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!

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.
NEW!!! 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.
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.
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.
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.