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A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and are continuing to find ways to celebrate Park and Recreation Month!

As we find ways to stay active this summer in our community and department, it is important to keep in mind that mental health is just as essential as physical health. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is key to living a healthy life. Below I discuss three ideas that you can share with your department and community to maintain a healthy mind during the busy summer months.

According to Health, spending 30 minutes outside can positively boost your mood. Make it a goal to take a morning stroll, a mid-day walk, or lunch in a nearby park. Finding ways to spend time outside, no matter how busy you get, will improve your overall personal health. A second idea is to create a day-to-day personal list. Think of one or two activities that would make you happy. Whether that is reading out on the back patio, yoga after work, or taking your children to the park, find things that will make you enjoy your day. Lastly, when you are not at work, focus on switching to “vacation mode.” That way your mind will switch to busy-life mode to patient and carefree. This mindset will help reduce stress and tension during your day-to-day errands. Remember, the key is finding ways every day to help reduce stress and create a happier, stronger and healthier life. Concentrate on both you physical and mental life to lead a complete and healthy lifestyle.


A quick reminder that the National Recreation and Park Association is bringing back the 80’s by challenging the nation to rock Park and Recreation Month 80’s style. The contest is lasting all of July, so there is plenty of time to get your community involved in the 80’s challenge. Connecting the NRPA 80’s challenge, NCRP wants your department to take the lead! It is the last month for the #MeinMyPark challenge. The #MeinMyPark challenge, ending August 1st, 2015 is asking your department, individuals and communities to post pictures to social media while at their community park using hashtag #MeinMyPark. We will be selecting the best pictures that represent a creative and engaging way of demonstrating a healthy life while using park systems. To add a twist, during the month of July focus on the 80’s theme in the park! Read my past blog for ideas to get involved!

If you have any ideas on creating a healthier and sound mindset then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:  (colleen@ncrpa.net



Tags:  #MeinMyPark  mental health  wellness 

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