As part of our focus on whole person Wellness, SCCMHA created a campaign entitled, Better Together...The name Better Together for this campaign was chosen because chronic physical health conditions affect individuals regardless of age, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. This program will not only benefit the individuals we serve but also our workforce here at SCCMHA and in our provider network. Better together, we can improve our wellness!
Better Together events and activities are intended to be autonomous and enhance self-determination.
Aerobic exercise makes you sweat, causes you to breathe harder, and gets your heart beating faster than at rest. It strengthens your heart and lungs and trains your cardiovascular system to manage and deliver oxygen more quickly and efficiently throughout your body.
- Increase confidence
- Emotional stability
- Memory and brain function
- Strengthen your heart and lungs
- Lower your cholesterol
- Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improve your immune function
- Lower your blood pressure
- Burn calories
- Shed excess weight
- Tone muscles
- Improve posture
Coloring for Relaxation
Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It's a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves in the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.
- Generates feelings of wellness, quietness, and calmness
- Stimulates creativity
- Boosts mental clarity
- Elicits a relaxing mindset
- Allows switching off the brain from other thoughts to focus on the moment
- Replaces negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones
One of the most powerful, yet simple, self-awareness tools is Guided Meditation. It uses words and images to help move your attention away from the worry, stress and pain to help you find your own inner strength and creativity. This brings the natural powers of the mind into health and healing.
- Has a positive effect on heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and oxygen rates, brain waves, temperature, and hormone balance.
- Can help relieve symptoms caused or made worse by stress, such as: chest pain, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, headaches, digestive and breathing problems.
Doing jigsaw puzzles is good for your mind, body and spirit. Studies show that people who do jigsaw puzzles have longer life spans with less chances of developing memory loss diseases.
- Improved Memory
- Better Problem-Solving Skills
- Improved Visual-Spatial Reasoning
- Meditation Tool and Stress Reliever
The rhythmic repetitive movements of knitting tend to put us in the present moment, distracting us from mulling over the past or fear of the future. Knitting can invoke the relaxation response, which is known to bring down blood pressure, heart rate and help to prevent stress related illnesses.
How to Knit Videos:
Working out while you are actually at work, not only has huge benefits for productivity, collaboration, and mood, it's also EASY!
- Reduce Absenteeism
- Increase job satisfaction
- Reduces stress
- Increase brain power
- Better sleep
Guided Video Workouts (No Equipment Needed)
- Quiet Low Impact Cardio Workout
- Low Impact, No Bounce Recovery Cardio Workout
- Bodyweight only Strength and Endurance Challenge
The 100 Office Workout Book is a collection of no-equipment illustrated easy-to-follow routines specifically designed for workplace conditions allowing you to exercise during work regardless of the time and space available and regardless of the office attire.
- Chair-Bound Routines
- 60 Seconds HIIT Circuits
- Lunch-Break Workouts
- No-Sweat Cardio
- Soreness & Tensions Relief
- Step-Away Microcircuits
- Stress Reduction
- Upper Body Only Workouts
- Stretching for Desk Job Fix
- Office Yoga
Reading can be a wonderful (and healthy) escape from the stress of everyday life. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%.
- Mental Stimulation
- Stress Reduction
- Vocabulary Expansion
- Memory Improvement
- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
- Improved Focus and Concentration
- Better Writing Skills
- Free Entertainment
Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems.
- Muscle Strength
- Aerobic Conditioning
Tai Chi Videos:
TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics, from Science to Business to Global Issues, in more than 100 languages.
- Improves your knowledge on various topics
- Make you think in a different angle
- It will shape your brain and gives the better version of you
- You learn about different technology and trending ideas
- Some TED talks surprise you in its ideas
- Explore the world, the people around you
Videos To Get You Started
Walking / Biking
Walk / Bike at your own pace - walk / bike away stress - walk / bike for your health or just walk / bike because it's fun!
- Lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
- Lower your risk for heart disease and stroke
- Help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle Science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body.
- Increased flexibility
- Muscle strength
- Improved respiration
- Weight reduction
- Cardio/circulatory health
- Stress relief
- Improved sleep
- Reduction in headaches
- Improved concentration