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Staying Happy and Healthy During Difficult Times

Recently, the JAWPA team was able to connect with licensed phychologist Dr. Mary Berge on how we can navigate working virtually during the ongoing pandemic. It’s no secret that this is an unprecedented time for businesses, students, parents, and employees.  One way we can control our lives right now is by taking care of our mental and physical health. Having easy suggestions and helpful tips that can be incorporated into your daily routine can have a significant impact!

Did you know you can physically fake a smile and your brain will release dopamine, which is known as the “happy” hormone? Your brain doesn’t know the difference when you’re faking a smile or not, so you’ll still see the benefits even if it’s not natural. Other ideas include breaking up your day by working for 90 minutes and then taking a 10-minute break outdoors. Physically walking away from your workspace helps to shut the mind off temporarily. When you return, you’re able to work more productively throughout the day with consistent breaks.

Check out our infographic for more suggestions to add to your daily routine! It’s important to take care of yourself, so you can set yourself up for success as we continue through remote work. What healthy tips have you added to your routine for a better workday?
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