It has been proven that regularly practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety. In fact, studies show that mindfulness can not only affect the production of the hormones that change our mood but also increase the thickness of grey matter in the pre-frontal cortex. That means increased activity in the part of our brains responsible for things like planning, problem solving, and controlling your emotions. We've provided some mindfulness based activities here!
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We are all mentally adjusting to the current social distancing guidelines in our areas, but we can’t forget about how children are experiencing these changes. Please check out this video where child psychologist, Dr. Nicole Dempster, discusses what changes to look out for in children’s mental health and how to cope with the adjustments.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has highlighted great tips and information on how to maintain behavioral health during this time of social distancing, quarantine and isolation. Along with tips on how to stay connected with others and coping habits to relax, they also provide resources for those who may be struggling during this difficult time.