October 22, 2018 By: Courtney Ackerman Positive Psychology Program You’ve heard it said before—probably many times—that it’s important to live in the present moment. You also might have heard similar pieces of advice like: “Don’t get caught up in thinking about the past or the future—live in the now!” “Be present in your own life.” “All you have is this moment. Don’t let it slip ... read more
As part of Live Well Winona’s effort to involve the community in its mission to promote health and wellness, we are inviting community members to write or submit articles about each of our health dimensions every month.
If you have written an article relating to one of our health dimensions that you would like to share through our website and newsletter, please email it to us at [email protected] Be sure to include a title, the author, and an optional photo.
Artlice from Sleepbetter.org Wearable devices are increasingly bought to track and measure health and sports performance: from the number of steps walked each day to a person’s metabolic efficiency, from the quality of brain function to the quantity of oxygen inhaled while asleep. But the truth is we know very little about how well these sensors and machines work — let alone whether they ... read more
AUGUST 22, 2017 |BY SUSIE MOORE https://greatist.com/live/bad-mood-ways-to-get-out-of-a-funk I woke up the other morning in a bad mood. I wondered if I'd had a nightmare. Nope, I couldn’t recall any. I wasn’t hungover. I hadn’t even checked my social media yet, so I hadn't activated any angsty comparison triggers. I just opened my eyes that morning, and had a sense of foreboding. I simply felt ... read more
Sportsmanship: A Deeper Understanding and Its Importance Beyond Sports Article written by Sean Dailey http://www.decaturparks.com/sportsmanship-a-deeper-understanding.php I recently asked the kids involved in DPR’s Youth Sports and Fitness class to define sportsmanship. As you would expect, I received a myriad of answers. One of the younger children defined it as “shaking hands at the end of ... read more
Written by Karen Reed, PositiveHealthWellness.com “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell Rituals make you who you are. The morning ritual is rediscovering productivity at the start of the day. You need not wake at the crack of dawn to have a productive start to your day. Instead, ... read more
Written by Alison Knauss and Autumn Herr, Winona State University Students The changing seasons affect many of us, especially during the bitter cold Minnesota winters. According to Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that relates to changing seasons. Symptoms begin in the fall and continue into the winter months, making you feel moody and draining your ... read more
Written by Janneke Sobeck, Director, Live Well Winona Frustrations. We all experience them. Some frustrations impact us in bigger ways than others, but the most important thing about frustrations is our reaction to them. In many cases frustrations lead us to make assumptions about the person or situation causing the frustration. These assumptions evoke different emotions in us, which can lead ... read more
Written by Kenedy Beebe, WSU Public Health Senior Mental illness is something that affects 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. Mental illness can be debilitating for those living with it so it is important to find healthy coping methods. In recent studies conducted by the Journal of Applied School Psychology and the International Journal of Yoga there ... read more
Article by: Deb McClellan, Operations Manager Last week I was engaged in a casual conversation, that turned into moments of self reflection, something I do often. Self-reflection, as defined by Merriam Webster, is careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs. The thought provoking conversation mentioned above was about boundaries (unofficial rules about what should ... read more
Written by Lauren Bowlin, Intern, Live Well Winona This summer I’ve had the opportunity to help students participating in Cotter’s Summer Enrichment Programs. These programs are designed to engage students K-8 in a variety of educational classes and activities throughout the summer. From classes like Computer Programming to The Art of Problem Solving, students are allowed to engage in the ... read more