Alive’s clinical team have made the following resources available to help individual immediately begin the process towards improving their mental and relationship health skills.
PLAY & LAUGHTER:
George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”.
This health guide takes a serious look at play and laughter and the importance of including these as important parts of our lives. The benefits of incorporating play and laughter into our lives are well documented. Play and laughter are important at all ages of life, contributing to good emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being.
Play at leisure and at work have been known to improve relationships, team work, creativity, productivity, focus, and stress management. Laughter yields benefits of increased immune system function, decreased stress hormone production, emotional regulation and enhanced learning. This guide provides you with insight into how much you play and laugh, why you may not play and laugh enough, and how to bring play and laughter back into your life in healthy ways. Are you ready to become a FunMaker?
Most of us have never spent time creating awareness of our psychological functions. Nor have we spent the time learning the skills needed to optimize our mental health. This leaves many of us at increased risk for developing mental health issues. New discoveries about your brain’s neuroplasticity, along with the development of web-based distance education, are bringing new hope by teaching people how to enhance their mental health or overcome a mental illness. Your Psychology is a short manual that will help readers to learn skills developed out of the advanced behavioral sciences and apply them to their lives.
Fatigue makes us more susceptible to psychological pain. In a Netherlands workplace study on people who suffer from fatigue, 43% reported experiencing fatigue only, whereas 57% experienced fatigue along with psychological distress. This Health Masters guide will teach participants how unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and desires deplete their energy levels. It will show participants, not only how to avoid these unhealthy behaviors, but also how to replace them with healthier thoughts, emotions, and desires. Written in a practical and relatable style, participants of this Health Masters session will begin implementing new behavioral health principles that can have an immediate effect upon conserving mental and physical energy.
GET MORE HAPPINESS & JOY:
Becoming a student of how to bring more joy and happiness into your life is a conscious choice. It is possible, regardless of your life circumstances and situation, to become such a student and learn the skills needed to bring these things into your life. The first step is to understand what the differences are between happiness and joy:
Happiness is getting a promotion at work. Joy comes from being thankful for your work.
Happiness is a white wine paired with the perfect dessert. Joy is being conscious you have access to food and water at all times
Happiness is irregular; it comes and goes. Joy can come and go, but it’s always a choice.
“United Nations’ second annual International Day of Happiness was established to promote the idea that cheerfulness improves mental and physical wellness.”
From birth, most people begin forming connections with their mother, father, siblings, and, eventually, friends. Our need for healthy friendships is so strong that behavioral experts are discovering a direct correlation between our lack of true friends and our susceptibility to mental illness. This lack can impact our ability to cope with life’s challenges as well.
The irony is that we live in a knowledge-based society that provides us the resources to develop the skills needed to perform all sorts of complex tasks. But, when it comes to those relationships which are essential to our psychological health, we are often left to muddle through them on our own.
People need people. In this Health Masters session, we train participants on how to become skilled in the 17 attributes of being a good friend and holding onto their relationships. Participants may also develop lasting relationships as they practice their skills with others in the group.
Anger: Is it constructive or destructive?
In a survey, 1000 people were asked what their experience of becoming angry was. Over 86% of those who responded described their experience as being negative. For them, anger resulted in negative outcomes and emotional pain. Although many people experience this emotion as being negative, our anger can actually be very helpful. The critical difference between whether anger is experienced as negative or helpful is determined by whether we express our angry emotions constructively or destructively. In this seven week workshop, participants will learn how to express their anger in constructive ways with others.
Events that occur in our childhood can impact our ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Furthermore, developing relationships is so integral to our human nature that in the absence of real ones, our mental health can be negatively affected. This guide shows how mental illness can result from relationship fractures. It will train participants to recognize fractures in their early stages and how to avoid deepening them, as well as show how to repair our fractures with significant people, such as our family and friends.
WOUNDS COME FROM A RELATIONSHIPS AS DOES HEALING ALSO COME FROM A RELATIONSHIP
The ACE study (adverse childhood experience) is a longitudinal study conducted by the USA Centre for disease control. The study resulted in identifying ten specific ACEs that which focused on childhood adversity, disruptive and hurtful experiences. People with a high amount of the 10 ACEs can be susceptible towards experiencing chronic stress and mental health struggles as adults. To learn more about the ACE study and complete the questionnaire please read on:
NEEDS AND FEELINGS
Needs and feeling are very real and powerful parts of our life. The more awareness we create on these -the healthier and more fulfilled we become as people. Take a moment to review each item listed and determine which ones you desire more of and which items from the unfulfilled list you desire less of. Then begin the process of desiring more or less of the items you choose.
Desire is a powerful part of your phycological functions. What we desire becomes a goal, which becomes a focus and what we focus on expands in our life.
To receive greater value from this exercise do it with a friend, spouse, sibling or parent by meeting for coffee and sharing your choices and how you plan to get more of them in your life. Click here to download the exercise