Suicide Prevention

If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911. Any suicidal thought is a risk. HealthWest's crisis line is (231)-722-HELP.  Please call:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

(800) 273-TALK (8255)

HealthWest crisis helpline:

(231) 722-HELP (4357)

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Wellness Compass

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1. Stress is just a part of life. It’s that tension you feel when dealing with a new or difficult situation. Watch out, because stress can add up. Ongoing stress can hurt your physical and mental health. It also affects how you act with friends and family.

How are you at handling stress?

I’m good. I know how to relieve my stress. I am stressed out all the time and need to learn some coping skills.
Go you! Unwinding from a stressful day can be as easy as getting enough sleep or finding time to have a little fun. For more ways to deal with stress, check out the links below.

9 easy ways to reduce stress

12 ways to beat stress

Easy ways to manage stress

Ask about our yoga classes and other stress management opportunities at your next HealthWest visit.
Stress is tough, but you can handle it. Get yourself a stress-checklist so you can make positive choices when you’re stressed.

Get the Stress Management Checklist

More helpful resources

9 easy ways to reduce stress

12 ways to beat stress

Easy ways to manage stress

Ask about our yoga classes and other stress management opportunities at your next HealthWest visit!

2. Are you extremely worried about everything in your life, even if there is no reason to be? Then you’re probably dealing with anxiety. It can hurt your physical and mental health and affect your relationships with friends and family.

I deal with anxiety. How can I get better? I’m worried about everything in my life.
Sounds like you’re doing great. Here’s some ways to get better. Get the 5 Easy Steps to Anxiety Self-Help. Want more?

5 Tips for Anxiety Relief

Things to Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

Learn About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Ask for relaxation techniques at your next HealthWest visit.
It’s all good. What you have to do is figure out the best ways to help yourself relax. Try starting here. Get the 5 Tips for Anxiety Relief. Want more?

5 Easy Steps to Anxiety Self-Help

Things to Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

Learn About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Ask for relaxation techniques at your next HealthWest visit.

3. Physical energy is the drive you have to get up and go. Do you have enough energy to get through your day?

I have energy, but I want more. I don’t have enough energy to get through the day.
Go you! Take your energy to the next level with these natural energy-boosting techniques. Get the 5 Natural Ways to Improve Energy. You should also see:

6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy

3 Ways to Get More Energy

 
No energy? No problem! There are tons of simple ways to feel more energetic. Get the 6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy You should also see:

5 Natural Ways to Improve Energy

3 Ways to Get More Energy

4. You have to be yourself. Spiritual wellness means finding meaning in life, having a sense of purpose, and living by your values and beliefs. When in doubt, you can turn to spiritual resources. These practices, beliefs, objects, and/or relationships are what people often turn to for help when dealing with problems in life.

Do you know what spiritual resources you can get?

I know my spiritual resources and rely on them when I need help. What exactly are spiritual resources?
Good for you! See everything that goes into making someone spiritually well. Get the 6 Signs to Spiritual Wellness. Want to learn more? The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Health
Spiritual resources are the people and institutions you lean on for help with the “big” questions in life. Get the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Health. Want to learn more? The 6 Signs to Spiritual Wellness

5. Emotional wellness is the ability to experience, identify, manage, and share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way. If you are having difficulty recognizing and coping with emotions you feel, it may impact your attitudes, sense of self, relationships with others, and overall wellness.

Are you able to recognize, cope with, and express your emotions regularly?

Yes, I feel like I can handle my emotions each day. Sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I could use a little help.
Outstanding! Here are some ways to stay emotionally well. Get the 10 Golden Tips for Emotional Wellness. Want more? 10 Stress Reduction Tips
That’s ok, we can all use help with this sometimes. Check out these tips: Get the 10 Stress Reduction Tips. Want more? 10 Golden Tips for Emotional Wellness

6. Your body turns your food into sugar. The sugar travels through your blood and is transferred to your cells by a chemical called insulin. Diabetes means your blood sugar is out of balance because the insulin is not transferring the sugars properly. African Americans are at a greater risk for diabetes than most, so it’s important to know the signs.

Are you at risk for diabetes?

Yes, I have diabetes or have been told I am at risk. I’m not sure if I am at risk.
No worries, you’ve got this. Diabetes can be managed. See the information below and talk to your treatment team for assistance. Get Tips for Controlling Diabetes. Better to be safe: Know the Signs of Diabetes
African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to get diabetes. Knowing the signs and how to avoid diabetes is crucial. You’re probably free and clear, but it can’t hurt to be sure. Learn the Signs of Diabetes.

7. Want to look and feel your best? Then eat healthy! Throw in some physical activity along with it, and you’ll have more energy and stay fit.

Do you eat nutritious meals?

Yes, I try to be as healthy as I can. No, I don’t know a lot about nutrition.
Wonderful! Healthy eating can go a long way to improving your overall health. Want to know how to make a healthy meal every time? Get the 10 Tips for Building a Healthy Plate Need more? 5 Good Food Tips5 Small Meals per Day6 Foods That Fight PainGood vs. Bad CarbsQuick Combos: Grab-and-Go Morning MealsAsk for a “healthy plate” the next time you’re at HealthWest.
Well, what are you waiting for? Click the links below to learn more. Get 5 Easy Good Food Tips. Need more?   10 Tips for Building a Healthy Plate5 Small Meals per Day6 Foods That Fight PainGood vs. Bad CarbsQuick Combos: Grab-and-Go Morning MealsAsk for a “healthy plate” the next time you’re at HealthWest.

8. You’ve got to get sleep. If you don’t, your overall health will suffer. Most adults needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep can have some serious consequences.

Are you sleeping enough?

No, I don’t sleep very well. I sleep great.
You’re probably tired of being tired. Here are some ways you can get more restful sleep. Get the Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep Want to dive deeper into this topic? 15 Fundamentals of Sleep HygieneHow to Get a Better Night’s Rest
I’m glad you’re getting your beauty rest. Here’s more info so you can sleep even better. Get the 15 Fundamentals of Sleep Hygiene Want to dive deeper into this topic? Tips for a Good Night’s SleepHow to Get a Better Night’s Rest

9. You’ve got to have good dental habits. That’s how you protect your teeth and gums from many oral diseases. Taking care of your teeth can also help you avoid other serious health problems, such as heart disease.

Are you taking good care of your teeth?

Not really, I could use some help. Yes, I keep my pearly whites looking good.
Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Improving your dental health is simple! Get the 4 Easy Tips For Improving Your Dental Health. More resources: 11 Tips for Oral HealthTop Tips for TeethAsk for a new toothbrush at your next HealthWest visit.
That’s it! Here’s some other helpful tips you may not have known. Get the Top Teeth Tips. More resources: 11 Tips for Oral Health4 Easy Tips For Improving Your Dental HealthAsk for a new toothbrush at your next HealthWest visit.

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