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Elevating Your Psychological Resiliency

Psychological resilience refers to the ability to mentally withstand or adapt to uncertainty and adversity. Building resilience to life’s inevitable changes and challenges can help you cope with an manage stressors. Resilience can also help protect you from various mental health symptoms. As the pandemic rolls into year 3, health care professionals are noticing stress and anxiety developing into greater mental health concerns. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed annually in May, is a great time to check in on your feelings and thoughts.

Resilience isn’t developed overnight; it’s built over time and shaped by personal experiences. Just like building muscle, elevating your psychological resilience requires time and commitment. Consider the following strategies:

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle. For a holistic approach to maintaining your physical wellness, you should prioritize sleep, eat health, stay hydrated and regularly be physically active.
  • Practice self-care. Get into the habit of taking care of yourself and doing activities that make you happy. It’s important to prioritize yourself now more than ever.
  • Maintain an optimistic outlook. It can be beneficial to adjust your thought process and reframe any negative thoughts. Own your negative thoughts; when you say them out loud, they can lose their power.
  • Review your employee benefits. Your employer may offer mental well-being support and resources, so check what’s available in your plan.

Make your psychological resilience a priority this month. If you do anything, focus on doing at least one think every day for yourself that supports your overall well-being.

If you have any concerns, reach out to a health care professional or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).


Protect Your Vision

If your eyes feel healthy, it’s easy to assume they are healthy. However, many eye diseases don’t have warning signs. Additionally, your risk for some eye diseases increases with age. Fortunately, early detection and timely treatment can be successful and cost-effective in the long run.

Here are practical ways you can protect your vision:

  • Get a regular exam. Complete eye exams consist of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases.
  • Wear protective eyewear. When playing sports or doing a task that requires eyewear, wear glasses or goggles to prevent an eye injury.
  • Put your shades on. Wearing sunglasses shields your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t forget to put them on when you’re outside!
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking can contribute to irreversible eye diseases so quit or refrain from smoking to protect your eye health.
  • Give your eyes a break. Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause painful eye strain. Try giving yourself a short break from looking at the screen whenever possible, or consider blue light-blocking glasses.

If you have concerns about your vision, talk to an eye care professional.


10 Foods to Boost Eye Health

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Eggs
  • Lean meat and poultry
  • Red bell peppers
  • Salmon
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sunflower seeds

Spring Clean Your Routine

Spring isn’t just for cleaning out your closet. It’s also a great time to refresh your mind and body. It’s important to check in on yourself regularly; a routine refresh can help you avoid illness, reduce stress and feel in control. Consider the following ways to freshen up your daily routine this spring:

  • Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables into your snacks and meals. Seasonal produce can offer you a nutritional boost.
  • Declutter your home. No clothing, equipment or other belongings are off-limits, so get rid of items you don’t use anymore.
  • Move your workout outdoors as the days get warmer and longer. Outdoor exercise can benefit both your physical and mental health.

Rainbow Bell Pepper Boats With Garbanzo Beans and Kale

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 4 medium bell peppers (red, yellow and orange)
  • 2 cups kale (chopped)
  • 15-ounce can of unsalted garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. group black pepper

Preparations

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Slice the bell peppers in half vertically and remove the seeds.
  • Reserve about half of the garbanzo beans. Mash the remaining portion.
  • Mix the rice with kale, garbanzo beans (mashed and whole), nuts, salt and black pepper.
  • Fill the peppers with the mix. Place them in a baking dish and cover.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and bake for an additional five minutes.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Total calories: 330
  • Total fat: 11 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Sodium: N/A
  • Carbohydrate: 48 g
  • Dietary fiber: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Total sugars: 6 g

Source: MyPlate