Eight dimensions of wellness are featured in Strengths and Troubles and Goal Hero. Making them part of daily life can improve mental and physical health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
Information about all eight dimensions.
Listening to your feelings and coping effectively with life.
Occupying safe, pleasant and stimulating surroundings that support well-being.
Understanding your finances, establishing good money habits and planning for the future.
Expanding your knowledge and creativity, staying curious and open to new ideas.
Finding personal satisfaction and engagement in your work, school or volunteering.
Maintaining a healthy body with healthy eating, exercise, sleep and appropriate health care.
Developing a sense of belonging, connecting with a reliable support system and creating satisfying relationships.
Discovering what values and beliefs are important to your sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Online resources for the 'tools you could use' on the Troubles cards in Strengths and Troubles.
These will cheer you up.
Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a 90-minute massage. Turns out all you need is a pair of healthy lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less.
What we wear affects the way we feel.
Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
Hate the word 'Budget'? Make a 'Spending Plan'.
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.
The philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge."
- The Healthy Eating Plate from the Harvard School of Public Health.
A hug is a form of physical intimacy, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two persons are involved, this is informally referred to as a group hug.
There are legal aid offices (also called legal services)
throughout the United States.
Fascinating Ways That Music Affects Your Mood and Mind.
Organizing your home, lists, pills etc.
Sitting or standing in certain ways, ways that exude confidence, can relieve stress and help you feel in control.
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Napping: Your cat knows something you don't. Also, nappers are in good company: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush are known to have valued an afternoon nap.
Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body.
Good sleep is more under your control than you might think.
Feel less lonely, isolated, or judged.
It's important to find a therapist, peer, sponsor or all three to work with.
See Peer Support
Gain confidence, make a difference, learn new skills, be part of a community, have fun!
Improve your mood and so much more.
Those who know their strengths and use them frequently tend to have more success in several areas. They feel happier, have better self-esteem, and are more likely to accomplish their goals.
- This printable worksheet from Therapist Aid can help you identify your strengths and ways to use them.
A scientific survey from the VIA Institute on Character
- Discover your character strengths in 15 minutes with the free, scientifically validated VIA Survey. Learn to use your character strengths to live your best life.
- Gain strength by facing your fears.
How to Face Your Fears
- Thinking it Through
- Getting In the Conquering Zone
- Attacking Your Fears
In case you hadn’t noticed, life is difficult and unpredictable. So, how do you move forward in such a complex and confusing world? Build your resilience.
- UCLA Medical School psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Marmer offers 5 tips for coping with life’s unwelcome surprises. A 5 minute video from Prager University
Play is the therapeutic method for Goal Quest Games.
A tabletop game is a board game, card game, dice game, miniatures wargame, tile-based game, or other game that is normally played on a table or other flat surface.
Game to Grow
A new initiative in therapeutic gaming with three main objectives:
- Provide therapeutic and educational gaming groups that contribute to the growth of communities
- Promote an understanding of the power and benefit of games across the world
- Train others to use game-based interventions intentionally to help youth and other populations
The Bodhana Group
A nonprofit that advocates the use of tabletop gaming as a directed therapeutic practice that can benefit personal growth as well as enhance social and educational services to individuals and families.
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