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In the book Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser writes that there is an “unbelievable amount of vitality in a broken heart.” 
That may offer little solace as we reel from the heartbreaking killing of 19 young children and two teachers in a Texas elementary school this week. And the racist attack that took the lives of 10 grocery shoppers in Buffalo, New York, the week before. And … And … And … the too many tragedies in recent years to count. 
But there is perhaps a glimmer of hope in the fact that we have not gone numb. It means that we are alive to caring for others — and that the “unbelievable amount of vitality” in our heartbreak can inspire us to action. 
At the same time, in times like these, we must prioritize our mental health. That’s why, at the close of what happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to offer some of our favorite, actionable tips for how to boost your well-being. They come from real-life experience, research, and even ancient wisdom traditions.
May something here be useful to you. And may we all remember: What ultimately matters, as Lesser writes, is “the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.” 

Lisa B. 

Nora McInerny3 Tips from the Trenches to Help You Move Forward
1. Do not try to fake it till you make it. It doesn’t work! 

2. Be emotionally honest about your experience. It will help you move forward.

3. Take responsibility for telling people what you need.
Read more from Nora McInerny, author, podcaster, and TED talk speaker who learned how to move forward after surviving the loss of her baby, father, and husband in months.
Michelle Gielan3 Research-Backed Ways to Develop a Positive Mindset (and Reap the Rewards)
1. Embrace the power lead — that is, start meetings and conversations by sharing something positive and meaningful. 
2. Fact-check the story you’re telling about things stressing you out. It will calm your brain down! 
3. Write notes of gratitude to seven people over the next seven days. And do it first thing — before reading anyone else’s emails that ask something of you. 
Read more from Michelle Gielan, best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change; executive producer of The Happiness Advantage on PBS, and former anchor of The CBS Morning News.
Jay Shetty3 Ways Thinking Like a Monk Can Help You Navigate Stress
1. Do one thing at a time. Ninety-eight percent of the population can’t multitask. 

2. Instead of doing more, try to let go. Do less. Declutter! 

3. Focus on managing your emotions. Stress is a mental state you can alter. 
Read more from Jay Shetty, British-born, #1 New York Times best-selling author, award-winning storyteller and podcast host, and former monk.
Also, check out our latest podcast episode featuring Jenn Lim, "Pursuing Happiness in the New Abnormal."

A Special P.S.
The Conferences for Women is teaming up with Georgetown University professor (and top-rated Conference speaker!) Christine Porath to ask about your experiences of community, belonging, and mental health in the workplace. We invite you to please take a few minutes to answer the survey. We’ll share the results next month!
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