If you’re looking for a work distraction or have a few minutes, instead of getting lost in social media or reading fake news, try some of these:
1. Greater Good in Action: Science-Based Practices for a Meaningful Life
Here you’ll find fast, inexpensive activities you can try in order to build traits like empathy, mindfulness, optimism, and self-compassion. As the title suggests, the methods are research-based. This website is the product of collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and HopeLab.
2. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD Mindfulness Video Links
This is a collection of links to some of the many great online videos of Dr. Kabat-Zinn. He is a leader of mindfulness practice, as well as mindfulness. Earning a PhD in molecular biology from MIT in 1971, he has a science/research undercurrent to his work. His combination of knowledge and humor make mindfulness accessible, and I love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
3. How Sleep and Mental Health Are Linked in the Brain
Dr. Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, writes about his sleep research, drawing strong parallels between sleep and mental health. He also has a 20-minute TED Talk, Why Do We Sleep?, which includes tips to improve your sleeping. There’s a 9-minute version of the same TED Talk linked in his other article, Why Sleep Could Be the Key to Tackling Mental Illness.
With a focus on business, the Resiliency Center has a tool for testing your own resiliency, guidelines for building resiliency, and many articles and newsletters full of information.
5. Physical Activity Basics
This webpage, part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, lists videos of
physical activities to do at home or at the gym, with links on the left for more information.
We often think about our mental health as separate from our physical health, but they are so connected. Everything we experience – whether it’s a movement, physical sensation, thought, or feeling - is the result of chemical reactions in our brains. It’s definitive: physical activity has been proven to improve mental health. When people claim to hate exercising or physical activity, generally they haven’t found activities that are a good fit for their body type, fitness level, and general preferences.