Paterson Alumnae Hosts EmpowerHER Women And Mental Health Empowerment Through Stressful Times
Submitted by Tanisha E. Tuck
Paterson Alumnae Chapter did it again! On May 29, PAC held another community webinar; this time focusing on the five-point programmatic thrust of Physical and Mental Health.
Three presenters, all Deltas by the way, Dr. Latoya Gaines, PsyD, Dr. Erica N. Stewart, PsyD and Tanisha E. Tuck, LSW seamlessly wove together, how the mind, body and spirit interact and the connection to mental health.
Ms. Tuck, took the audience to church, with a flare and some humor to explain what role faith plays in your mental health and ways to maintain it in difficult times. Did you know that prayer and other faith and/or spiritual activities can balance out the fight or flight response? The next time you’re feeling anxious, pause and begin to pray. Witness your heart rate slowing down and your body begin to relax. Worship, praise, prayer and meditation are some of the ways that we can build resilience. She reminded all not to give up and to hold on to their faith.
Dr. Stewart, reminded everyone of those things that they know but sometimes, just choose not to do. You know, the eating, sleeping and exercise habits. Participants learned that they might be unable to fall asleep because of caffeine in their system. Caffeine can remain in your bodies for up to 12 hours. Lack of the appropriate amount of rest will affect your mental state; leaving you feeling lethargic, unable to think, moody or irritable and even down at times. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Stay away from social media, email and the television before you go to sleep. Give your mind a break. By the way, that glass of wine that you drank to relax you; sure, it relaxes you temporarily but you won’t stay asleep. Take heed and sleep well. Your mind depends on it.
Dr. Gaines explained the connections your minds make and the most common mental health presentations that mental health professionals see; depression, anxiety and stress. She gave everyone the triangle of Think…Feel…Do. What are you thinking about? How are you feeling? What are you doing (your behavior)? Participants were thoroughly informed of feelings, patterns and their behaviors and how to identify a possible problem. They walked away with a glimpse into meeting with a therapist. All even received a free therapy session right on the webinar.
Each presenter elicited great questions from the audience, demonstrating that the audience was completely engaged. More than 40 participants stayed on until the very end. To top it all off, Dr. Stewart ended with a brief video exercise of mindfulness to relax everyone before logging off.
Participants were uplifted, gained insight on sleeping and eating habits and knowledge about feelings and behaviors. All were encouraged and recharged!
Paterson Alumnae Chapter cannot stress the importance of mental health enough. The mind, body and spirit work together in harmony to create an overall healthy you.
and Submitted by Tanisha E. Tuck Paterson Alumnae Chapter did it again! On May 29, PAC held another community webinar; this time focusing on the five-point programmatic thrust of Physical and Mental Health. Three presenters, all Deltas by the way, Dr. Latoya Gaines, PsyD, Dr. Erica N. Stewart, PsyD and Tanisha E. Tuck, LSW seamlessly …