Words of Wellness
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.
Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms. Media include television, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, social media, memes, gifs, and more. Media literacy skills relate to intellectual wellness and can help us stay up to date on what is happening around us in a mindful way.
A common theme has been emerging from casual conversations, about the therapeutic value of…gardening! Some have even claimed to enjoy weeding! Considering the challenges so many are experiencing now, it is refreshing to hear of the joy so many are getting out of their gardens…and music!
An important component of wellness is focusing on the strengths and discovering the lessons and meaning in our challenges and adversities. Now more than ever is it important to keep ourselves focused on the wellness model to help regain a sense of balance and order since our habits and routines have been disrupted due to the pandemic. Read more about the wellness model in this issue of Words of Wellness.
Maintaining a journal has used for centuries to support emotional wellness, but also can benefit many of the other dimensions of wellness. While our lifestyles have changed journaling may be helpful as a new habit in your life. In this issue we discuss the many ways to use journaling in your life. There are also other activities conducive to the new rules around social distancing as well as virtual resources and ‘Life Skills for Tough Times’. Click here for more.
Wellness in Times of Crisis: During these difficult times, we can still focus on our wellness. Many of us are staying at home, following the guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Some people may continue to go to work but find they feel anxious about the risk. Some of us are feeling social isolation, disruptions in our usual habits and routines and interruptions to our wellness. Continue reading to help re-focus on your wellness during this crisis.