Happiness Chemicals and how to hack them: make time for joy over the break

happiness chemicals

The winter break is hopefully a time we can all rest and revitalize ourselves before the winter term begins. I hope everyone makes some intentional time over the break to find activities big or small that bring them joy, peace and rest and relaxation. See the above graphic for some ideas of activities that kick start some of our natural "feel good" hormone: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphin.

Remember, if you need support over the break, UCC may be closed, but support is available in the community. National and Local 24/7 virtual and phone supports that allow connection to a trained counselor for emotional support 365 days a year:

  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters (incidents of violence, COVID 19, wildfires, etc.). Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a trained crisis counselor. This line is available in 100 languages
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with counselors at the Crisis Text Line
  • Lines for Life: 1-800-923-HELP (4357) is now available for both COVID-19 and for those who have been impacted by the fires, as well as general emotional support
  • Compass Behavioral Health 24/7 Crisis Line provides connection to local therapists 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 800-866-9780

Remember, many local community mental health agencies offer ongoing support to members of the community. Counseling is available for UCC employees through the EAP as well, whose number is 866-750-1327 Contact EAP for information about emotional support resources.


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