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Well-Being Tips

Everyone encounters challenging times in their lives, when certain situations can cause distress or sadness. Fortunately, there are simple, everyday things a person can do to make life better.

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Tips to help you build resiliency and positively influence physical and emotional well-being.

October - Anxiety and Your Health

What is Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety now and then. It's a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous before taking a test, dealing with a problem at work, or before a job interview. Anxiety is a natural biological reaction to very real everyday stresses. In today's world, that reaction helps prepare us to deal with things we must face, and gives us energy to take action.

Symptoms of Anxiety

While symptoms may vary from person to person, the body typically reacts in a very specific way.

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September

Building a Social Network

Human beings are social creatures.  We need the companionship of others to thrive in life.  Being socially connected can ease stress, anxiety, and depression, boost self-worth, provide comfort, prevent loneliness—and be especially helpful during stressful times.

Your Social Support Network
A social network is made up of friends, family, and peers.  If you want to improve emotional well-being and your ability to cope with stress, surround yourself with at least a few good friends and confidants. A coffee break with a friend (even virtually), or a phone call to a family member are all good ways to develop and foster lasting relationships.  Here are a few other ideas:

  • Volunteer.  Pick a cause that’s important to you and get involved.  You’ll meet others who share values.

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August

Bridging the Generation Gap

Differences between generations, or the “generation gap,” can result in a variety of challenges, including miscommunication and disagreement.  “Generation gap” often brings up memories of conflict over taste in music, career choice, political affiliation, and lifestyle choices. 

For many Asian and Asian American families, typical generation gap conflicts are compounded by an “acculturation gap” – where children of immigrant parents adapt to a new culture faster and in a different way than their parents. 

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July 

What We Mean By Self-Care

Self-care is what you do to take care of yourself to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Research suggests self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress.  

Here are a few self-care tips to get you started. 

Take time for you.  Even if it is 10-minutes each day relaxing by yourself, a little solitude can help you unwind.
Sleep better. Your behavior during the day and especially before bedtime can have a major impact on the quality of your sleep.  

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Returning to Work: Feeling Anxious? You’re Not Alone

After more than a year of sheltering in place, many employees have concerns about returning to the work-place. They’re grappling with questions about what work will look like in the coming months, when will they need to go back to the office, and what expectations their employers might have.  If you’re feeling anxious about so many uncertainties, know that you are not alone. Here are some helpful tips for making the transition back to work less stressful.

Mentally prepare. Take some time before going back to work to think about your concerns or worries.  Walk through scenarios that you might encounter to help you feel more at ease. Imagine successfully navigating these situations. Imagery is a powerful tool that can help you cope with anxiety-filled circumstances.

Take Care of Yourself

Take time just for yourself. Even if it’s just 10 minutes each day that you set aside to relax by yourself, a little solitude can help you unwind.  

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June- Boundary-setting for Resilience and Healthier Relationships

Don't Be Afraid to Say "No"

Saying no is commonly and incorrectly associated with being selfish or callous. A “yes” will bring a smile from the person doing the asking, and a “no” will probably have the opposite effect.  So, we might find ourselves saying yes when we shouldn’t just to make someone else happy or to avoid conflict in the moment.  
Although setting proper boundaries can feel stressful at first, over time and with practice, it can boost our resilience and promote well-being.  It’s not wrong to want to do things for others; but when we want to please too much, and at our own expense, good intentions can leave us feeling resentful and exhausted. 

Boundaries are limits we set for ourselves to facilitate reasonable, safe, and healthy ways of interacting with others.

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May- Mental Health Awareness/Depression

Depression is the most common mood disorder in the U.S.  While it is a serious medical illness, the good news is that it’s highly treatable.  A good first step is to get informed.  

Do you know the symptoms?
Depression affects different people in different ways.  Some signs and symptoms may include feeling several of the following for at least two weeks:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
  • Trouble with concentration, memory, or making decisions
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Appetite changes
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

People may also have aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause or that do not ease even with treatment.

Read frequently asked questions about depression. 


April - Stress & Anxiety Awareness

Is it stress or anxiety?

Life can be stressful—you may feel stressed about a traffic, traumatic events (such as a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of violence), or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.

Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of chores or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time.

Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat.

If that anxiety doesn’t go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health.

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Take a Break From Stress

We all face stressful situations in our lives, ranging from traffic jams to more serious worries about health, or concern for a loved one. No matter the cause, stress floods the body with hormones – your heart pounds, breathing speeds up and muscles tense. Some stress can be put to use, but if it persists, it can have undesirable side effects. While we can’t avoid all sources of stress, we can develop healthier ways of responding. Here are a few tips:

  • Breath focus. Take long, slow, deep breaths. As you breathe, gently disengage your mind from distracting thoughts and sensations.
  • Body scan. After a few minutes of deep breathing, focus on one part of the body or group of muscles at a time, mentally releasing any physical tension.

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March - Sleep

The Importance of Sleep – Especially Now!

Sleep is always important, but sleep becomes even more essential because of its wide-ranging benefits for physical and emotional well being.

  • Sleep empowers an effective immune system. Studies show that sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function and the body’s ability to protect us from colds, flu and other ailments.
  • Sleep heightens brain function. Our minds work better when we get good sleep, contributing to complex thinking, learning, memory, and decision-making.
  • Sleep enhances mood. Lack of sleep can make us irritable, drag down energy levels and cause or worsen feelings of anxiety and depression.

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February - Happiness Happens

The Happiness Factor: Cultivate a Positive Outlook

Happiness and health go hand in hand. Research shows a correlation between happiness levels and overall wellness with those who cultivate a more positive outlook enjoying richer and more fulfilling lives.

While it's not realistic to expect every day to be the happiest day of your life, taking simple, thoughtful steps can add up to a greater sense of overall happiness and well-being. Happiness shouldn’t be forced or fabricated. Rather, look for ways to recognize and foster authentically happy moments in everyday life.

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Think Happy

Making slight changes in the way you think can have a cumulative, positive effect on your outlook. Be mindful of your thoughts. Encourage those that are positive and optimistic. This will help create perpetual patterns of thought that are more deeply rooted in happiness.

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January - Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

Research is helping us appreciate the benefits of the ancient practice of mindfulness—a form of meditation that emphasizes presence of mind and focus. Simply put, mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention to what’s going on around you, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, boost mood, and contribute to overall health and well-being. And it is a skill that anyone can develop.

By exercising our attention through regular mindfulness practice, we can also train the brain to become more emotionally in tune. When we can understand and manage emotions in ourselves—including feelings of sadness, anger, or fear—we are said to have emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ is applicable to every human interaction because it influences behavior. A high EQ helps us communicate better, improve relationships, and empathize with others.

Finding Mindfulness in Surprising Places

How often do we think we’re in control of our attention when it’s the other way around? We want to focus during lunch with a friend, but our attention wants to think about what to prepare for dinner. We want to listen intently to what our loved one is saying, but our attention wants to drag up an unrelated emotional hurt from a years-old conversation. A little mind-wandering is natural, but when it gets in the way of everyday functioning it can distract us and even drive down happiness levels. The practice of mindfulness can be an effective tool for helping us to focus our wandering minds by bringing a mindful focus to daily activities.

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