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 a fact of life. It’s the tension you feel when faced with a new or difficult situation. Ongoing stress can add up. It can hurt your physical and mental health and affect your relationships with friends and family.

What best describes how you handle stress?

I have a good handle on how to relieve my stress, but I’m always open to new ways to relax. I am stressed out a lot and need some coping skills.
That’s awesome! Reducing stress can be as easy as getting enough sleep or finding time to have a little fun every day. For more great ways to deal with stress, check out these links:

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 to deal with, but it can be managed. Having a stress-checklist to help you make positive choices can go a long way.

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. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It can hurt your physical and mental health and affect your relationships with friends and family.

Are you extremely worried about everything in your life, even if there is no reason to be?

I have anxiety, and I cope with it, but I could use more tips. Yes, I feel worried about everything in my life.
Sounds like you’re doing great, but who couldn’t use a little extra help, right? 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.
That’s ok. You’re not alone. The key is figuring out the best ways to help yourself relax. Here’s a great place to start: 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 how much energy our body has in terms of being able to do the things we need to do on a day-to-day basis. Physical energy is an important part of overall health and living a proactive, positive life.

Do you have enough energy to get through the day?

I feel energetic, but I want to know how I can feel even better. I struggle to have enough energy to get through the day.
Good for you! If you want to take your energy to the next level, try these natural ways to improve your energy: 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

 
Life can be pretty draining sometimes. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do 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. Find meaning in life events, demonstrate individual purpose, and love a life that reflects your values and beliefs. Spiritual resources are practices, beliefs, objects, and or relationships that people often turn to for help in times of crisis or concern.

Do you know what spiritual resources are available to you?

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 naturally processes most of the food you eat into sugar. This sugar travels through your bloodstream and is transferred to your cells by a chemical called insulin. Diabetes means you have too much sugar in your blood because the insulin is not transferring the sugars properly.

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.
Diabetes can be managed. Talk to your treatment team for assistance in improving your control. Get Tips for Controlling Diabetes. Better to be safe: Know the Signs of Diabetes
Fantastic. It probably means you’re free and clear, but it’s important to know the signs in order to catch it early. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Learn the Signs of Diabetes.

7. Good nutrition is key to looking and feeling your best. Along with that, physical activity gives you energy and keeps you at a healthy weight.

Do you know how much food is good for you?

Yes, I make good food choices, but I could always use more tips. No, I don’t know very much about nutrition.
Wonderful! Healthy eating can go a long way toward 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.
That’s okay, there’s no better time to start than today! 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. Sleep is important to improve your well-being. On average, an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Consistent lack of sleep can have serious consequences.

Are you getting enough sleep every night?

No, I have difficulty sleeping. Yes, but I would like to sleep even better.
I bet you’re tired of being tired. Here’s how to 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
We all need our beauty rest. Ready to sleep like a baby again? 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. Good dental habits protect your teeth and gums from many oral diseases. They may help you avoid other serious health problems, such as heart disease, too.

Do you take good care of your teeth?

I could probably use some help. Yes, but my mouth can always be cleaner.
Not to worry, help is on the way. Improving your dental hygiene 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 the spirit! Now let’s make those teeth really shine. 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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