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It's Stress Awareness Month. Cultivate a little resilience. Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure. Don't you deserve more out of life than just endurance!

Freshen Your Perspective...

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20 Things We Should Say More Often SoulPancake (video)

Do you know...

The Millennials (ages 18 to 33) report the highest levels of stress today. Read more in Stress by Generation...

Mental Health Resources

For mental health crisis help and resources, go to Health Links and scroll to Mental Health Resources

The value in day dreaming...

Day dreaming can be good for you because it...

  • Clears your mind
  • Relaxes you
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces eye fatigue
  • Allows you to move from one brain function to another - easily
  • Enhances creativity
  • Brings balance to your body

It's Humor Month!

Stress reduction and humor are linked...

Lost your bounce?

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  • Watch out for brain drain; know your energy peaks/valleys; take a break to re-focus
  • Develop mental agility; switch neural networks; view things from a different perspective
  • Use self-compassion; be kind to yourself!
  • Don't forget to laugh
  • Keep a happiness journal
  • Use the tools on Stress Center

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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!

Financial Wellness

Are you financially healthy? Here are some tips on how to reign-in your spending

  • Stop impulse buying; wait 24 hours before any major purchase
  • Buy smarter, shop carefully, use discounts
  • Be savvy to marketing schemes...don't fall for what you don't need
  • Grow your own food when you can...herbs, veggies, fruits
  • Share the cost of big-ticket items with family/friends (e.g., snow blower)
  • Downsize your car, TV, appliances, house
  • Park the car! Use public transportation
  • Cancel needless subscriptions/memberships
  • Review your social media devices, electronic and digital services; combine and downsize

Resources to Build Resilience

Need help?

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

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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