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Sunshine

Many jobs will place you inside, away from the sunshine, fresh air, and green spaces. If you work in a building all day, you likely work in artificial lighting conditions with limited exposure to the natural sunlight. Even if you have to work inside, there are tiny but powerful ways to invite sunshine into your life.

While we have more sunlight each day, let’s find out how we can make the most of the sunshine for our mental well-being this summer.

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Grounding Techniques

Grounding is a coping strategy designed to “ground” you into the present moment with your mind, body, and surroundings. Many people have used grounding techniques to cope with flashbacks, dissociation, anxiety, or even upsetting thoughts and memories.

The best part about grounding? Most techniques are portable, meaning you can take them wherever you go!

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Reflection or Rumination?

Reflection is a normal piece of processing an event. Reflection and introspection is important for personal growth and self-awareness. Through reflection, we can grow, make decisions that align with our goals and values, foster compassion for ourselves, and build the lives we want to live.

But what happens when we ‘reflect’ too much? Most importantly, how do we stop the overthinking that makes us feel so terrible?

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Sitting with Discomfort

Uncomfortable feelings are hard to hold. We want to push away the anxiety of public speaking and to shake away the discomfort and awkwardness that comes with starting something new.

However, being uncomfortable is a natural and healthy part of growing and expanding your limits. If you avoid starting a new skill because it feels uncomfortable being awkward, then you do not give yourself the opportunity to build your skills.

We each have a threshold for how much “uncomfortableness” we can handle. The higher the threshold, the more you can cope with being uncomfortable.

Wherever your threshold is, you can build this skill and learn to regulate and address uncomfortable feelings.

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Moving with Grief

Processing grief is not about “getting over” a loss but rather learning to integrate the grief into our lives in a way that allows us to move forward while honoring our experiences. Often, we rely on “do you want to talk about it?” to process grief. In this week’s newsletter, let’s see how we can access grief in the body and unlock it through movement.

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Battling Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed this week? When deadlines loom and problems pile up, even the small things can feel too much to handle. This week, let’s look at some strategies to battle overwhelm and reach a calm state once more.

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Spring Cleaning

The sun is out and the days are growing longer. We have finally entered spring and look forward to warmer temperatures and sunny days. With the Earth hitting a fresh restart after the long, dark days of winter, we have a few tips for you to brighten your spaces up and hit a fresh start, too!

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Finish the Project You Started

Ever start something new with so much passion and motivation to complete, but then you hit a rut and one way or another it’s left unfinished?

The first time you drop a project may not feel bothersome. You pick up something else instead. However, it’s after the fifth or sixth or twentieth project that you drop when it feels distressing and demotivating.

There are many strategies for tackling a project from start to finish. This week, let’s look at a couple of strategies that you can use this week to get that abandoned project up and off the ground again.

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Tiny Habits

Have you ever felt daunted by the prospect of building a habit? You may have found that building a habit takes a lot of willpower and effort, and you just don’t have the time or energy to do a behavior for 30 days in a row to make it a habit.

If so, let’s reframe it together. Building a habit does not have to involve a lot of effort. We can still get big, remarkable results by doing one teeny, tiny step at a time.

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Reflect on Your Month

One day bleeds into the next. Months blur together. The years fly by and you can’t help but wonder: where did the time go?

There is a simple but profound way to slow down the pace of life: by pausing and reflecting. Then, when we capture these reflections in a journal, we have a record to show where we invested our time.

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