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Online Escapes: Relaxing Activities for You and the Family!: Self Care

Visit these websites and take some time for you and your family to relax and unwind!

Stress Management Tips

According to webmd.com, here are a few tips for keeping stress in check: 

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.
  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
  • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

Mindfulness

Reflexology for Relaxation

Source: YouTube (ModernMom)

Stress Management: Relax Your Body and Mind

Below are just a few ways you can de-stress: 

  • Take 3-5 slow, deep breaths.
  • Soak in a warm bath.
  • Listen to soothing music. 
  • Put aside all of your electronic devices and unplug for a period of time.
  • Take a nap. 
  • Write down your feelings in a journal
  • Use guided imagery - imagine yourself in a desired scenario or playback a happy memory. 
  • Take a walk or go for a run.
  • Massage your scalp, where many people carry tension. 
  • Make a list and recognize your day's successes.
  • Jot down a list of tasks you want to accomplish so that you can set it aside, knowing you have a plan.
  • Recognize what can't control - and put it out of your mind. 
  • Take time to play - watch a cartoon, paint, color or go to a park and swing. Play is important for adults, as well as children! 

Be Present in Your Life!

Source: YouTube (TEDx Talks)

"Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life's slings and arrows and others more resilient?" In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose.

Meditation Resources

Apps for Self-Care

Meditation has many psychological, as well as phyical benefits. It has been shown to help people reduce anxiety and help with depression, reduce heart rate, and improve concentration and memory. Below are some free apps available to help you learn how to meditate and calm your mind, when needed. 

PIxel Thoughts - Pixel Thoughts is a 60 second meditation exercise to help you relax. It is available for free in-browser, or as an Apple or Android app.

 

Smiling Mind - Smiling Mind is a free meditation app available in your web browser, or on your Apple or Android device.

 

 

UCLA Mindfulness App - UCLA Mindful is a free meditation app created by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, which includes meditations in English and Spanish, a weekly podcast from UCLA's Hammer Museum, and videos with tips for beginners. Available for free for Apple or Android.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditate At Your Desk - Mindful.org offers a quick how-to for re-centering yourself and finding some calm during the middle of a workday.

 

Ten Percent Happier - With the Ten Percent Happier app, you’ll discover guided meditations and practical teachings you can carry anywhere.