Friday, 1 February 2013

Limestone Continuing Education

Hello everyone!

My name is Julia and I am a M.Sc Genetics candidate and my co-writer Paul is a fourth year health major, both at Queen’s University. We are peer educators for Limestone Community Education Centre, a place where people of all ages and abilities can earn their secondary school diplomas and other life skills.  

Our lessons are focused on health education for adults and tips for improving the quality of one’s life. Because health encompasses many different topics, we mainly focus on nutrition, mental and sexual health. Our style of teaching is more discussion-based than lecture-based because we find it more effective for adults to contribute their ideas and brainstorm. This also allows us to gauge where there may be gaps in their health education background, so we can strive to fill in those gaps in future lessons. This past week we taught the power of positive thinking, and we had a good response from the class. Some sub-topics included the health benefits of positive thinking and how to think in a more positive way.

The health benefits of positive thinking
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. 
  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

How to behave in a more positive and optimistic way:
  • Identify areas to change.
  • Check yourself periodically during the day.
  • Be open to humor.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Practice positive self-talk.

Next lesson we plan on diving a bit deeper into mental health and overcoming stigmas associated with mental health disorders.

Smile at yourself today J

Until next time,
Julia and Paul  

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