Finding your tribe is an essential element of well-being. There are many ways to do it- work and school connections, online, volunteering for causes you believe in, faith-based communities, etc. The important thing is that you connect with others regularly.
Meetup.com Meetup has groups for all kinds of purposes with both online interaction and in person meetings- for every topic under the sun.
Volunteermatch.org If you want to contribute to others, this is a great starting place. You create your own profile, stating when, where, your skills and projects you are interested in- and you are matched with organizations in need of volunteers right now.
211 For information about health and social services, the place to begin is online or dialing 211 for the Washington information network: basic needs, tax and legal help, transportation, employment services, etc.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, help is available now.
In Snohomish County:
Volunteers of America 24 hour crisis line:
If you live outside of Snohomish County, click on the map below to find your local crisis clinic:
Health apps just keep getting better and better. Here are a few of our favorites:
Headspace (mindfulness practice)
Calm (mindfulness practice)
Insight Timer (mindfulness practice)
My Fitness Pal (food diary and exercise tracker)
Fitbit (food diary, sleep and exercise tracker)
https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter This is the questionnaire center of the Penn State home of Dr. Martin Seligman, a leader in the area of Positive Psychology. You can create an account to take the questionnaires- which provides helpful information about identifying your strengths, values, relationship style, and life satisfaction, among others. What I love about these self-report tests is the ability to increase self-knowledge with an emphasis on strengths to help you deal with the challenges you face in your life. I lot of times I meet people who can't say what is good about themselves or their life in that moment. This website can help you do that.
The search for Information and connection is built into our nervous system. There is always so much more to learn. Here are some recommendations for apps, websites, books, and support groups to help you along in your quest. Scroll and scan away and come back often as the content will continue to grow. We hope you find it useful.
The challenge for this section will be to stay within the limits of the pages. Here are the books I recommend most frequently to my clients:
Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson