Mental Health

Right now, there is an integral part of our community that needs our support. 

The simple combination of walking outdoors while exploring important aspects of our lives intuitively just makes sense. When Tyla conducted her research and wrote a dissertation, she constantly had to defend her inquiry into taking therapy outside of the safety of four walls and a couch and into the great outdoors.

People in the Columbia Basin will be better able to access community resources, build connections and overcome barriers through 42 projects that aim to improve quality of life and enhance social well-being in the region. The projects are being supported with over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants program.

In the past few years Dr. Kirsten Neff has become one of my personal legends. In her teachings about the importance of self-compassion I learned that the actions of other people are not a direct evaluation of my worth. Read that again. We crave acknowledgement from others. “Good job,” or “you got this” really can be some of the greatest words we hear in life. When we were young, we were praised for the smallest acts. Cheers and clapping arrived for all of our momentous occasions like smiling, standing, or taking a step. 

When life goes according to plan it feels like we are writing the script ourselves. Other times an unknown director is pulling our strings and we can only react to the circumstances presented to us. It’s pleasant when we are in charge of the pageant and driving the plot. It’s annoying and frustrating when we feel like powerless participants in someone else’s show. 

What are the benefits of art? Well, when it comes to art, there are two aspects to consider: creation and consumption. Most of the health benefits we see come as a result of producing art, regardless of the outcome. Here are the benefits of art in three different populations.

It is time for an honest check in on how we are really doing. Stress levels are high, exhaustion levels are up, and patience seems to be waning. COVID-19 is a motivating factor for some of us to increase our healthy lifestyles and overall wellness. It has for others become a bit of a crutch and excuse for avoiding healthy choices. An example of this is thinking that it’s okay to eat junk food, drink beer, and lay on the couch watching Netflix all day because of restrictions.