Ministry of Wellness

The Mission of Wellness includes Parish Nursing and anyone who is interested in assisting the congregation with health and well being issues.  


The Mission Statement of the Mission of Wellness is to connect and support people spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually in crisis and/or joyful situations throughout all stages of life.  We will visit and support those in need. 

We will provide fellowship and education that embraces the whole body, mind, and spirit. 


The role of the Parish Nurse is as a health counselor, educator, referral source and facilitator of volunteers. 

We do not provide hands on care or perform invasive procedures. We will help you access available resources. 

We can be reached through the Pastor or the church office. Blood Pressure Screenings are available on the first Sunday of the month after services. Health related articles are included in the Church Crier monthly.

From Your Parish Nurse

GREETINGS FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE STRESS,

DEPRESSION AND THE HOLIDAYS


The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests, stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. The following practical tips, can minimize the stress that may accompany the holidays.


Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.


2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.


3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.


4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion.


5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget.


6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That will help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients.


7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity.


8. Don't abandon healthy habits. Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself alone, without distractions. Doing this may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Some options may include:

  • Taking a walk.
  • Listening to soothing music or meditating.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Reading a book

I hope the above message is helpful. If you have any questions about the above article or other health related issues, please call Parish Nurse Cheryl Letendre RN, BSN, CPN at (H) 860-537-6516 or (C) 860-334-3342.

Source: Internet Search: Mayo Clinic