Spring brings warmer weather and opportunities to soak up some sunshine. Yet, May is a busy month for those of us in the education field. So while you’re heading outside to celebrate Bike Month, also make sure you’re taking care of your mental health. May is also Mental Health Awareness month. Below are a few examples of healthy habits, in addition to biking, that can boost your mental health.
- Sleep: Sleep recharges the mind and body. Lack of sleep can raise cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and heighten a person’s fight or flight response. Sleep allows new neural pathways to form and may contribute to resilience.
- Nutrition: Food is not only fuel. It also impacts which hormones the body produces. Eating certain foods helps boost serotonin levels, which can improve mood.
- Exercise: Studies show regular exercise can help relieve stress and improve mood. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.
Nurturing the body through self-care can provide more energy for other activities that boost mental health, but for some that is not enough. If you want more information or need help, please contact our Employee Assistance Program for help.
Wellness Incentive: Cycle 2 begins
Cycle 2 of the Wellness Incentive has started and will end on Sept. 30, 2019. If you have issues logging into your Cerner portal, please call them at 888-252-8150.
Class: Tai Chi for Health
12:10pm to 1:00pm. Mondays, May 6 – July 29, 2019 (no class on May 27)
Room 306, Grant Hall, Volker Campus
Recipe of the Month
Spring Vegan Pasta E Fagioli
As always, if you have any questions about Wellness at UMKC, please contact the HR Service Center at 816-235-1621.