Hopebeat Weekly: September 5, 2023

Do you need to take time off?

September 10th is the World Suicide Prevention day and we encourage everyone to participate on its theme, to create Hope through action. 

In this issue of Hopebeat Weekly, we’re diving into a vital Stress Skill that not only aids our mental well-being but aligns perfectly with this important theme. 

Activate hope in your life with this Stress Skill: Take time off

Life’s constant hustle can leave us drained, stressed, and distant from our own well-being. That’s why one of the most powerful Stress Skills in the SHINE Hope framework is all about taking time off for health. I’m doing that this week by heading up North and spending time with my mom and brother in upper Michigan, immersed in nature.

In this fast-paced world, the idea of stepping back might seem counterintuitive, but it’s an essential component of building resilience and maintaining a healthy and hopeful mindset. And when I start getting extra stressed, I know it is an absolute necessity.


Action Steps to Embrace this Stress Skill:

  1. Plan Ahead: Schedule regular breaks to ensure you’re consistently taking time for yourself.
  2. Unplug: Disconnect from digital devices to truly unwind and engage in activities that bring you joy.
  3. Engage: Spend quality time with loved ones, pursue hobbies, or simply do nothing—whatever nourishes your soul.
  4. Reflect: Take time to assess your goals, priorities, and overall well-being. Are you on track? Do you need to adjust?
  5. Revise: Do you need to clean your plate? Is it time to simplify your life? Do you need to regoal or redirect your energy? 

Last week, hiking in NW Arkansas, I saw this sign. It sent me into a fit of laughter, one of my favorite Happiness Habits. After an incredibly stressful week where I had to make many hard decisions and had a lot of important meetings, it helped me reset and reframe. Life is all about managing moments of hopelessness through the SHINE framework.


This September, as we stand together in raising awareness for suicide prevention, let’s also champion the importance of self-care. By integrating Stress Skills like taking time off from our routines, we’re not only promoting our own well-being but collectively cultivating a world of hope, strength, and resilience.

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Keep Shining Hope,



P.S. Remember, taking time off is a practice, not a luxury. By prioritizing your well-being, you’re actively contributing to a brighter future for yourself and those around you. Discover more about the SHINE Hope framework, our mission to activate hope, and how you can activate Hope in your life by taking our Hopeful Mindsets Overview Course. Learn more at www.theshinehopecompany.com.


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