Lepage Associates Newsletter
Mental Health Matters April 2008
Lepage Associates
 
Call: (919) 572-0000
 
In This Issue
Groups
Health and Happiness Fair
Laughing for Your Health
Tips for Happy Roommates
Groups 
 
Sutton Station
Health and Happiness Fair
 
Promoting Individual 
and
Family Well-Being

 

Not your run-of-the-mill fair

This wellness fair will focus broadly on both physical and emotional health for individuals of all ages, as well as families.
 

We hope to Inform through Fun with interesting handouts, demonstrations, a silent auction, presentations, videos, and activities.

 

Please join us for an afternoon of community outreach to raise public awareness of health and/or happiness issues. This is a non-profit public community outreach event: all proceeds of the silent auction will go to NAMI.

 
Co-Sponsored by Lepage Associates
Solution-Based Psychological Services and
the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
 

Date:  Friday, May 2, 2008

Time:  11:00am to 2:00pm
Place: Commons at Sutton Station
(Rain date: May 9th)

 

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Lepage Associates now accepts credit cards. We hope this simplifies services for our clients. If you have questions please feel free to contact us.

 

Greetings!

Thinking about spring cleaning? How about a personal or relationship overhaul? Check out our groups and tips for happy roommate relationships. Or, in honor of April Fool's day, laugh for your health.
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Laughing
for Your Health
 

Whether you played an April Fools' joke on someone, or you were the target of a prank, you benefited from April Fools' Day in more ways than you realize if you had a good belly laugh as a result. Laughing provides many physical and emotional benefits. According to Humor and Health Journal, laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases immune function, releases endorphins, and produces a general sense of well-being. Laughing also provides a workout for the diaphragm and increases oxygen flow providing a cleansing effect similar to deep breathing. By finding the humor in situations, we are guarding against interpreting these situations as threatening or challenging, which will only serve to increase the distress we feel. By making light out of a situation, we may feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Not bad considering laughing is free and has no unpleasant side effects!

 

Need more humor in your life? Start your day off on a healthy and happy note by listening to comedy on your way to work (and guard against stress from traffic too!). Watch a sit-com. Have a tickle-fest with your children. Look for the silly in things. Set aside time to allow yourself to laugh if you need to (there are actual "laughing clubs" in India that meet just for this purpose!). Take note of the unexpected or humorous things around you and share it with a friend.  Try subscribing to a free online joke-of-the-day website. Share these jokes with your family at dinnertime so the whole family can benefit from laughter.

Tips for Happy Roommates

 

Families are used to the ebb and flow of relationships, and have their love for one another to rely on in more difficult times. However, no one really discusses how this works with roommates. For young adults, our roommates may be our friends or they may be strangers. How do we get along with someone who we are not as familiar with or "required" to love? If you are looking for ways to make repairs in your relationship, here are some tips for getting along with your roommate(s).

  1. Choose your roommate well. Evaluate whether you would want to be friends with your roommate. Do your personalities and values mesh? Do you have shared interests?
  2. Treat your roommate as you want to be treated. Treat each other with respect.
  3. Respect each other's space. Even if you think your roommate won't mind that you borrow a CD, make sure you ask before going into someone's room. You probably don't want your roommate rummaging through the drawer next to your bed either.
  4. Work out an agreement for household chores and stick to it. Know your needs and stick up for them and expect your roommate will do the same.
  5. Plan to spend some time together doing something fun. This helps unite you as partners in your living space.
  6. Plan to spend some time apart. Nothing is worse than a clingy roommate who does not have their own friends.
  7. Know how to resolve conflict and solve problems as they arise. Avoiding confrontation about the dishes in the sink will just lead to resentment. Talk about your concerns and be willing to negotiate and make compromises.
  8. Develop an understanding around guests. How often are you comfortable having visitors and where will they stay? This can range from rowdy hook-ups in the middle of the night to long visits from family.

 

If you find these tips are not quite enough, it may help to use a mediator to solve problems that arise with your roommate. It is best to select a neutral party such as a neighbor, resident advisor, or therapist.