Friday 5: Health & Wellness

Check out what we’ve been reading to support your mental health & emotional wellness:

Google data shows that search interest in gardening this year is up threefold relative to similar time periods in prior years. This could be a good thing for our mental well-being, as a recent study found that gardening may boost mood as much as some types of exercise. The study points to the fact that both often tout the benefit of being outdoors, increased mindfulness, and defining goal-driven behavior. (Washington Post)  

It’s not realistic, or possible, or even healthy to expect that our relationships will be harmonious all the time. Here’s how to repair the relationship after a family rift. (  

The Pandemic has taken a toll on our children’s mental health. This is likely related to a combination of disrupted routines, fear of sickness or family loss, and economic and housing mobility as significant stressors for adults as well as children. This article explains what schools (and parents) can do about it. (Education Week)  

A wide body of research on teens and adults links volunteering to a host of benefits, including improved mental health, feeling purposeful, and meaningful improvements in life expectancy. Follow this link to learn how to volunteer during the pandemic. (Washington Post)  

Opting out of a large family gathering this Christmas? SOCIAL Distancing doesn’t have to mean EMOTIONAL distancing. Check out these ideas for fun alternatives when your long-held traditions need to take a year off. (Good Housekeeping)

Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana

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