Picnic on May 15 will celebrate milestone.

    Spring brings with it a sense of renewed energy and optimism.  What better time than this to assess your life and focus on living well.  With the onset of sunnier days and the urge to open windows, breathe in all this fresh air and be more active outdoors, this is the perfect time to take measure of your sense of wellness.  

    When you begin to think of wellness, it can be summarized by asking how is your Mind, Body and Spirit.  How do you act, feel and respond to life’s daily stressors?  Do you look forward to each day or do you struggle just to get by?  There are simple strategies that can help improve your wellness such as being physically active, eating a balanced diet, getting enough quality sleep and connecting with family and friends.  

    Feeling personal satisfaction for a job well done, finding meaning and a purpose in life, laying out a thoughtful approach to spending within your means, learning a new hobby to expand your knowledge and skills, creating spaces you enjoy spending time in and, strengthening coping strategies to be ready for life’s curveballs can all lead to an improved sense of well-being.

    Achieving wellness is a process of building the motivation to do the strategies that support your values.  This can be explored by taking the “me” time to do an honest assessment of the areas of your life that are working well and those which can use some help.  

    By developing and following a plan that addresses individual concerns and stressors that align with your values of wellness, you can achieve an improved sense of self.  For some, this is an easier feat than others and many who want to make that change reach out for personal assistance from their primary care physician, therapist or a life coach.  Once you discover the path that works for you finding and maintaining a good balance with life’s priorities can lead to living well and achieving optimal health and well-being.  

    You may notice several positive changes that surprise you!  You may experience an increase in energy, find a sense of humor that has lain dormant for a while, have a deeper sense of appreciation for your family and friends, feel less stressed and more patient with yourself or just generally rediscover ways to enjoy life and all it has to offer.

    As the Northwestern Mental Health Center celebrates 50 years of service helping people achieve wellness, and in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to remind you that mental health matters, everyday!  If you have questions or are concerned about yourself or a loved one, please contact your physician or the Mental Health Center.  To schedule an appointment, call 281-3940 or in case of a mental health emergency call the 24/7 Crisis Line at (1-800) 282-5005.

It’s a picnic!
WHAT: Northwestern Mental  Health Center’s 50th anniversary celebration
WHERE: Parking lot of facility at 603 Bruce Street.
WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday
DETAILS: The picnic under the tent will feature B&E Meats and a brief program. There will be children’s play zone.