We Follow a Wellness Approach
The Wellness approach provides our clients with the ability and skills to embrace life and develop a balanced lifestyle that decrease the chances of relapse and allow them to thrive.
- Wellness does not indicate the absence of illness but rather encourages an integration of mind, body and spirit so that a sense of balance and harmony in life is experienced that supports wellbeing.
- Developing a wellness lifestyle will provide clients with the opportunity to revitalize and re-energize themselves so that they can continue to thrive in the face of ongoing external & internal challenges of life, preparing them to cope with the changes that tomorrow inevitably brings.
- Medical conditions are not a one-dimensional phenomenon. Chronic medical conditions not only affect an individual’s occupations but also their physical, social, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. A wellness lifestyle hence does not require one to be free of all stress or medical conditions in order to thrive.
- Getting rid of sadness, anxiety, anger, etc. does not produce a happy person, it leaves a person empty. Hence focusing on building skills that improve relationships, enhance meaning and engagement in life and produce more positive emotions becomes important.
We follow a Client Centred Approach
To support and enhance the Wellness approach, we have a client-centred focus that ensures that our clients are at the centre of decisions which relate to their life and we collaborate with them to effect change and decrease the chances of relapse.
- We utilise the individual’s own unique resources for self-understanding and personal abilities to work on self-awareness, attitudes and behaviour that promote and support healing. This ensures (buy-in) participation from the clients that yields results sooner and can foster permanent change.
- Our aim is to understand each client’s unique wants and needs to live their own, personally defined, quality life, and then to provide the support needed to achieve personal goals.
We utilise Experiential Learning
Our daily program utilise the principles of experiential learning – the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.
Experiential learning assists clients in making sense of- and internalizing information that is given to them, hence it consolidates knowledge shared that could result in permanent change.
There are many benefits of experiential learning, including:
- Opportunity to immediately apply knowledge.
- Improve motivation.
- Opportunity for reflection. This is a very valuable tool because people retain information better when they can be mindful and aware of what’s happening to them.
- Simulating the “real world” in practice in a safe environment
Some of the tools we use that contributes to change
To achieve the value-add for our clients, our approach is based on 3 primary principles:
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
Important TLCs include exercise, nutrition and diet, supportive relationships, recreation, relaxation, meditation and stress management, religious or spiritual involvement and service to others.
TLCs offer significant secondary benefits to clients, such as improvements in physical health, self-esteem, and quality of life (Deslandes et al., 2009).
Many TLCs—such as meditation, relaxation, recreation, and time in nature are enjoyable and may therefore become healthy self-sustaining habits (Di- donna, 2009).
Many TLCs not only reduce psychopathology but can also enhance health and well-being.
Exposing people to nature leaves them with clear, practical mental pictures of knowledge obtained and gives them the opportunity to experience activities they can include in their lifestyle going forward to enable them to thrive.
The biophiliahypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.
Psychological responses to nature involves feelings of pleasure, sustained attention or interest, ´relaxed wakefulness´, less negative emotions such as anger and anxiety (Rohde and Kendle, 1994).
Restorative natural environments assist in dissolving of mental fatigue and regaining perspective, which in turns leads to enhanced well-being and lowered chance of relapse.
We DO NOT believe in a one size fits all approach and hence offer specialised, separate programs for mental health related conditions as well as addiction challenges seeing that it requires different approaches and skill sets. Both our mental health and addiction recovery programs are aligned with this, utilising Experiential learning.
Our approach instills accountability and taking responsibility for one’s own choices and subsequent consequences.
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8 Dimensions Of Wellness
- Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being.
- Being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment.
- Managing your resources to live within your means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and preparing for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.
- Being aware that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are unique and cannot be compared.
- Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle.
- Contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding.
- Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you.
- Contributing to your community.
- Caring for your body to stay healthy now and in the future.
- Recognising the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.
- Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes.
- Feeling positive and enthusiastic about your life.
- Appreciating the feelings of others.
- Managing your emotions in a constructive way.
- Growing intellectually, maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges.
- Expanding knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing your gifts with others.
- Finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life with or without organized religion.
- Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values.
- Demonstrating commitment to a healthy planet.
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