Words of Wellness
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can empower people with mental, substance use and trauma related
challenges to live a healthy and rewarding life.
A wellness lifestyle is balanced and includes cultivating healthy habits and decreasing unhealthy habits and behaviors. Healthy habits include getting enough sleep and rest, eating
nourishing foods, being physically active, participating in some meaningful productive activity, setting aside brief moments to pause and breathe and being with others in mutually supportive ways.
The pandemic has drawn our attention to social wellness for young and old. Disconnection and loneliness became so rampant for so many. We have been inspired by how creative people have become in reaching out to others. One thing we have learned is how important social connections can be for our health. This is true for heart health too.
Many people find winter to be a challenging time: the days get shorter, less sunlight, the weather gets colder and the holidays can create stress. We are coming to the end of the year but it looks likely that the additional difficulties of the 2020 pandemic will be with us for some time to come.
Tidy is as tidy does. Decluttering and organizing have practical as well as emotional results. In fact, as series of studies suggest a link between disorder and self-control.