Monthly Archives: January 2014

“I” Openers

Is there a better time in Northeast WI to winter wisconsin
talk about mental health than when we
have been facing record snowfalls and
low temperatures?  We think before cabin
fever has you in its grips – NOW is the
perfect time to share some tried and true tips to keeping the spring in your step and the smile on your face.

Enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge
when the opportunity arises. Mental health includes striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental.  At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again.

Your personal life balance will be unique to you.

In the next three issues of our newsletter, WELLBEING, we will be sharing ways to boost your mental health and maintain your life balance.

TIP #1:  Receive as well as give

Many of us confuse having a realistic view of our good
points with conceit.  We have trouble accepting kindness
from others.  We often shrug off a compliment with a, “Yes,
but…”  and put ourselves down.  Accept compliments —
Next time someone compliments you, say, “Thank you! I’m glad
you think so.”

TIP #2:  Take care of yourself

Be active and eat well — these help maintain a healthy body.
Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good
about life if your body feels good.  You don’t have to go to the gym
to exercise — gardening, vacuuming, dancing all count.  Feeding your
body yummy healthy foods can keep you feeling good, inside and out.

TIP #3:  Challenge yourself

Learn a new skill or take on a challenge to meet a new goal.  Learning
improves your mental fitness, while the process builds confidence and gives
you sense of progress and achievement.  This formula adds up to be
a boost to your emotional wellbeing as well.

TIP #4:  Notice the here and now

Take a moment to notice each of your senses each day.  Simply “be” in the
moment — feel the sun, notice the air you are breathing.  It’s easy to be
caught up thinking about the past or planning for the future instead of
experiencing the present.  Practicing mindfulness, by focusing your
attention on being in the moment, is a good way to do this.  Making a
conscious effort to be aware of your inner and outer world is important
to your mental health.

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Sharin’ the Journey — A note from the Director

      heavenly heartThe decision to have a third child was a difficult one for me.  A self-professed work-a-holic, I was content with our two daughters, ages 7 and 4, and the family life we enjoyed.  My husband, however, had a vision of a larger family.  Like with most challenges, I decided to give it to God.  If He wanted us to have another child, so be it.

        Much to my surprise, God not only wanted us to have one child, He decided to gift us with TWO.  As I sat in the parking lot after my first doctor appointment overwhelmed with the concept of twins, tears flowed freely in awe and fear of the road He had placed before me.  I wondered if in some small way I was feeling what a young Mary experienced in the wake of the visit by the Archangel Gabriel.  How would I get through the next seven months of worry for not just one, but two little beings dependent on me for existence?

        The answer was prayer.  One of the first gifts we received from a good friend and her mother was a promise of continuous prayer.  The pregnancy that followed was by no means routine, with unexplained rashes, bleeding, umbilical issues, the death of our beloved pet, early contractions, and eventual bed rest.  Through it all I was sustained by the presence of God we experience through prayer.  Every time the anxiety threated to be too much, I would hastily recite three Hail Marys one for each baby and the last for myself.  This practice reminded me that I was never alone in my worry, there were others pulling for me and with me every step of my journey.  Prayer gave me the faith to realize that, “This too shall pass.”

        Through the gift of prayer; my own, that of others, and the experience of Reiki I was able to carry my twins to 38 weeks.  This is a rare occurrence with a multiple pregnancy. In a very real way, the experience of my past year has demonstrated the incredible role prayer can play in our lives and in our world.  As I gaze at the two little faces of my healthy twin gifts, I invite you to pause and raise a few words heavenward the next time you or a friend are in an unexpected or unwanted situation.  It can make all the difference.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will  be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  Luke 11: 9-10

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“Power in Our Lives”

“Our Strength will be found in Charity”

I am always in awe of God’s power to use opposites to bless and teach us.

In God’s plan, we must lose our life to gain our life.  (Matthew 16:25) In God’s plan, we must give to receive.  (Luke :38) In God’s plan, it is in our weakness that power is perfected.  (2 Corinthians 12:19)

The truly strong people in life are those who do not walk in fear, but give freely of their time, money, and talent.  Such people show us great strength of character.  Just know such strength does not grow easily.  Romans 5: 34 tells us that it is through tribulation and perseverance that character and hope come.

Let us therefore, live our lives believing in God’s plan to empower us through all of life’s experiences, especially the tough ones.  (Romans 8: 28)