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How to Cope With the “Start-of-Workday” Blues

When you shift your perspective, you can begin the day on a positive note. By Bryan Robinson, Ph.D., Psychotherapist in Private Practice and Author of 40 books. Raise your hand if you sometimes get up on the wrong side of the bed and dread the entire workday ahead of you. I thought so. Even if you’re working […]

It’s Apple Season

Did you know?  Scientists have identified about 7,500 different kinds of apples around the world.  An apple is more than 80 percent water. They also contain a lot of air. That’s why fresh apples float.  Storage  When you get your apples home, sort and handle carefully, as they bruise easily. Keep apples refrigerated. Serve them […]

It’s All in Your Head (in a Good Way): How Your Outdoor Travels Benefit Mental Health

By  Claire Van den Heever It’s no secret that spending time outdoors can positively impact your mental health. Here we take a closer look at some of the preeminent research on the benefits of spending time outdoors and offer some tips for incorporating nature into your life: at home, at work and on your next trip. […]

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10 Small Ways to Become a Better Listener

Being active listeners can help boost our empathy and deepen our connections. Being empathetic and active listeners can help us be better friends, colleagues, and family members. And just like any other skill, our listening can be improved over time. Whether that means asking more questions, interrupting less often, or making an effort to keep eye contact, […]

3 Ways to Have Mindful Moments – Anytime, Anywhere

 1) Take Three Full Breaths First breath: Bring your full attention to breathing. Second breath: Relax the body. Drop your shoulders. Third breath: Ask yourself: What’s important right now?  Body Response: The breath is the life force and without it, our organs and bodily system could not survive. It’s so simple, yet intentional breathing supports a […]

Elevate: Mental Well-Being course for VCU faculty and staff

All full-time VCU faculty and staff are able to access a free, online course provided through a partnership between VCU and Everfi. This course provides the knowledge and tools to strengthen mental well-being, practice self-care and self-efficacy, and develop confidence to know when and how to seek help for yourself and others. To access the course, […]

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