by Karen Bachand
Mindfulness is a simple, safe, free and non-invasive, yet powerful self-help technique that can be used to feel better and to stay well. It can be successfully and easily used in all kinds of situations. Although you may find it difficult at first, with daily practice it can become a habit that you can include in your Wellness Toolbox and in your WRAP action plans.
I cannot say that I really understood how I had a major downfall, both physically and, then, mentally, especially when I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression. What lay before me, every day, was a plethora of symptoms – feeling as if a cocoon lay over me with small holes I eventually punctured that let in tiny rays of light, e.g. hope. Every day was drudgery and the main advice I received was to “take it one day at a time.” I wondered which would be the magic day I’d wake up and find myself whole again? So I tried to wait it out. Much later on my sister, Marguerite, found treatment for me and I began paintings through the ups and downs of my illness with my fellow travelers. Wellness was discussed in terms of being able to resume my career. I accepted the responsibility to take on this persistent health challenge.
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“What protocols do you recommend regarding establishing strong boundaries in Peer Support relationships that maintain proper self-care for yourself?”
“What’s the difference between the WRAP and Peers Support Handbook & the old peer book?”
These are only some of the questions addressed by Mary Ellen Copeland during last week’s engaging and informative webinar on The Concepts and Process of WRAP and Peer Support. In addition to the energetic Q&A session, Mary Ellen discussed the development of WRAP and Peer Support, shared some of her own personal experiences and provided many examples to help others move forward in their wellness journey.
WRAP has truly been a Peer Support initiative from its beginning, when developed in 1997 by a group of Peers who knew that Moving Forward and enjoyment of life was possible. There are many reasons why combining WRAP and Peer Support create such a magical result. Read More