5. Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight, significant weight loss or weight gain.
  6. Severe mood swings causing problems in relationships.
  7. Excess use of drugs or alcohol.
  8. Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits.
  9. Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still.
  10. Intense worries or fears getting in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.

If you or someone you know is struggling, contact an adult and seek professional support. In the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Learn more about stigma on Change to Chill’s website.

Next Steps….

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there is a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
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How to Manage Your Anger

Like all emotions, anger is a normal response to stressors in your life — everyone feels anger at one point or another, even if they’re typically very calm — but no matter how overwhelming anger can feel, it doesn’t need to take you over. There are many ways you or your teen can begin to notice triggers, know when your “button” is being pushed and learn skills to manage your anger. By focusing on learning anger management activities for teens, you can set yourself or someone you love up for success.
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Affirmations

Affirmations are a powerful tool that can be used by people of any age. When repeated in the morning, affirmations can help get the day started on the right foot and prepare you to take action in pursuit of your goals.
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The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils, or plant-based extracts for therapeutic benefit. By stimulating smell receptors in your nose, different scents send signals through your body. When smell receptors are stimulated with a relaxing scent, it can calm the mind, body and spirit.
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Major life changes are a part of life, but they do not need to be disruptive.

When life throws you a curveball…

Let’s face it, life has been more challenging lately. From pandemic to civil unrest to gun violence we’re all feeling stressed. Here are seven quick tips……
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The Benefits of Reflection

In our fast-paced environments, we often jump from one activity to another without taking time to evaluate what each experience provides us. Getting caught up in the busyness of daily life can make it difficult to look inward and reflect on our own thoughts and feelings.
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