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  • Hi, Rita. The vagus nerve runs from the brainstem to the colon and is responsible for regulating emotions, thinking clearly, feeling safe in your body, and more. When you're stressed, this nerve's job is to get you back to a state of calm. You can support your vagus nerve through deep breathing, humming, cold exposure, gargling water, or doing yoga poses. These all get you to a state of calm faster. Try one next time you're feeling anxious.
  • Hi, Ryan. Many studies have shown that viewing art can reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Art acts as a social glue. When people engage in a shared admiration for a piece of art, that extends to shared appreciation for each other. The next time you're feeling lonely, try heading to a local art exhibit, museum, or art class. Look for art that resonates with you, and you may find people who resonate with you too.
  • Hi, Ruby. Trauma is stored in the body and nervous system, not just the mind. Because of the physical impacts on the body, you might try somatic exercises, which involve intentionally moving your body to release stored trauma. There are a wide variety of options you might explore, including dancing, stretching, gentle self-massage, and yoga. Giving attention to your body each day can help!
  • Hi, Esmeralda. People who struggle with thoughts of suicide may feel like a burden on others. When overwhelmed, your brain may try to encourage you not to connect with people, but it is connecting that will save your life. Talking with a friend, family member, counselor, or crisis volunteer can reduce the escalation of your thoughts of suicide and may prevent you from taking action. Connectedness is the medicine for hopelessness and psychological pain.
  • Hi, Lana. Grief is a full-body experience. You may have physical symptoms such as pain, exhaustion, nausea, and sleeplessness. You might also feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, relief, and loneliness. Ruminating thoughts and trouble focusing are also common in grief. As uncomfortable as it may be, do your best to be patient with yourself throughout this process. Taking deep breaths can help during intense moments.