Silver Sneakers

Source: ventfitness.com

Silver sneakers sound like something a superhero would wear.  Maybe even the name of a superhero.  Silver Sneakers is actually a fitness program for people 65 and older and it is offered at no cost by more than 60 health plans across the US.  These people are superheroes because they want to stay in shape in their senior years.…

United Way

You may have seen commercials for the United Way and wondered what their organization does and how it helps people.  This organization offers many wonderful programs that support those in need.  One way that it offers assistance is in health capacity.

MISSION OF THE UNITED WAY

The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good”.  They want to strengthen communities by supporting individuals who may not have other resources.  Among other things, the United Way offers Born Learning, a school readiness program; an initiative to teach students character building and relationship skills; free tax filing and financial planning based on income.  They also have a docu-series that highlights heroes within the community.

HEALTH INITIATIVES

2-1-1:  “2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need”   If you dial 2-1-1, you have many resources at your fingertips including, but not limited to, information on supplemental food and nutrition programs, health care, vaccination, and health epidemic information; addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs; support groups for individuals with mental illnesses; a safe passageway away from physical and/or emotional domestic abuse.

LOCAL RESOURCES

If you go to the United Way website (www.unitedway.org) and go to FIND YOUR UNITED WAY, you can find resources specific to your area.  Each community offers similar, yet varied programs.  Below are some specific community offerings:

Boston area:  Thanksgiving Project – gives full Thanksgiving meals for families in need.  Emergency assistance with food, heat, housing, and access to benefits.

New York area:  Feed NYC – funded urban gardens, fresh veggies delivered to food pantries, and donations to emergency food programs

Chicago area:  connecting people to affordable health services, promoting a healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic disease

California:  Covered California is where California residents can get brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Promotes policies that combine enrollment and administration of most public health and human services programs.

Florida:  Devotes time and money to programs that offer adults and children  admittance to health and wellness care, including mental, physical and social; FamilyWize – a prescription discount card usable at local pharmacies

Although these are just a small percentage of the United Way organizations in the United States, it is clear that they all have a similar mission.

VOLUNTEERING

A great way to see how the United Way operates is to volunteer with them.  You may not be someone in need, but helping others can be a great way to increase your positive feelings.  Going out and doing something to be of assistance to your community is one of the best ways to pay it forward and make you feel good about yourself.  Those who are in need may want to volunteer to show their appreciation for the support they receive from the organization.…

Meditation For Anxiety

When an anxiety attack comes on, it can be hard to think of ways to get yourself out of those anxious feelings.  If you need anxiety attack help, being proactive and helping yourself to stay calm in all circumstances is an important skill.  Meditation can help you deal with difficult situations that may arise in your life.…

Cultivating Gratitude

Gratitude is being thankful for the little things and returning the kindness to others.  Cultivating a gratitude practice can relieve you of feeling unappreciated and infuse joy into your life.  When you are thankful for all the little things, it rewires your brain towards happiness and seeing the good in everything.  This is a great attitude to carry through life.…

Facebook Support Groups

 

Sometimes, when you have certain issues or feelings that you aren’t comfortable sharing with friends or family, a stranger’s chat may seem like a viable option for you.  Connecting with people who don’t know you but, perhaps, have similar issues or feelings may be the perfect match.  Facebook has some great support groups that may be perfect for your situation.…

Community Social Groups

Do you spend a lot of time by yourself, not out of choice, but because you don’t have a circle of friends to interact with?  Do you say to yourself, “I am feeling empty”?  There are many types of groups that you can join to meet people who have similar interests and that will give you a full cup feeling.   Doing a little online or library research will help you get on your way to expanding your social circle.…

Nutritional Counseling

 

There are different types of counseling to choose from.  One type of counseling that is not always thought of is nutritional counseling.  It does make sense to participate in nutritional counseling if you have trouble with your eating routine.  You go to a talk therapy counselor when you are having issues with feelings and mental health, so why not go to a nutritional counselor when you have been having issues with food and eating patterns?…

Finding A Spiritual Mentor

Spirituality and religion are two different things.  While religion is organized worship of a higher power usually God or gods, spirituality is more of a way of life, including values and morals that encompass love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, responsibility, harmony and empathy.  A religious person is most likely spiritual, but a spiritual person isn’t always religious.  If you need someone to talk to, you make seek out a spiritual mentor.…

Safety In Online Chat Rooms

 

 

If you are the type of person who feels more comfortable writing about your feelings and issues instead of talking face to face with another, then, you may feel comfortable joining online chat rooms.  You may want to interact in any of the following, just to name a few:

While you may feel a level of comfort in these online discussions, there are steps you need to take to protect your privacy and safety.…

Helping Others to Help Yourself

 

Do you ever feel like no one cares about what you do, how you feel or what you say?  It may be the way you feel, but your interpretation of situations may not be grounded in what is truly happening.  If you are feeling those feelings, then, they are real to you and you need to do something to change those feelings. You have to feel better about yourself and others around you.  Helping others is one way to change these feelings.…