At JOC we have a holistic approach to wellness and recovery. In order to create a healthy mind it’s important to look at all aspects of our lifestyle and wellbeing. From the foods we eat to the ways in which we are active, we believe that physical health works together with mental wellbeing to create a positive, healthier you!
For a long time physical care and mental health care have largely been disconnected. However, there is an increasing call on healthcare professionals to consider physical wellness and lifestyle when considering psychological wellbeing.
As part of our broad Recovery Plan we’ll discuss lifestyle factors that can influence both your physical and mental health.
Not a day goes by without seeing a TV show or some form of advertising telling you to do more exercise because it keeps illness at bay. Whilst the focus of this is on improving your physical wellbeing there is strong evidence that even the lightest exercise can boost your mood, concentration, alertness, and your ability to think positively.
A study in Holland of over 7000 adults found that moderately light exercise reduced the risk of developing a mood or anxiety disorder over the following three years. Importantly the study shows those that exercised were more likely to recover from their illness compared to those who did not take exercise.
Of course, when you’re overwhelmed, tired, anxious or stressed the thought of exercising can make it worse. Don’t despair. It’s smart to start off with very small goals. Any activity that gets you moving counts as exercise. That could include walking the dog, walking around a shopping centre, or riding a bike. If you’ve never exercised before try a few different things but make sure you start off small.
You’ve heard of the saying ‘you are what you eat’. At JOC we believe that a healthy diet has a big impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing, and whilst it may not be the cause of your illness it can play a positive role in your recovery.
A healthy diet can be measured in many ways but, put simply, we encourage you to eat more of the good stuff and less of the bad. This is open to interpretation and varies from person to person but a general rule of thumb should be to reduce junk and processed foods, reduce alcohol intake and increase the consumption of vegetables, fruit, fish and lean meats.
Altering your diet is easier said than done and can be quite intimidating, especially when working through other issues. Whilst a healthy diet may not be the most important part of your recovery it is worth considering your relationship with food and drink as a part of your plan.
The team at JOC are here to support and guide you towards a healthier version of yourself. If you have any questions in regards to our services or would like to talk to one of our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
JOC Wellness & Recovery services are for individuals living with mental illness who require support in relation to community living, education, employment, and their wellbeing.
Entry to the service is initiated by referral. The referral form is to be completed by a GP or Mental Health Professional.
Pathways to Recovery takes you on a journey, a process of self exploration & self discovery, as you progress through a strengths-based recovery program.
Massage therapy involves the use of pressure that is deeply relaxing but not painful. A treatment that is designed to soothe and relax, increase circulation, mobility, help with relief of pain and stress management.
Meditation is the guided practice of quiet sitting in a comfortable up right position with attention to slowing down breathing, relaxing and release of the body tension. Calming the mind helps greater clarity to emerge and encourages self-awareness. Meditation is a great tool to develop physical and mental wellbeing. It is an excellent holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety.
JOC is currently funded entirely by the Mental Health Commission and by the generosity of grants from Lotterywest. Unfortunately, programs that we offer are limited by the funding we receive.
Donations will be used to support or expand existing programs, and develop new initiatives for our members. All programs delivered by JOC aim to improve the mental health, social wellbeing and overall quality of life of adults living with a diagnosed mental illness.
We respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and elders, past and present.
Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
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