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Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.
Here is an update on when the Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness & Healing will be re-opening.
Affecting an estimated 40 million adults, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. While anxiety is highly treatable, only 39.6 percent of people who suffer from the disorder seek treatment. Even before the COVI19 pandemic, millions of people were struggling with anxiety, and we can only imagine how those people, and others, are faring.
On Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET, join Jennifer R. Farmer for a live recording of the United Methodist Women #FaithTalks podcast. In this session, we’ll not only discuss the disorder and hear from experts who’ll have resources to help. With the COVID-19 putting so many of us on edge, this session will be a help to anyone suffering from anxiety or seeking to help family members, friends of lay leaders who are suffering from the disorder. I’ll interview Hannah Kardon, whose Illinois congregation authored the United Methodist Women study on anxiety, psychologist Dr. Trudy Corry Rankin, who authored a United Methodist Women resource on anxiety and mental health in children and youth, and Kris Dam, who leads Shessler Hall, a National Mission Institute that serves women experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges.
Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.
Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely – even when you’re surrounded by people you love? I have. It’s painful and confusing. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician and the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, about loneliness and the physical and emotional toll that social disconnection takes on us. We talk about his new book, TOGETHER, and what it takes for each of us to tilt the world toward love and connection.
If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.
"We’re trying to adapt to an entirely new worldview while working, learning, teaching, partnering, parenting, and more, on top of each other, in the midst of a global crisis. We’re not tired; we’re burned out. We’re not “waiting for things to return to normal,” we’re obsessing about what “normal” will even be after this. And for that matter, when is “after” going to come?" This article examines our emotional landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.
Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.
None of us were prepared for a worldwide pandemic.
Our lives are different in many ways. Our workplace, whether inside or outside the home, has changed. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent loss of life may have invited you to pause, reflect, and look life in the eye. In doing so, perhaps you understand better who and what are important to you.
The answers in this reflection will probably reveal much to you regarding your heart and meaning in life, and those two things can certainly shine light on your principles for work and personal relationships. It would be interesting to reflect further on how your past experiences, especially related to your response to stress, helped form who you are. We are shaped by those experiences. You are encouraged to write about your reflections. Putting our words on paper helps to give them meaning.
If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.
These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.
Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.
Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.
Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.
When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?
Mental Health Colorado's response to COVID-19 includes helpful tips on maintaining mental health in the face of isolation, financial hardship, and illness.
Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.
University Park United Methodist Church and Evanston Center's response to coronavirus/COVID-19.
Weekly letter from Andy Dunning, Pastor of University Park United Methodist Church.
Our Dirt Work Lenten series continues this week with a focus on deep listening.
Here are some tips for dealing the the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
Our friend and colleague, Rev. Amanda Diamond is one of the pastors of East End United Methodist Church which was destroyed in the tornados last week. This post is about their open air communion service on March 8, 2020.
Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.
Weekly update on Lenten season and COVID-19
Did you know you can give back by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.
If you want your child to start on the right path, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.
If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.
You can give the most lovely Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.
Don’t let winter get you down. Resist seasonal affective disorder with five tips to stay positive during the coldest season.
Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. Because they can impact others, choose yours wisely with these helpful tips.
How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.
Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. Stand up to them and choose joy instead with five ways to overcome self-defeating thoughts.
It’s out with the old and in with the new, and we’re ready to say hello to bright beginnings in 2020.
A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.
While the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may be a little strange by today’s standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community. Check out this unique spin on 12 ways you can show you care this holiday season.
Making a new, healthy habit that sticks can be pretty difficult. If you want to begin a habit that you can actually stick with, check out these useful tips.
Singing with others has numerous health benefits for your body and mind. Here are a few ways to be healthier and happier with music in your life.
Mixed-breed dogs offer genuine companionship as well as several other benefits that could make them a perfect fit for your family.
With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can give back in ways that meet the unique needs of your community and are fulfilling to everyone you encounter.
On November 30, support your local businesses and discover hidden gems in your town.
Cooking up a homemade meal can be nourishing for the mind, body and soul. Read on to discover how cooking makes people happier and more connected.
November is a wonderful time to recognize your blessings and give thanks for them.
If you're looking for ideas to celebrate National Family Literacy Day, look no further. We've come up with a handy list your family will love.
For centuries, people have been preaching the benefits of meditation. Keep reading to learn about some of the best advantages you’ll receive from meditation.
What does University Park United Methodist Church have to offer to those dealing with substance use and substance abuse issues?
Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas.
This article is on increasing understanding of mental health issues and reducing stigma.
Stumped on creative inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of Halloween fundraising ideas for your favorite nonprofit.
There are plenty of ways you can support fair-trade producers and organizations. Here's a list to give you some inspiration on how to incorporate the fair-trade movement into your life.
Studies have found that volunteering can positively impact both your body and your mind. We're here to tell you all about the different ways doing good in your community can do some good for yourself.