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March Stress Less Tip

High-fiber, carbohydrate-rich foods can be beneficial during times of high stress. Healthy comfort foods like sweet potatoes, winter squash, brown rice, and oatmeal cause the brain to release serotonin, a relaxing hormone. High-fiber foods can also help prevent stress-related binges because they keep blood sugars stabilized.

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Suicide Prevention QRP Gatekeeper Training (Boise)
QRP stands for question, persuade, and refer. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.


If your stress level is out of control, consider some help. Check out the State of Idaho Employee Assistance Program

Freshen Your Perspective...

Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here SoulPancake (video)

20 Things We Should Say More Often SoulPancake (video)

Setting Healthy Boundaries with the World

Events of the day from around the world can bring you down, set your mood, and squash your mojo. Take control. Try these tips...

  • Don't allow world events to overwhelm you
  • Choose how much media/news you let into your life
  • Choose the time of day you get your news; bedtime is not the best time for a dose of news!
  • Own your mood; own your emotions
  • Don't give away your power to decide
  • Learn to say "no"
  • Know who and what are truly important in your life
  • Keep perspective in all things
  • Connect with people - even people you don't know! A smile is a good place to start
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Limit your use of social media
  • Find joy somewhere every day

The two great days...

It was William Barclay who said... The two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.

What is your "why"?

Craving purpose in your life? Understanding your deeper "why" matters to your health and to your stress level. Purpose...

  • Keeps you centered in stressful times
  • Creates an inner sense of motivation
  • Helps you stick to your goals
  • Helps create balance
  • Helps you make better choices
  • Makes you a happier person

Creating your "why"

Not sure where to start? Dive in. It takes time to bring clarity to your "why" and your why can change with time and circumstances. Contemplate these questions

  • What gives purpose and meaning to your life?
  • What makes your life worth living?
  • What makes you feel you have an impact on your world?
  • What do you value?
  • What brings you joy?
  • What gives you energy?
  • Draft your why - as a word, a phrase or a paragraph that describes your why. Examples....To be a role model for my friends. To ease suffering. To create a healthier planet. To raise healthy children. To be a life-long learner. To do good work. To...
  • Now tie your health/wellness goal to your why - and watch amazing things happen!

Resources to Build Resilience

PowerPoints, Guides, & Handouts

Reducing Stress and the Low Stress Diet PowerPoint presentations (see above) are ready-made packages you can deliver in a classroom setting or meeting environment. If you decide to lead a noon hour class on either subject, check out the additional resources below:


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