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
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.
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
Written by: Hamid Akbari, Ph.D. Dean of College of Business Saying “I don’t know” is a necessary condition for engaging in lifelong learning and enhancing one’s intellectual vitality. Mahatma Gandhi reminds us to: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” The idea is to be on your toes in terms of curiosity and learning throughout one’s life. This happens in a ... read more
Article by Rachel Stetenfeld, Live Well Winona Intern When we’re waiting in line, sitting at home with a half-hour to kill, or stuck eating a meal by ourselves, it’s likely that we turn to the more mindless entertainment in our phones, rather than engage the life around us. Our phones are cluttered with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc., and that clutter tends to debilitate us instead of ... read more
Article by Aaron Lindholm, Pastor at Compass Church. Leadership is influence - Nothing more, nothing less! At least that is John Maxwell’s position and thesis for the book “Developing the Leader within you”. I first read this book 15 years ago and have recently re-read it in an effort to strengthen my leadership and to continue to grow as a leader. I believe that the information in this book ... read more
Written by Dan Krumholz Use It or Lose It is a well-worn phrase that serves as a timely reminder for a variety of situations. There’s even an app for that. The Use It or Lose It app not only helps you not lose certain belongings but it also helps you lose those no longer needed. The app is intended to help keep track of and catalogue your possessions and de-clutter your life of those you ... read more
Written by Deb McClellan, Community Operations Manager, Live Well Winona Janneke and I are were inspired recently by a Ted Talk - Got A Meeting Take A Walk. The information wasn't anything new to us, but it did remind us of the many benefits walking meetings have to offer. Here are just a few. Physical activity that fits into the day Energized and more alert Different environments ... read more