Cultivate Self-Awareness

Staying aware of your own needs and feelings is essential to your mental and emotional health. Vent stress as it begins to percolate. Little, small stress relievers throughout the day are more effective than a big emotional explosion once a week. Think of shaking a bottle of soda, then slowly unscrewing. Recognizing all your emotions is a first step in managing them. Know your limits and be unashamed about setting boundaries. Saying “no” is a skill we all need for self perseverance.

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Get Balanced

Health centers around balance. Mental health is no exception. Be deliberate about how you spend your time; it is an incredibly valuable resource that none of us are getting any more of. Maintain balance between your normal responsibilities and the things you enjoy. Work and play are equally important. Incorporate what you love into your daily routine so you have something to look forward to each day.

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coping skillsJennifer Harp