Take the time to take care of yourself. MSU Extension offers website resources for personal care.
Mental health awareness is more evident today than ever before. Michigan State University Extension has created a Virtual Calming Room website to encourage youth and adults to be more intentional when it comes to self-care to encourage positive mental health. The Virtual Calming Room has eight thematic areas to explore:
- Affirmations, motivations and laughter
- Breathing & Meditation
- Soothing applications
- Creativity and games
- Help and support resources
- Plan your own care
- Images and sounds
These resources will be updated quarterly, so check back often to see what new features are added.
the Affirmation Generator is a fun tool to use to focus your thoughts on positive self-talk. According to the Mayo Clinic article, “Laughter Stress Relief? This is no joke, ”laughter has short term benefits and long term effects. It stimulates many organs while improving your immune system. Positive thoughts can release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses. To laugh is a good medicine. the Motivation The section offers videos that can empower someone to make every day count. Life is short, so make the most of every moment.
the Breathing & Meditation The section offers videos to guide readers through Bubble Breathing and Dragon Breathing as well as MSU Extension’s Heads In, Hearts In, Mindful Dice Guide. In this activity, participants will roll a dice and practice a mindfulness activity that accompanies each number on the dice. They will learn six mindfulness activities that they can use when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Soon there will be Heads In, Hearts In videos of 4-H kids demonstrating the activities.
Creativity & Games are a fun tool for all ages. Playing in the sand has a new digital meaning. Mandala coloring or doodling is mentally calming for many. If readers have not experienced the art of silk weaving, this activity is definitely a must try. There is something for every taste. Games and activities have a “do nothing for 2 minutes” timer. It might seem like a simple task, but give it a try. This will make anyone realize that we rarely do anything during our waking hours. When someone needs to calm their mind, this activity can work for them. Journaling can help clear your mind, manage stress, and improve a person’s mood. Whether it’s once a day or once a week, 5 minutes or 30 minutes, journaling can be a boon! Using prompts as a way to express emotions, thoughts, feelings and open up a path of discovery can be very beneficial!
Movement includes yoga, mindful movement, and exercise. Readers choose a movement of their choice and reap the benefits of intentionally shifting to better sanity. MSU Extension offers videos created by our health and nutrition staff.
Images and sounds presents RyAnn, the watercolor illustration of Young 4-H, for visual functionality with every animal live camera button. Participants enjoy watching many animals like tigers, koalas or condors go through their day, which can relax you or give you a mental break. The music and sound tab includes nature, spa, library, sounds of rain and more, as well as visual relaxation, including the ocean landscape or Mandelbrot.
Plan your own care is unique for all individuals. When creating a plan for a person’s personal care, there are a variety of options to choose from. Participants can review the ideas and choose the four activities that interest them the most. It is important that they refer to their individualized self-care plan when they are feeling stressed or to help them relax while putting down roots.
Release Soothing applications are a great way to get access to something right on a phone. These applications will be at the user’s fingertips. Thus, whenever he feels the need to anchor himself, he will have direct access to means of refocusing.
There may be times when self-care simply does not work during times of extreme stress, trauma, or neglect. Help support Resources offers resources such as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, Crisis Text Line Text HOME at 741741, National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 and Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386. There are times when professionals need to be involved when times get overwhelming.
4-H grows successful youth through positive developmental relationships. If you want to learn more, visit the Michigan 4-H website. To learn more about youth development programs, contact D’Ann Rohrer at [email protected] or 231-845-3361, or our 4-H Leadership, Civic and Cultural Engagement team at 4H.LCCE.team @ msu.edu.
To learn more about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth leadership, citizenship, and global and cultural education and service programs, read our impact report: “Developing Civically Engaged Leaders”. Additional Impact Reports, highlighting even more ways in which MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H have positively impacted individuals and communities can be downloaded from the MSU Extension website.
Find other global educational opportunities on MSU Extension’s Global and Cultural Education website. For more information on 4-H learning opportunities and other 4-H programs, contact your local MSU Extension county office.
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