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Creating art helped Julia Kito Kirtley during her breast cancer treatments. In this video Julia will share the importance of art and how it can be used as a tool of healing for many. 

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The Healing Power of Music

Music has the incredible power to promote healing, bring about a sense of peace, and lower blood pressure. In this post you will learn how music can help patients cope, de-stress, and heal. 

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Native American medicine uses ancient knowledge to improve health and well-being. Check out how Doctor Melissa Lewis keeps alive generations old traditional  practices that are helpful in maintaining health. 

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Yoga is a great way to start your day, improve your mental health, and make you feel relaxed.  Check out this video to learn a 10 minute yoga for beginners.

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Many of us find ourselves struggling with mental health, sometimes we just need to cope or express those emotions through art. Creating art can be an incredibly healing coping technique. Check out this link on how to draw your own Tree of Strength.

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Did you know that learning a new language can actually help in fighting depression? Have a look at this article to learn more about the Health benefits of learning a language!

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Buckwheat - Health benefits, calories, composition. why is Buckwheat Special?

Buckwheat is considered a superfood by many because of its numerous health benefits. Learn more in this video!

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MAKE SELF-CARE COPING CARDS!

Self-care coping cards can be a great way to create art, express emotions and remind oneself of the importance of mental health. Check out this page to learn how to make your own self-care coping cards.

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9 Reasons Dancing Is Good for Your Health

Did you know that dancing has some health benefits too? Check out this link to learn the 9 reasons dancing is good for your health.

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8 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Health

Mental health is something we should all give attention to. Check out this video to learn the 8 things you can do to improve your mental health.

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6 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic

Are you a garlic fan? If so check out this video to learn the health benefits of garlic.

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10 Ways That Singing Benefits Your Health

Have you ever found yourself humming a little tune, or singing parts of your favorite song? Well, guess what? Research has shown that singing is good for our minds and bodies!

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Art Activities for Stress Relief

You don’t have to be a world class artist to enjoy the stress relieving qualities art brings. Check out this article to learn new stress relief art tools!

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The Ancient Japanese Art of Purification: KIYOMERU

In Japan, the art of purification and cleanliness is valued as an essential daily practice. In this video you will learn about Kiyomeru or the Japanese art of purification. 

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Drawing Exercise for Anxiety

Drawing has the power to lower our blood pressure and reduce anxiety. In this video you will learn how drawing can improve our mental health and remove anxiety. Check it out!

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The Amazing Benefits of Berberine

Berberine is an incredible medicinal compound found in many plants. Research has shown that it even has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties! Have a look at this video to learn more about its health benefits.

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The Asian "Secrets" to Healthy Eating

Food is the key to long life! Check out this video to learn about Asian healthy eating habits.

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The healing power of music

Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties.

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Pine Needle Tea Benefits - Full of Vitamin C & Immune System Boosting

In this video you will learn the facts about the health benefits of pine needle tea.

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The Benefits of Ginseng

Ginseng is a medicinal plant that has been used in China since ancient times. Because of its medicinal properties it can help in vitality and also help with heart health! Check out this video to learn about the ancient and Amazing Ginseng!

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7 Science-Based Benefits of Yoga That You Should Know

Yoga is a very healthy practice that improves the bodies muscles, as well as relaxes the mind. In this video you will learn the 7 sciences based benefits of yoga that everyone should know.

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The Amazing Properties of Wormwood

Wormwood is a natural herb that has been used for over 2000 years in China for its healing properties. Wormwood has also been shown to help with many illnesses including cancer! Check out this video to learn more.

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Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Ginger

Ginger is medicinal plant used often in Asian cooking. Check out this video to learn the top 10 amazing health benefits of incorporating ginger in your diet!

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Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Taichi is a soft exercise that allows the body to heal, improve strength and helps in relaxation. Have a look at this video on the health benefits of Taichi. 

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Acupuncture For Anxiety

In this video, Dr Corey Emberland at the the Bloomington Wellness center of Minnesota will talk about the health benefits of acupuncture. 

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The Top 10 Benefits of Meditation

If you experience anxiety, or stress, or even depression, meditation is a powerful tool in relaxing the mind and body. Check out this video to learn about the 10 most common benefits of meditation. May your day be peaceful! 

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Disability Pride Month

Your disability isn’t a weakness! Celebrate Disability Pride Month by making your voice heard. Disability Pride Month brings love and empowerment to those who are disabled.

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8 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Health

Supporting our mental health and mental wellness is crucial for living a quality and healthy life. It’s important to listen to your mental health and seek help when you’re feeling down. Take note of these 8 things to improve your mental health.

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Virtual Reality Hot Air Balloon

Click on this Hallmark video and watch through Youtube. (Turn down your volume- it beeps loudly at first.) Listen to the music quietly while you virtually soar through the air.  Use the arrows in the top left corner to look up/down or left/right.

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Calm Sounds, Music and More!

Visit this web page for calm sounds, music, meditations, and stories. If you don’t want to log in, just click on the word “skip” in the upper right-hand corner. This is also available as a free app for your phone. 

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Visit the “Isle of Calm” to stream 6 hours of free music.  You’ll find classical, folk, jazz, ambient, pop, blues, soul, hip-hop, indie-rock and more! Or… make your own playlist of songs that help you feel calm.

