We regularly hear about the benefits of good physical fitness, but rarely are reminded how important it is to maintain good mental fitness. Mental fitness means keeping your emotional health and brain in good shape. It’s good for us to keep our brain active and exercised, but it is just as important to allow time for rest and relaxation. Actively managing stress and building resiliency are also great methods for maintaining or improving mental fitness.
Brain Exercise Resources
Working adults generally have daily opportunities to exercise their brain through the work they do. Although change can often bring about resistance, it is actually a great brain exercise to learn new processes or tasks. Doing puzzles, playing memory word and video games, learning new skills, and reading are all great ways to keep your brain exercised.
Stress Management and Resiliency Resources
Creating and following an intentional stress management plan is a great method for keeping your emotional health strong and positive.Often we think we do not have time to manage stress, but it does not take much time to manage stress effectively if you have a plan in place.The StressStop Management Tool is a comprehensive online resource you can use to assess your stress and develop a personalized plan. Other resources include:
- Mindfulness Coach-Mobile App
Practicing mindfulness means grounding yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness Coach will help you practice mindfulness meditation.
State Employees may also contact the Employee Service Program to work with an ESP Counselor in developing a personalized stress management plan.