Wellness – Mind, Body & Soul
“Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about exercising and eating well,” said Breeanne, Outreach Specialist for Cheyenne River Indian Outreach. “There’s more to it than that. We wanted to help women learn about all areas of wellness – so the Mind, Body & Soul event began to take shape.”
Geared exclusively toward women, presenters for the day included a self-hypnosis therapist, a journalist, Director of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fitness Center and a massage therapist.
Joyce, a self-hypnosis therapist, introduced guests to the idea of hypnosis and shared exercises they could do on their own. She explained various techniques that could be used to help with issues like stress, smoking and weight loss.
Demi, a writer, shared about her own traumatic past and how writing helped her work through stressful times. “I did not know what I was doing when I first picked up a pen and a journal,” she said. “But once words started flowing, I realized journaling was a great coping skill.”
She shared ways journaling helped her come to terms with her past and guided guests through a journaling activity.
Jarred, Director of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) Fitness Center, spoke about nutrition and fitness. He shared the importance of reading nutrition labels and the connection between your mood and the kind of food you put in your body. He also stressed how working out is an important coping skill. Everyone received workout bands and learned easy workouts to do while sitting in a chair.
Breanne, Outreach Specialist, discussed skin care and shared a recipe for homemade sugar scrub. “You don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive products for your skin,” said Breanne. “You can use things you have in your kitchen cupboards!”
Taking care of your skin can help boost mood and confidence, explained Breanne.
“The sugar scrub was my favorite part of the day,” said one participant. “It felt very nice and made me feel calm. I will definitely use this at home.”
Throughout the day, a massage therapist offered free 10-minute neck and shoulder massages to promote relaxation.
“It was a wonderful event,” said Breanne. “We had more than one request to bring it to other communities. The ladies enjoyed it so much and want to share the Mind, Body & Soul workshop with their friends and family. We look forward to putting this event on again and helping people understand the many aspects of wellness.”
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