#Thursday Thoughts

February 3, 2022

15 minute full workout with Rujuta Diwekar

A 15 min daily workout

Steps Family Members and Caregivers Can Take to support Mental Health

1. Be the best role model you can be for young people by taking care of your own mental &

physical health.

2. Help children and youth develop strong, safe, and stable relationships with you and other

supportive adults.

3. Encourage children and youth to build healthy social relationships with peers.

4. Do your best to provide children & youth with a supportive, stable, and predictable home

and neighborhood environment.

5. Try to minimize negative influences and behaviors in young people's lives.

6. Ensure children and youth have regular check-ups with a pediatrician, family doctor, or

other health care professional.

7. Look out for warning signs of distress, and seek help when needed.

8. Minimize children's access to means of self-harm, including firearms and prescriptions.

9. Be attentive to how children & youth spend time online.

10. Be a voice for mental health in your community.

Pandemic & Mental Health- Warning Signs to Look For

Dr. David Anderson from the Child Mind Institute shares warning signs of children who may be experiencing mental health crises amid the pandemic and what parents should look for.


Kelsey Gaier from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care will conduct a zoom meeting on "Understanding and Supporting Depression, Anxiety, and Behavioral Responses in Children." The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9th, 6:00P.M - 7:00 P.M.
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Wednesday, February 9th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

How to Identify your Negative Emotions

We need to pay attention to our negative feelings - since they are telling us important things which we should address if we are to be happier in 2022. But often we just can't tell different emotions apart or have the proper words to describe what we are feeling.

Social worker and author Brené Brown joins Dr. Laurie Santos to explain how we can more fully explore distinct feelings such as envy and jealousy - so we can tell them apart and work out how to change our lives so we feel them less frequently and less painfully.

Creative Ideas to Cultivate Happiness

NPR's readers share how they've used their time in the pandemic to explore new ways of bringing meaning and pleasure into their lives — and advice for how you can too.

FOR FUN - February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day

Check out some easy soup recipes here.

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Friendlier February

We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be good friends. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realize - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen, and show compassion. Click here for this month's calendar
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Let's Take Action To Be Happier and Kinder, Together