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Online Art

Coloring is a great way to calm and distract yourself.  Empty your mind of worries as you focus on your picture.

Don’t have any coloring books or markers at home? That’s ok! You can color and do art activities online. 

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Play a Game

Play a creative game that distracts your brain. This one is a quick drawing game that works great on a phone or touchscreen tablet. But, you can also use your mouse pad.

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Stay Connected

Stay connected to your support network of friends and family.  Send a free ecard, mail a letter, text/call, or video chat. Make someone smile with a thank you note or silly message. It will make you feel good too.

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Daily Motivation & Habit Tracker

Daily routines can help us feel better. Try this gentle coaching tool to help you build routines to become your best self. Free App

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Play an Instrument

Distract yourself by playing the virtual piano. Play faster or slower depending on your mood. 

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Journal or Diary

Customize a FREE online journal. There are lots to try: food diary, health diary, dream journal, reflective journal, prayer journal and more!

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Scents & Emotions

Think about how a lemon smells…or cookies just out of the oven or freshly mowed grass. How does it make you feel? Certain scents can help us feel calm or happy. Give it a try with some items that you have at home!

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Fidgets

Fidgets are another great way to calm down, relax, or distract yourself from stress. Turn down your volume and then try this virtual fidget spinner. The more you spin, you can unlock new fidget spinners. 

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The Joy of Bubble Wrap

Popping bubble wrap can be a soothing distraction. Don’t have any at home?  That’s ok. Try this virtual bubble wrap.

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Pinwheel

Blowing bubbles or blowing on a pinwheel can help us to slow down our breathing and our heart rate so that our bodies feel more calm. Download this FREE app for a virtual pinwheel. Then, blow on your cellphone and watch it spin!

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The Guardians

Play a game to fight depression and improve wellbeing.  Every day you can earn new pets and rewards by doing any activity that’s meaningful to you.

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Rocking

Rocking can improve mood, reduce pain, relieve stress, and help with sleep. A rocking chair is the best… but you can also try rocking yourself in a seated position or while lying on your side. 

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Try Hot or Cold

Try both of these to see what works best for you. (You might be surprised.) Some people like to use a heat pack or warm bath/shower. Other people might like to splash cool water on their face or hold an ice pack or cold bag of peas to the back of the neck. 

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Get a Change of Scenery

When you need to calm down or if you are feeling stuck… try changing your scenery. Go to a different room, change the lighting, add music, open a window etc. If possible, you might even go for a drive or visit a friend/family member. 

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Draw Your Emotions

Let your imagination and emotions go free with this online sketchpad. Try this virtual sketchpad I like sketchy, crayon, and spraypaint 🙂

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Panoramic Vision

Use your eyes to turn off your stress response. TRY THIS: Look at a large area of your room or look outside. Relax your eyes to see above, below, and to the sides of you– but keep your head still. This will tell your brain to let go of your body’s hyper-vigilance and arousal to help you feel calm. Learn more about how to use your eyes to help your mental health.

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Indoor Plants & Gardens

Indoor plants have been shown to help our moods. This Pothos plant is inexpensive, and it can survive under or over watering. It can even live in the dark! No Pothos plant? That’s ok! You can also grow plants from vegetable scraps!

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Shadow's Edge Game

Become a graffiti creator, express your thoughts in your personal self-care journal and play this game to find stress relief!  Try this free app for resilience, selfcare and anti-stress.

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Practice a New Skill

Our brains are not good at doing two things at the same time. So if you want to change how you are feeling, give your brain something else to think about! Visit this webiste of Extreme Indoor Activities to distract yourself and learn a new skill. 

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Go For a Walk

Going for a walk is a great way to feel better. A mindful walk helps you to concentrate on what you see, hear and feel. Going for a walk can also help us reset the alarm/stress system in our bodies. Learn more here

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Coping Ideas

Click on this Coping Calendar for ideas that help us keep calm, stay wise, and be kind. 

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Grit X Sketchbook

Use this virtual sketchbook to create a dream board, safe space, gratitude page, life maze and more!

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Fluid Sand Tray

Use your mouse or finger to SLOWLY trace designs in the fluid sand tray. 

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Online Puzzle

Putting together a puzzle can be a soothing distraction. When you put 2 puzzle pieces together, the sound is oddly satisfying. 

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Gratitude

Science tells us that when we spend time thinking about the things we are thankful for, we re-wire our brains to be happier and more positive. Try a gratitude app, a journal or gratitude jar and see what happens in your life… 

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Your Future Self

We know ourselves better than anyone else does. But strong feelings can make us forget what works and what doesn’t. Take time to write a letter to yourself so you can read it one day when you are feeling overwhelmed. 

Choose from any one of the practices above to calm yourself down this week.

At the end of the week, ask yourself if they were helpful. If they were- keep using them!  If they weren’t, make a different selection and try again.  Eventually you will find tools that work just right for you. 

Looking for More Help?

If you are looking for local resources, try Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative’s Community Bulletin Board

If you are struggling with mental health or if you are stressed out with life… please call 651-266-7878 to talk to someone at Ramsey County Crisis Response. They are open all the time- day and night.  And they can visit with you in person if needed.