Tips for Better Mental Wellness

Mental WellnessAs we told you last week, January is Mental Wellness Month. To help close out the month, we wanted to share some tips for improving your own mental wellness.

Individuals can learn to develop skills that improve general mental wellness. If practiced enough, they can become regular habits. Some of these skills include:

    • Resilience – being able to cope with and recover from unpleasant events;
    • Self-appreciation – being able to recognize one’s own strengths and weaknesses;
    • Affiliation – being able to develop and maintain friendships and a large support network;
    • Negotiation – being able to accept lack of knowledge and focus on a life-long learning process.

In addition to these skills, other suggestions for developing mental wellness include:

    • practicing both mental and physical exercise;
    • participating in frequent leisure activities;
    • maintaining a positive attitude;
    • learning to laugh at one’s mistakes;
    • eating a healthy diet;
    • getting enough sleep;
    • practicing self-awareness through activities such as meditation or yoga.

Mental wellness is needed in everyone’s toolbox. It’s never too early or too late to develop your own mental health and wellness. Happy Mental Wellness Month!

Sports Know No Season at PWC

Winter basketballAs you already know, outdoor sports are a year-round activity at Perry Wellness Center. When the weather gets cooler, basketball transitions to volleyball. But during a recent bit of warmer temperatures, peers and staff lost no time in putting on short-sleeved shirts and getting out the “round ball” for some vigorous team basketball.

Noah Cochran, a PWC counselor, explains the importance of such activity in a recovery program, noting: “As we play basketball, the peers and I have discussion about weight-lifting and other independent or team sports at Perry Wellness Center. Our wellness program is adopting more sports for our peers and staff.”

It’s not too soon for staff and peers to discuss the addition of spring sports, to which everyone looks forward when the days are milder. In addition to team tennis, held on the courts of the Americus-Sumter County High School South Campus, additional walking and running routes are in the planning process. Many of these athletic activities will become a part of individual peers’ Whole Health Action Management (W.H.A.M.) plans, which promotes self-management of one’s total wellness.

So whether the skies are balmy or bleak, you can except to see a flurry of physical activity going on whenever you pass by the PWC campus.

In the photo above, peers gather for an out-of-season basketball game.

Taking Inventory for Mental Wellness Month

Mental Wellness Month2Did you know that January has been designated as national Mental Wellness Month? Originally established by the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP), the purpose of the month is to recognize preventive strategies and activities that promote overall mental wellness.

The term “mental wellness” is used rather than “mental health,” because the IAIP thinks that mental wellness is not just the absence of mental illness -- just like physical wellness involves more than the absence of a particular illness.


Agrium Project Thrives in Winter

Agrium 2015 1As part of our agricultural grant from Agrium, Inc. we have tackled our first winter crop in raised gardening beds. The enterprise has created new learning experiences from both staff and our peer garden “owners.” The recent cold weather has led to a greater focus on proper watering and growing temperatures, as well as winter harvesting.

“This project has become become very rewarding to staff, peers, and to me,” explains Phyllis Smith, Agrium project manager. “It is fun to see each bed as the greens cover the sides of the garden bins. We look forward to the coming harvest.”

Harvested vegetables will be shared in the Perry Wellness Center cafeteria, sold by peers at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, and offered to several local restaurants as part of our efforts to promote a “farm to table” experience.

In the photo above, Miss Phyllis examines the status of abundant rutabagas, collards, and kale in one winter garden bed.

Summer Vegetables Welcome at Winter Table

Winter mealsSpring and summer are our most hectic seasons at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. And in the spirit of true confession, it must be noted that some of us, both staff and peers, questioned Stuart Perry’s decision to fill our freezers with so many shelled peas and butter beans, especially while trying to keep up with other market demands.

Now in the middle of January, Stuart’s decision to purchase, shell, and freeze hundreds of bushels of these delicious legumes seems like one of his wiser decisions. “I know some staff and peers questioned my decision to buy so many peas and butter beans from local farmers,” Stuart says with a smile. “Now, these individuals like to taste of spring and summer during these winter days."

At least two days each week, peas or butter beans accompany a lunch of broiled meats and fresh fruits – not too mention the small side of cornbread. The culinary staff relies on artful seasoning and the right produce to keep meals delicious. You’ll see few salt shakers on our tables! With rotating cooking staff in the professional kitchen, only the most dedicated peers are selected for participation. Constant awareness of good food and the right menu selections is a must.

A total wellness program includes a strong emphasis on healthy eating. We believe that food must be both nutritious and delicious – and during a blustery winter week, a warm, tasty lunch is one of the highlights of the day!

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