By: Nadine Crescenzi, Certified WaterArt Instructor, Aquatic Rehab Specialist, Land Instructor
July 17, 2018
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it, I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6 We all know the importance of physical activity and the beneficial impact it has on our body. However, it is important to acknowledge the positive effect it has on our spirit, well-being, and mental health. Studies have proven that 20 minutes of exercise facilitates memory functions, improves decision making and higher learning, and prevents degeneration of our bodies.
By: Dorothy Heiderscheit, OSF, MSW, ACSW, RSW
March 18, 2018
My time at Southdown was a passageway through the darkness back into the light. The caring staff who walked with me enabled me to see hope and believe that I was lovable and had worth as a human being. – alumnus – The excitement and hope of the 2018 Winter Olympics is now part of our memories. We watched “from the edge of our seats” as athletes from around the world put their heart and soul into each event. They came to the Olympics with hopes and dreams—some for gold and some just to be a part of a great experience. Hope is one of the most important mental health traits we can hold in life. It reduces feelings of helplessness, boosts happiness, reduces stress, and improves our quality of life. The opening quote from an alumnus speaks to the motivating factor of hope in the Southdown program—to look on the future positively, and to see opportunity in challenges; in other words, to “look on the bright side of life.” In their articles, Greta and Derick address many ways we live and model hope.
By: Derick Valadao, Ph.D.
March 18, 2018
Anybody who struggles with mental illness is likely to experience some significant change in terms of how they function at home, at work, socially, or with family. These are often aspects of our lives that we cherish and value deeply, which can make it all the more demoralizing when we notice the disruption and impact these difficulties have on our lives. That is why one of the biggest challenges to maintaining wellness and resilience in treatment and recovery is a lack of hope that things can get better again.
By: Greta DeLonghi, MA, DSD
March 18, 2018
A palliative patient in a hospital taught me something about hope. And I came to see how an ancient spiritual practice might help engender it. The patient was 93 years old. He had no faith background, his wife was unable to visit, his only child living overseas and disabled. During my first visits, he cried out repeatedly, “I’m lost. I’m alone. What have I got to live for?” I felt powerless to help. I reached out to my supervisor, who suggested I try some life review. On my next visit, I asked the patient about his proudest moment. He told me about his four years as a tank driver during the Second World War. “Hot in the summer, freezing in the winter.” We talked about his endurance and courage in such trying and often lonely conditions. Through that memory, he found some meaning, consolation and hope that he would get through this trying and lonely time, too.