Physical exercise to improve our bodies overall health is a well established practice in modern society. We know that if we run or cycle our fitness improves. We know that if we use our muscles our strength improves. Exercise equals improved physical health. However, it’s only recently that we’ve started to recognise the importance of exercising our mind.
Just as physical exercise plans are tailored to suit individual goals and can include diverse activities such as intensive workouts and yoga classes, a JOC recovery plan can include activities for the mind that range from brain training through to relaxation and meditation. In the same way as our bodies learn and build physical responses to situations, so can our minds.
Our minds are shaped by the experiences, ideas and thoughts to which they are exposed. This being the case we can choose what we ‘feed’ our minds, just as you can choose what we feed our bodies. What we choose to think can make our minds more or less ‘healthy’. Making healthy, mindful choices have both short and long term benefits.
The team at JOC will work with you to help to create the very best plan to help you through recovery and towards your wellness goals. By talking about how you’re feeling and through constant open communication we help you reach a more positive headspace that encourages you to work towards and achieve your goals.
Negative and Positive Thinking
To understand the effect of positive thinking, it’s worth considering the effect of negative thinking first.
Negative emotions, such as fear or stress, stem from our ancestors need to survive in harsh, threatening conditions. These emotions cause us to take quick action to save ourselves from whatever we feel threatened by. When we feel scared or stressed we become so focused on these emotions that they distract us from other things that may be going on around us.
This response is acceptable if a tiger is approaching us in grasslands but not appropriate if we’re sitting on the couch or trying to work.
This type of negative thinking can easily become habitual and often snowballs until it feels unmanageable. The good news is that the team at JOC can help you remove unnecessary negative, unhealthy responses with positive ones.
The ability to think positively makes it easier to manage life, reduce stress and live healthier. Not only do we feel the benefits but those around us feel better. Talk to JOC today to discover how we can help you take the first step towards a healthier you.
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.
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.
In order to have a healthy mind it is imperative to have a healthy body. It is vital to enmesh the two in order to function as well as possible. During this time there is a dedicated Personal Trainer available to participants.
There can be many benefits to those who write regularly as they share their thoughts with a piece of paper. One of the biggest benefits is that it brings closure,
an appreciation of the little things and begins to close down our negative judgements of self.
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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