Since accidentally becoming a mental health speaker in the fall of 2016, Nara has been working on a new, more fleshed-out talk about mental health in tech titled "Empathy As A Service: Supporting Mental Health in the Tech Workplace". She'll be debuting this talk at Self.conference 2017 in Detroit, MI on May 19-20. If you're planning to attend Self.conference, let us know! Nara would love to meet up with you and talk all things OSMI.
Many of the other speakers are longtime supporters as well. If you're attending Midwest PHP, be sure to look for our booth, where we'll be available to talk all things OSMI.
A couple of months ago, we announced that OSMI is an approved charity on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of every eligible sale to a non-profit organization of your choice. There is no extra cost to you!
Today only (March 16, 2017), Amazon is holding a special promotion where instead of donating 0.5% of all sales, they'll donate 5% instead! So now is a great time to make that Amazon purchase you've been putting off. Buy what you need (or just want 😉) and help out OSMI in the process. Just remember to shop Amazon from our AmazonSmile link!
In this excellent article on the Harvard Health Blog, Dr. Eva Selhub discusses the burgeoning field of nutritional psychiatry, where new studies are constantly finding links between diet and mental wellness. She encourages her patients to try the following technique:
Start paying attention to how eating different foods makes you feel — not just in the moment, but the next day. Try eating a “clean” diet for two to three weeks — that means cutting out all processed foods and sugar. Add fermented foods like kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, or kombucha. You also might want to try going dairy-free — and some people even feel that they feel better when their diets are grain-free. See how you feel. Then slowly introduce foods back into your diet, one by one, and see how you feel.
Have you made any changes to your diet to support your self-care strategy? What did you try? How well did it work for you?