Talk to just about anyone and you will hear of their scars from the COVID-19 health scare of 2020. The impacts are wide-ranging and extend into the domain of suicide risk and prevention. Past epidemics of the last century have raised concern about increasing suicide rates (Wasserman, 1992) but there is hope to save a life, and we all have a part to play!
Building resilience can help improve your life and happiness as well as reduce and prevent substance use in youth and adults (Cohn et al., 2007; Griffin & Botvin, 2010; Rudzinski et al., 2017; Tebes et al., 2007). With all the research support for resilience, it is important to know what it is, how to strengthen it, and start practicing today! In this article we define resilience, review examples of resilience, discuss 5 ways you can build resilience, and provide information on how building resilience can prevent substance use.
Most of us are fascinated by the idea of a ‘Fountain of Youth’ and being young forever. Being young is often connected with happiness, better health, and fewer aches and pains. What if living a longer, healthier life was realistic and did not involve the myth of a magical water source? Well, it is. There are certain behaviors, protective lifestyle factors, you can do to live a longer, healthier life. By doing at least four of the protective lifestyle factors, these behaviors can reduce early onset of death from all-causes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other causes by 66%. Let’s reveal the factors necessary to living a longer, healthier life.
While most of us are familiar with self-care activities like eating healthy foods, exercising or managing stress, an often overlooked form of self-care is social connection.
Studies show that adults need an average of 8 hours of sleep per night and teens need 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, as insomnia is on the rise a host of side complications are increasing in frequency such as depression, anxiety, weight gain, irritability, difficulty focusing, and decreased productivity.
Utah State University Extension’s Mental Health team provides resources and education with the purpose of engaging and educating community members to promote mental health. We provide person-to-person support backed by research-based programs. For more information or to host a course, give us a call.
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