Compeer Connections is a program designed to support wellness and recovery through activities that give participants a chance to relax, engage and socialize. Social connections are a major factor in peoples’ overall wellness, and social support has been proven to be critical in the process of mental health recovery. Mental Health Greensboro’s Compeer Connections program is designed to have multiple benefits for participants: First, the benefits that come with engaging in rewarding activities that promote health and wellness. Second, the benefits that come from getting out, socializing, meeting people and making new friends. And finally, the benefits of doing something fun!
Compeer activities are usually held on Tuesday afternoons, with one-off events occurring occasionally on other days. These activities are open to the public, anyone is free to join. No orientation or fee required. Bring a friend if you’d like!
Yoga / Meditation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Meditation comes in many forms, and has long been acknowledged as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating those claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). And while Yoga and Meditation are described separately meditation is an integral part of yoga. This Compeer activity incorporates mindfulness meditation and light yoga exercises for relaxation and stress relief. No special equipment or workout clothes are needed.
Healing Mind, Body, and Soul for a Better You
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm with Dr. Robert Merlin
This course will teach new techniques to deal with everyday life and its challenges. There will be discussions on how to find our purpose in life and how we can be happier with our self and others. Some classes will incorporate Hypno-Meditation to release stress and unwanted emotions that block us from moving forward in a positive direction. Learn how to get rid of negative self-talk to be kinder to yourself in talk and actions. We will tap into the power of our own minds to make lasting changes for a better life. Sometimes the fun will be increased with the use of Oracle Cards, the I-Ching, Rune Stones and other techniques to understand ourselves from a different prospective. Every class will consist of fun things to learn, say and do that will open up our minds and hearts to ourselves and the world around us.
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm with Eric Reiss
Often described as “meditation in motion,” there is growing evidence that this ancient mind-body practice has great value in maintaining wellness and preventing health problems. Tai Chi consists of slow, balanced, low impact movements with a focus on breathing, concentration, and muscle relaxation and control. Tai Chi is safe for people of all physical conditions, young or old, and is known to help improve balance and coordination, relaxation and sleep, and can even help relieve arthritis pain, control the side effects of diabetes, and reduce the risk of falls. No special equipment or workout clothes are needed for this activity.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Fridays, Peer-led
One of the ways to stay grounded and deal with any overwhelming emotions is to find a healthy outlet in which to express yourself. In the past 10 years, medical professionals and clinicians have come to recognize the therapeutic value of creative writing, with its potential for managing anxiety, reducing stress and providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors. Plus, it’s fun!