May 31, 2018

Hydrate for Mental Wellness

Posted in Well-being tagged , , , at 8:34 am by kellyfdennis

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While it’s tempting to load up on coffee and soda during the workday to stay alert (err…caffeinated), research shows that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes, as well as physical effects like thirst, decreased or dark urine, dry skin, headache, dizziness and/or constipation. Furthermore, too much caffeine can trigger symptoms of anxiety.

Mental Health America says “Drink a gallon of water today (don’t chug it all at once!)”.

May 30, 2018

A Few Days Left in Mental Health Month

Posted in Compassion, Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , at 9:39 am by kellyfdennis

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But first, what is Mental Health?

Mental health is your emotional, psychological & social well-being.

Why is your Mental Health important?
Your mental health determines how you handle stress, relate to others & make choices. It affects how you think, feel & act. Mental health is not just important in the month of May, mental health is important during every stage of life, from childhood & adolescence through adulthood. (Source: MentalHealth.gov)

The Bella Vita’s Top Mental Health Tips:

1. Write Down Your Thoughts.Sometimes something as simple as writing down what you are thinking will help you process, calm and clarify your thoughts &/or feelings.

2. Create A Self-Care Stash!Stock up on a few of your favorite things & keep them nearby to use in times of stress or uncertainty (e.g., lotion, candle, music, an affirmation book, anything that brings you comfort).

3. Do Something For Someone Else. Acts of service can reduce stress, boost self-esteem & increase your connections. When we do things for others, we are reminded that we are not alone & that we are connected to others.

4. Nurture Your Body – Nuture Your Mind! When considering your mental health, you cannot exclude your physical health. Can you make one choice that will positively impact your physical health today? We all need something different, what does your body need today? Areas to pay special attention to include, sleep, nutrition & exercise. The way we treat our bodies can change the way we think & feel.

5. Make Time For Mindfulness! Take a few moments from your day to check-in with yourself. Focus on your breathing & how your feelings. Inhale Deeply* Feel your chest expand. Exhale Softly* Feel your chest fall. Bring your mind to the present moment without drifting to the past or future.

http://www.thebellavita.com

May 29, 2018

Food for Thought

Posted in Well-being tagged , , , , at 8:27 am by kellyfdennis

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You’ve probably heard the sayings, “You are what you eat,” or, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Today’s TastyTuesday (Mental Health America) challenge will be to look at the types of foods we are used to eating.

Certain foods provide the nutrition your brain and body need to function at their best. Diets that incorporate omega 3 fatty acids, b vitamins, folic acid, vitamin D, prebiotics and probiotics help improve mood, reduce inflammation, and reduce signs of depression; while diets high in processed, sugary, and fatty foods do the opposite. How’s your diet shape up for your mental well being?

May 27, 2018

Stay Mentally Healthy

Posted in Compassion, Well-being tagged , , at 8:23 am by kellyfdennis

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It’s SleepWellSunday says Mental Health America.

A good night’s sleep can often be the first thing we sacrifice to make sure all of our daily demands are taken care of, but sleep is about so much more than just shutting your eyes. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies don’t have time to repair organs and flush toxins from our brains, which can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and symptoms of mental health disorders.

In fact, people with mental health disorders experience sleep problems at a much higher rate than those without mental health disorders. Depending on your age, the amount of sleep you need varies, but good sleep is a good thing!

May 25, 2018

Mental Health Awareness is a Good Thing!

Posted in Mindfulness, Self Image, Well-being tagged , , , , , at 8:19 am by kellyfdennis

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Yoga can improve mental health in general and may help relieve symptoms of mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.

Aside from its benefits for your mental health, it’s a great way to stretch and strengthen your muscles.

Mental Health America partnered with Annie Shiel, yoga instructor and co-founder of True U —an organization that empowers teens through yoga, true talk, and mindfulness—to show you two short yoga routines.

Go ahead and tell us about your yoga experience.

May 23, 2018

Still Mental Health Awareness Month!

Posted in Mindfulness, relationships, Well-being tagged , , , at 8:14 am by kellyfdennis

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Wednesdays are about wellness in the workplace: WorkplaceWednesday. (Mental Health America)

Nowadays so many jobs (although not all of them) involve sitting at a computer, behind a desk—which can make it hard to establish relationships with co-workers, and even harder to incorporate physical activity into your day.

Give your eyes (and your back, and your whole body for that matter) a break from the screen. Today I want you to take a walk on your break. If you need some peace and quiet, take a stroll by yourself. If you feel like company, ask a co-worker to join you.

How far did you walk?

May 21, 2018

Mindful Mental Health Awareness

Posted in Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , , , at 8:10 am by kellyfdennis

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Are you ready for another MindfulMonday? (Mental Health America)

Research indicates that people who practice mindfulness regularly experience benefits like reduced rumination (repeated thoughts about distress or problems without finding solutions), reduced stress levels, boosted working memory, increased focus, less emotional reactivity and more relationship satisfaction.

Guided meditations are a great way to practice mindfulness. The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center have guided mindfulness meditations available in English and Spanish on their website at http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations. Or Check out one of Kelly’s on her You Tube Channel .

Feel free to share your experience being mindful!

May 19, 2018

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted in art therapy tagged , , , at 8:20 am by kellyfdennis

O6REDQ0-minToday’s #StressFreeSaturday challenge is about hobbies.

Hobbies allow us to relax and sort of “zone out” while doing something we find enjoyable. Hobbies can be physical like golf, gardening, or dancing, or they can be activities like writing, making music, crafting or cosplaying that provide an opportunity to flex our creative muscles. In addition to being great stress relievers, research shows that hobbies can have positive effects on overall wellbeing and activities like drawing, painting, and molding clay have been scientifically proven to help people who have been exposed to trauma. (From Mental Health America Website)

Share your favorite hobby. Or if you don’t have one, yet, what would you like to try?

May 17, 2018

Counseling May Help

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy, Communication, Compassion, Eating Disorders, identity, Mindfulness, Online Counseling, Well-being tagged , , , , , , at 8:39 am by kellyfdennis

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