The benefits of self-help groups

Wellness is a lifestyle that incorporates a self-determined balance of healthy habits such as getting adequate sleep, eating nutritious foods, avoiding excess alcohol and recreational drugs, having a strong, support system, engaging in meaningful  activities,  doing  exercise,  etc.  Science  has  studied  the  fascinating  mind-body  connection  where  our  thoughts and feelings impact upon our immune system helping us to resist disease. Additionally, wellness behaviors such as proper exercise have a positively impact on our mental health. It would make sense that a group of people emotionally supporting one another in wellness would be truly beneficial.

Wellness-Focused Groups:

There exists a large variety of groups focused on specific areas of wellness.  These  include  weight  loss,  smoking  cessation, alcohol  or  drug  abuse,  diabetes  education,  stress  reduction, and all types of illnesses and disorders. These groups run the gamut of professionally-run educational groups to member-run group discussions on the emotional impact of the disease, to advocacy and/or community education groups focused on community education or prevention strategies.

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Wellness Activities:

Groups  for  arthritis,  weight  loss,  stroke,  diabetes  and  others  have  many  activities  to  help  patients feel better, gain strength or mobility, or to live better with the ailment.  Wellness activities assist people to manage their conditions, build strength and resilience and offer support and information.

Peer  Support  is  Stronger  than  Willpower.

Sharing  stories,  offering  suggestions  and  tools,  and  mentoring  have  been  found  to  promote  healthy  behaviours.  Support  groups  can  reinforce  healthful  changes  and  persuade  members  to  change  their  behaviour  in  order  to  live  a  fuller,  healthier  life.