Village Report | June 2024

June 1, 2024 | Jen Griffin, Vice President of Engagement

Jennifer Griffin

by Jen Griffin, Vice President of Engagement

Speaking for myself, in a world where the pace of life seems to be ever-accelerating, the concept of self-care often gets lost in the hustle and bustle. It’s easy to dismiss self-care as a luxury or an indulgence, something reserved for spa days and vacations. However, the truth is that self-care is an essential component of overall well-being, and it doesn’t have to be daunting or complicated. In fact, it can be incredibly empowering and transformative once integrated into our daily routines.

Imagine possessing the golden touch and a metaphorical ability to nurture and rejuvenate your own mind, body, and spirit. This is precisely what self-care offers: the opportunity to replenish our inner resources, restore balance, and cultivate resilience in the face of life’s challenges. At its core, self-care is about honoring our own needs and prioritizing our health and happiness. What a concept!

One of the most potent tools in the self-care toolkit is massage therapy. Beyond mere relaxation, massage therapy provides many benefits for both the body and the mind. From easing muscle tension and promoting circulation to reducing stress and improving sleep quality, regular massage can be a game-changer in maintaining overall wellness. Moreover, the therapeutic touch of massage fosters a deeper sense of connection with oneself, encouraging mindfulness and self-awareness. Have you considered an appointment with CC Young’s massage therapy team?

If not, remember that self-care isn’t limited to massage therapy alone. Holistic approaches to wellness encompass a wide range of practices that address the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Reiki, for instance, is a Japanese energy healing technique that channels universal life force energy to promote healing and balance. Sound healing, on the other hand, harnesses the power of sound vibrations to induce relaxation, reduce anxiety, and enhance emotional well-being. CC Young is offering these two modalities on a trial basis in the health center this month. They, along with other better known practices like yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy, offer a diverse pathway to self-discovery and self-healing.

June marks a significant milestone for our CC Young family, as we launch the 2024 “Go for the Gold” Wellness Challenge. This initiative invites residents and staff alike to step outside their comfort zone, dip their toes into the pool of self-care, and embark on a journey of personal transformation. Whether it’s committing to a daily meditation practice, attending a Reiki session, or simply taking time to savor a soothing cup of herbal tea, the Wellness Challenge encourages individuals to explore what self-care means to them and how it can enrich their lives. For some of our staff and residents, starting anything will be 100% more than they are doing now! So, with our Wellness Challenge, we have tremendous opportunity to transform ourselves and our campus.

Self-care is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It’s about finding what nourishes your body, uplifts your spirit, and soothes your soul. By embracing holistic approaches to wellness and making self-care a priority, we can unlock the golden touch within ourselves—the power to cultivate a life of vitality, joy, and fulfillment. So let’s seize the opportunity this June to embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-care, and let the golden glow of well-being illuminate our path forward!

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