Going through the motions in life can be both boring and exhausting. When feeling depleted, a local motivator suggests filling up your tank with inspiration.
So many people are suffering from anxiety and depression right now. That's why we're sharing resources to help our community get through it.
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Living in the moment can bring joy and connection to everyday life. While many people spend time thinking about the future, fulfilment is often found in what is happening right now.
When summer hits, some people find themselves slipping into "vacation mode." That mindset can make it hard to focus, but there are ways to balance the desire to play with getting work done.
National Say Something Nice Day is an annual reminder to be kind to everyone you encounter. Kindness not only lifts up others, it can also improve your mood and overall wellbeing.
Valerie Kirk, Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Canyon Lakes Counseling, says there are many benefits of being kind. Choosing to practice kindness can increase a person's sense of happiness, improve their relationships and set an example for others to follow.
According to Kirk, the effects of kindness are experienced in the brain and the body. Studies have linked kindness to an increase in dopamine, serotonin and neurotransmitter production, contributing to feelings of satisfaction and wellbeing. In addition, Kirk says it may lessen depression and anxiety and can even decrease physical pain through an increase in endorphins.
When complimenting someone, Kirk stresses the importance of being sincere. According to Kirk, a sincere compliment is one that is intentional, detailed, and said with an appreciative tone of voice and body language. She recommends avoiding phrases such as "thanks" and "good job," and replacing them with more personal comments. She shared the following examples:
- "I really appreciate you for cleaning up the kitchen after dinner."
- "Wow, I can see you put a lot of thought into making this gift for me."
On the receiving end, Kirk believes it is important to acknowledge and accept kindness from others. When receiving a compliment, she advises responding by saying "thank you" in an authentic way, as opposed to deflecting the attention. Kirk says dismissing a compliment may make the other person feel rejected.
National Say Something Nice Day encourages people across the country to set aside their differences and practice kindness. Saying at least one nice thing to others can create a domino effect of paying it forward.
Do you have a hard time getting negative thoughts out of your head? Here's a funny, unforgettable story to help you reframe your mindset.
A challenging year is coming to an end for high school seniors across the community. As graduation day approaches, a local principal is helping the Class of 2021 stay positive and live in the moment.
A serious medical diagnosis takes a toll on the body and the mind. It can be difficult for those with ongoing health problems to stay positive, but there are ways to maintain a healthy headspace through the stress and pain of a long-term illness.
Doctors and researchers are gathering more evidence that the key to good health lies in the gut. Given the connection between the mind and the digestive system, an emotional detox may improve overall gut health.
A local nonprofit is helping women find hope when they've hit rock bottom by delivering books.
As local museums prepare to reopen, you may consider going with your kids. The experience of visiting a museum could improve student mental health.
Finding hope can seem impossible in a global pandemic, but there are steps you can take to live in hope today.
WA - The Washington State Department of Health started a podcast series called 'Coping with COVID,' where each week health experts talk about some of the difficulties we've been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This week's episode was on suicide prevention and how to help someone having su…
Kids and teens may be itching to spend time with their friends again now that Washington State is in Phase 3. As COVID-19 restrictions ease and more places reopen, it is possible for youth to safely reconnect with their peers.
It's been a year since many Americans were sent home for remote work. Now, a local comedian wants to help you work happy while working from home.
Technology is one of the biggest contributors to stress and anxiety among students. Reducing screen time could improve their mental health.
Whether you are sick of zoom meetings, bored at home, or just feeling unmotivated, you may be in a "COVID funk."
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Many families have been stressed trying to balance virtual school with working from home. As they navigate the ongoing challenges of education in 2021, one thing that can help is practicing mindfulness.
It can be tough to get out of bed in the morning, especially during a global pandemic. One thing that may help you get motivated again is finding something to look forward to.
The holiday season is officially in full swing, and people are in desperate need of joy. If you find yourself with more time on your hands over the holidays, one thing that may make you happy and help you get into the holiday spirit is reading a good book.
KENNEWICK, WA - With so much fear and uncertainty in the world, a local author is trying to help by releasing a brand new children's book.
TRI-CITIES, WA - More than two-thirds of U.S. adults say the 2020 Election is a significant source of stress in their life, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association.
TRI-CITIES, WA - The "Good Health is Good Business" 6-Week Wellness Challenge is back at a time when many people need it most. For the 9th consecutive year, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is motivating the community to practice holistic wellness through a challenge that tracks phy…
TRI-CITIES, WA - With all that's happened in 2020, social media posts and comments have become more negative and divisive than ever before. While going online is a great way to stay connected, what you see could do you more harm than good.
If you have a lot on your plate right now and are feeling more stressed and anxious than normal, experts say it's important to prioritize your mental wellness.
When suicide became a part of their lives, the owners of Dunham Cellars wanted to get involved with bringing awareness to mental health somehow.
TRI-CITIES, WA - Navigating the ups and downs of the pandemic is a challenge for all of us, adults and children alike. While kids may or may not be struggling themselves, they'll likely notice if their parents are. Sharing your struggles with your kids can, in turn, teach them how to cope wi…
TRI-CITIES, WA - We are almost six months into this pandemic. When it's eventually all said and done, will you have wasted this time, or used it to do something positive?
When a local family lost their son to suicide, parents created a nonprofit called "Blessed by Kess." Their focus is to promote mental health awareness.
WALLA WALLA, WA - Staying connected is more important now than ever. With so many people feeling isolated, anxious, or stressed during the pandemic, it’s essential to reach out for help or offer it to others.
If you've been feeling more stressed or anxious lately, you are not alone.
Several community organizations are spreading hope and support for people struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges.
WALLA WALLA, WA - Starting the conversation about mental health is not an easy task, but talking about it is key to break down the barriers to suicide prevention. A men's mental health support group in Walla Walla called "Men In The Middle" encourages men to open up in hopes of coming together.
TRI-CITIES, WA - Change is inevitable at the start of the new school year, and all that uncertainty could take a toll on kids' mental health.
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