“We are stronger as a bundle than a twig.”

Road to Recovery – Haldimand is a team of community volunteers concerned by the rise of substance abuse in Haldimand County and the catastrophic affect addiction has on community members, their families and friends. Karen Prine, Board Chair of Road to Recovery says, Part of RRH’s mandate is connecting with individuals in safe and supportive spaces to learn healthy and empowering ways to care for themselves.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has, as we all know, isolated so many of us from our friends, family and support systems. This contributes to higher levels of stress and anxiety and can lead to increased incidents of substance abuse. Working to provide options to help with recovery, RRH has increased their online community presence, something Nova Mutual is proud to support. Road to Recovery Haldimand hosted Zoom sessions on Indigenous shakers, a drum, and paddle workshop in the name of giving participants a chance to connect with themselves and the mindfulness benefits that come with making art. 

If you or a loved one is suffering, RRH recommends taking these simple steps to improve your wellness:  

  • Get Outside – Time spent outdoors may have a positive impact on your mental health. Reducing anxiety and boosting your mood are just two of the benefits linked with spending time in nature. 
  • Get Moving – Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins.  
  • Get a Book – Reading has been shown to put our brains into a state similar to meditation and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Reading can also help individuals sleep better and reduce stress levels. 
  • Get (virtually) Social – Social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. 
  • Get Help – Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. It is important to remember that treatment is effective! People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives. RRH invites you to reach out and recommends these resources for stress and mental health

 …and remember We are stronger as a bundle than a twig”. 

Written by blog contributor, Jessica Lymburner, Executive Administrator @novamutual