Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards, a more successful existence. – The National Wellness Institute
We encourage cadets to strive for balance and well-being through the use of our various wellness services.
People who are mentally healthy feel good about themselves and others. Having good mental health means being able to deal with the demands, challenges, and changes in everyday life. Regardless of age, race, sex, or status, everybody is subject to emotional upset. Feeling angry, down, or anxious is a normal reaction to life events and these emotions tend to come and go often. However, when these emotions persist for weeks or months, and begin to interfere with daily life, it may be a sign that professional help could be beneficial.
10 characteristics of people who are mentally healthy:
- They feel good about themselves
- They do not become overwhelmed by emotions, such as fear, anger, love, jealousy, guilt, or anxiety
- They have lasting and satisfying personal relationships
- They feel comfortable with other people
- They can laugh at themselves and with others
- They have respect for themselves and for others even if there are differences
- They are able to accept life's disappointments
- They can meet life's demands and handle their problems when they arise
- They make their own decisions
- They shape their environment whenever possible and adjust to it when necessary
(provided by Mental Health America)
Heart Rate Variability / Heart Rhythm Coherence Biofeedback Training
Heart rhythm feedback training, or heart rhythm coherence biofeedback, helps cadets to learn to self-generate states of sustained positive emotions and increased physiological coherence, thereby reducing stress and improving health, emotional wellbeing, and performance. The CCC has multiple computer programs that provide biofeedback of heart rate variability/coherence: HeartMath’s emWave® Pro.
Heart rhythm patterns can become erratic and disordered during experiences of negative emotions such as anger, frustration, anxiety, or stress. During these times, branches of the autonomic nervous system, the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches, become less in sync. In contrast, when individuals experience positive states such as gratitude, love, appreciation, and compassion, hearty rhythms become coherent and in sync.
HeartMath’s programs have been applied to the treatment of stress and anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Defecit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, and fatigue and are used to improve academic and sports performance.
Light therapy involves daily, scheduled exposure to intense levels of artificial light and is used to regulate seasonal mood swings, improve sleep patterns, and enhance feelings of well-being. Not only is light therapy beneficial for seasonal affective disorder, but also for the treatment of chronic non-seasonal depression. The light therapy box is recommended for use in intervals of 20 to 30 minutes which compares to the level of exposure an individual would receive on a walk outside on a sunny day. During light therapy, cadets can read, listen to music, practice mindfulness, work on a computer, or simply relax. Light therapy is not intended for use by everyone; cadets with symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, currently on prescription medications, a history of eye conditions, should speak with a physician prior to beginning light therapy.
Various resource materials and self-help books are available for loan at the CCC. You are invited to come explore the resource library and pick out materials of interest.