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A Month of Mental Health and Wellness

April 1: April Fool’s Day is supposed to be a day of pranks and fun. But for those with phobias or anxiety, it can make for a long day. Be kind—you don’t want to do anything that could potentially harm a relationship.

April 2: Did you know that having a sense of purpose can add years to your life? Learn more about finding your purpose.

April 3: It’s National Humor Month! Remember laughter can have a positive effect on brain activity and relieve stress.

April 4: Recharge Yourself and unplug from technology.

April 5: Play ball! America’s Pastime is back, so why not get tickets for a baseball game? You can soak up some sun (a natural source of vitamin D), and share some Cracker Jacks with friends and family!

April 6: It’s Spring, and there’s nothing like sunshine and fresh air to boost your mental health. Check out what your city or state events page offers. Get outside!

April 7: Today is World Health Day! If you haven’t had a wellness visit or physical this year, make an appointment with your PCP. Take care of your health!

April 8: Emotional Intelligence is your capacity to be aware of and control your emotions. Take the quiz and see how you score.

April 9: Learn more about working through and taking ownership of your emotions by watching these six powerful TED talks on Mental Health.

April 10: Boost your happiness at work! Check out Career Savvy’s “Happiness in the Workplace” infographic with tips, stats and advice.

April 11: Are you a parent looking for help raising mentally and emotionally strong kids? Watch these parenting videos from Greater Good Magazine.

April 12: No big plans for Friday night? Then indulge in “17 Self-Care Ideas for Anyone Staying Home.”

April 13: Exercise isn’t just good for your body—it’s also a great way to boost your mental health. Don’t be afraid to start slow.

April 14: Feeling blue because tomorrow’s Monday? Sign up for UPMC Health Plan’s free online program, “Beating the Blues.”

April 15: The Top 25 Best Mental Health Apps—a helpful alternative if you can’t afford therapy.

April 16: If you’re a millennial, “Matters of the Mind” was created by your peers to address mental health issues. Check it Out!

April 17: Don’t give into your fears if you feel lost. Try these “22 Productive Things To Do” and take satisfaction in small victories.

April 18: LoveIsRespect.com provides resources and information about healthy (and unhealthy) relationships.  

April 19: We all need to build resilience to stress. Berkley’s “Greater Good in Action” provides help for those looking to improve their social and emotional well-being.

April 20: Not everyone looks forward to family gatherings. Learn how handle difficult relatives and enjoy family time.

April 21: 15 productive things to do help relieve Sunday Night Anxiety and get the week off to a great start.

April 22: Office Ninja is a great site to help you get organized and decrease stress at home or in the office!

April 23: The “What’s Your Grief” website has many resources to help you or  family members, friends, or co-workers dealing with grief. You are not alone.

April 24: MindCology has a list of 46 songs that will help you “Calm, Relax and Relate.” Look at the list and add them to your music library.

April 25: The joys of crossing items off your to-do list (or, not crossing them off!)

April 26: Concerned that you (or someone you know) is drinking too much? Take this quiz to identify the warning signs and patterns of risk.  

April 27: Research shows that art enhances brain function and well-being. Get creative and learn how art can improve your health.

April 28: Everyone needs between seven and nine hours of uninterrupted sleep to function at their fullest. (NHLBI, 2005). Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep.

April 29: Once in a while you just need to go ahead and treat yourself! It can do wonders for your mental health!

April 30: I am thankful for all who said no to me. It’s because of them I did it myself.  ~ Albert Einstein