Now is the time to THRIVE!

The start of January usually prompts people to pause and reflect on how they are doing. As a new year begins, this natural milestone and time of self-reflection encourages us to reevaluate our priorities and might inspire us to make positive changes throughout our lives. Whether the goal is personal growth, career goals, or health and well-being, now is the time to thrive. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Reduce Stress

  • Physical activity is a powerful stress reliever. Different forms of exercise, walking, jogging, yoga, and more, all help release endorphins, your body’s natural mood lifter
  • Deep breathing exercises can help calm the nervous system, release tension, reduce stress and anxiety
  • Practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques will help bring your attention to the present moment and help calm your mind. If you need assistance, several apps can help get you started
  • Efficiently organizing your time can help prevent feeling overwhelmed. Break tasks into smaller units and learn to say “no” when necessary
  • Limit screen time and technology, especially before bedtime. Seek a healthy digital balance with your time

Spend Time with Positive Influences

  • Cultivate relationships that bring positivity into your life. Spend time with those that support and uplift you
  • Participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy with others. Shared interests can strengthen personal bonds and provide a break from strain
  • Spend time with people that make you laugh, watch funny movies, or attend a comedy show. Laughter is a proven mood enhancer

Enjoy Nature and the Great Outdoors

  • Reap the positive effects of fresh air and nature by walking, hiking, or just sitting outside
  • Spending time in natural sunlight can positively affect your mood and Vitamin D levels
  • Engage in outside activities like picnics, games, or gardening that bring you joy and satisfaction and have a calming effect

Practice Self Care and Healthy Living

  • Allow your brain to “recharge” every night. Ensure you get enough quality sleep by establishing a consistent sleep routine
  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet that will fuel your body and mind
  • Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health. Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine

MORE HEALTH in the Classroom

Remember, reducing stress does not happen overnight. It is an ongoing process. Different techniques work differently for people. Tailor these suggestions to fit your lifestyle and needs. Small efforts can add up to large improvements and lead to a life that thrives. To learn more about MORE HEALTH and how to support our mission, visit our website:

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