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Published: December 14, 2021
Boosting Mental Wellness

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]It seemed that the world turned upside down in March 2020. Suddenly, our entire lives were altered in one way or another. Whether it was working from home or finding ourselves out of a job or helping kids with remote learning or dealing with health issues brought about by COVID, we had to adjust, adapt, and overcome.

Almost two years later and we’re continuing to adapt to this new normal. Stress, isolation, loss, and burnout have taken a toll on our mental and physical health.

So how do we regain our equilibrium?

Start a Wellness Plan!

Below are some wellness tools that can help shift us away from how we currently feel (e.g., stressed, anxious, exhausted) to how we want to feel instead (e.g., calm, joyful, in control).

The purpose of these resources and activities is to help us calm stress, soothe pain, energize us, and inspire us. Remember, everyone is different so look for the tools that resonate with you. Then, pick one or two and make a plan to incorporate them into your day, week, or month. And because everything is more fun with a friend, you might even invite someone to practice with you!

If you want to learn even more, The IC hosts a variety of wellness classes for our consumers and the public. For more info, call 719-471-8181.

Calming Tools

• Time in nature
• Organizing or cleaning
• Tapping
• Gentle movement
• Slowing the breath
• Sipping tea

Energizing Tools

• Brisk movement (walking, dancing)
• Socializing with others
• Laughter
• Creating (art, crafts, poetry, etc.)
• Engaging in outdoor recreation
• Practicing acts of kindness

Soothing Tools

• Spending time in or near water
• Stretching
• Massage
• Expressing gratitude
• Journaling
• Talking with an ally

Inspiring Tools

• Reading
• Taking in art
• Exploring interests
• Tracking goals and accomplishments
• Participating in community events
• Engaging in play

Still struggling? It’s okay to ask for help.

While the tools here can make at least a small difference for most people, sometimes we need some extra help.

Reach out to a mental health professional if you experience any of the following:
• Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
• Extreme anxiety or depression
• Drastic changes in eating or sleeping habits
• Addiction or substance misuse
• Suicidal feelings or thoughts

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are having a mental health crisis, call the Colorado Crisis Line at 1-844-493-8225 or text “TALK” to 38255.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”683″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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