Welcome to our health topic for May — mental health and wellness. Mental and emotional wellness are important parts of your overall health. Being good to your mind is just as important as being good to your body — and that means living a healthy lifestyle, paying attention to how you feel, and doing simple things to take care of the whole you.
The May challenge is “Be Positive”. The Be Positive challenge invites you to not complain for the next 31 days. For some, this may seem impossible. Your mind might be filled with complaints that seem completely valid to release. Don’t be discouraged. Tackle these thoughts one at a time and you will eventually conquer the habit. Until you do, when you slip, restate the complaint as a positive thought and call it progress! When we give out positive thoughts instead of complaints we find the world around us becomes a more pleasant, enjoyable place to live.
Here are simple things you can do to stay mentally and emotionally strong. You can find more resources by visiting kp.org/mentalhealthandwellness
Stick to a sleep schedule
Lack of sleep affects your mood, mental sharpness, and ability to handle stress. It’s also linked to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. To create a healthy routine, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day — even on weekends.
Move your body, lift your mood
Exercise can release tension, tame stress, and improve your sense of well-being.
Find your words
Speak up if you’re struggling. The people in your life are there for a reason, so be honest with your loved ones if you’re having a rough time. They can’t help unless they know you need their support.
Simple ways to be kind to your mind
Take a moment. Take a breath. Take time for self-care. Explore our broad range of self-care resources — including apps, audio activities, articles, and more — designed to help you thrive in mind, body, and spirit.
Small acts of self-care can have a big impact. These practices can help you wind down, find calm, and feel better. Here are some healthy steps you can take now to support your total health. Find out more at Wellness resources | Kaiser Permanente
Classes and support groups
Connecting with others who share similar experiences can be incredibly powerful. Our classes and support groups are taught by trained instructors, designed to help you strengthen relationships, change unhealthy behaviors, cope with stress, and more. Some classes may require a fee.
Healthy lifestyle programs
Get personalized advice, encouragement, and support to reach your health goals — entirely online at no cost to Kaiser Permanente members. In these programs, we’ll recommend some simple activities for your daily or weekly routine that can help you:
- Keep stress in check and sleep better
- Boost your mood
- Improve eating, exercise, and social habits affected by your mental health
Take an assessment and share the results with your doctor.
We offer self-assessments for:
Wellness coaching by phone
Making healthy lifestyle changes can have big mental health benefits. A wellness coach can help you get started, overcome obstacles, and achieve your goals — including reducing stress, quitting smoking, and more.
Support Your Total Health with Calm and myStrength
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. To support your total health, Kaiser Permanente members have access to Calm and myStrength apps. These wellness apps can help you navigate life’s challenges, and make small changes to improve your sleep, mood, relationships, and more. They’re not intended to replace treatment or advice, but they can help you build resilience, set goals, and take meaningful steps toward becoming a healthier, happier you. Access the apps or find other helpful resources by visiting kp.org/selfcareapps.
Calm — an app for meditation, mental resilience, and sleep
Calm is the #1 app for meditation and sleep — designed to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, and more. Kaiser Permanente members can access all the great features of Calm at no cost, including:
- The Daily Calm, exploring a fresh mindful theme each day
- More than 100 guided meditations
- Sleep Stories to soothe you into deeper and better sleep
- Video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching
myStrength — an app to improve your awareness and adapt to life
myStrength is a personalized program that helps you improve your awareness and change behaviors. Kaiser Permanente members can explore interactive activities, in-the-moment coping tools, community support, and more at no cost.
- Mindfulness and meditation activities
- Tailored programs for managing depression, stress, anxiety, and more
- Tools for setting goals and preferences, tracking current emotional states and ongoing life events, and viewing your progress
In good health,
Your HR Team