Emotional Wellness

Mental health is as important to our well-being as our physical health. These resources can help us learn tools to control our emotions and to express them in healthy ways!

NEW!!! The Calming Effect of Water. Houston Family Magazine article discusses the calming effects of water and offers multiple ways to enjoy its sight, feel, and taste. (7/18/22)
Dance Your Way to Better Brain Health. CDC article discusses the positive effects of dance on brain, physical, and emotional health; where to find dance opportunities; and strategies for engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in dance activities.
Focus on the Positive: Enhancing Resilience by Savoring Positive Experiences. Researchers at the Mather Institute examined 50 studies looking at the connection between caregiver positivity and well-being. They concluded that a positive attitude may help caregivers provide better care and stay healthy. The above link takes you to a review and download of the report.
NEW!!! 4 Factors That May Lower PTSD Risk and Bolster Resilience. Article from Psychology Today discusses four factors that may help to build resilience to PTSD: Hope, Optimism, and General and Specific Self-Efficacy. (7/1/22)
The Golden Years of Emotion. Article discusses the trend toward more positive emotions in older adults (Association for Psychological Science).
Gratitude: A Tool to Reduce Stress. Learn how and why being thankful helps to reduce stress and simple ways to make gratitude a habit; from Dakota Behavioral Health.
NEW!!! Guided Imagery (Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax). Ever wish you could just sit on the beach, listening to gentle waves… relax? Guided Imagery can take you there via an audio recording, an instructor, or the script on this webpage courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.
NEW!!! Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Helpguide* article discusses the physical, mental, and social benefits of laughter… and offers suggestions for ways to incorporate more laughter in your life. *One of the world’s leading mental health websites. (8/29/22)
Healthy Aging – Emotional and Mental Vitality. Learn about the connection between emotional, mental, and physical energies (WebMD).
HelpGuide. A well-respected not-for-profit guide to mental health and well-being across the lifespan.
How Art Can Help Relieve Stress. From the Sage Neuroscience Center, article discusses the relationship between art and stress reduction… and offer multiple activities to engage your interest.
Mental Health America. Tools from the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Includes link to local affiliates.
The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise. HelpGuide article outlines multiple mental health benefits of exercise, provides simple getting-started ideas, and offers suggestions for overcoming barriers.
NEW!!! Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):  Learn more about PTSD: definition and description, causes, symptoms, and tips/treatments/therapies that can help to relieve symptoms. From Helpguide, one of the world’s leading mental health websites. (7/1/22)
NEW!!! Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation. Healthwise/University of Michigan Health article outlines the connection between stress and breathing and provides breathing exercises designed to help you lower your stress level.
The Ultimate Caregiver’s Playlist. Blog posting from family caregiver Donna Thomson discusses the connections between emotions and music for caregivers and shares her playlist (with links) as well as selections from other caregivers.