This month I encourage you to consciously practice gratitude. It’s not always easy, but ultimately choosing to focus on gratitude, rather than self-pity, is so important for mental and physical health. People who have a generally more grateful disposition report higher levels of physical health, and taking note of what you are grateful for on a regular basis improves sense of well-being and mood. So, this month, I encourage you to practice gratitude every day.
Does spending time on social media bring you joy? Or does it do just the opposite? For some, it can increase anxiety and depression, foster procrastination, magnify attention difficulties and create distance from real human interactions. This month's health challenge is to take a break from social media. Spend time with real friends, not Facebook friends - they are not the same. You may find that your mood improves, you sleep better, have more time, are more focused, feel more deeply connected with friends/family and experience increased well-being overall.
Humans need connection. Without it we simply cannot thrive. If you often find yourself feeing lonely or isolated, read on to learn more about how feelings of loneliness and the experience of social isolation can affect your health. And for those of you who have a great social network, lots of support, and sense of community, read on to learn more about what others around you may be experiencing, and what you can do to help.