Raise your hand if you are feeling stressed? There is a lot going on in the world right now and it might be taking a toll on you and your family. Here are some basic ideas and resources to help you relax and hopefully find a few moments of peace.
Reach out to a friend or family member. Make eye contact and smile at the grocery store clerk or coffee shop barista.
Deep breaths can help, take no time, and cost nothing. Give it a try or watch this video or check out this article to walk you through some very basic breathing exercises:
Go for a walk, do a workout, stretch and get into your body. We recommend:
If you are having a very bad time, please reach out for help. The Library offers free access to our social work intern. You can contact Lizzy Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other mental health resources include:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-7255
NAMI Metro Suburban– 708-524-2582
What do you find relaxing? Reading, writing, watching a movie? Find something that will bring you joy. Check out some of our recommendations here.
Find something to do that takes your mind off of your current stress. Sign up for a class (or watch one on FPPL TV) or make something.
Here is the most bold idea. Get off the internet and social media. A digital detox could be just the thing to make you feel a little better.