My Self

Every person is composed of body, mind, and spirit. But we usually just take care of the "body." It is important to take care of your "whole" self. Here are a few tips.

Top Ten Things You Can Do To Keep Yourself Happy

  • Spend time with people you like.
  • Get outside in the sun everyday if possible.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Volunteer or join an organization.
  • Don't worry too much.
  • Don't smoke or use drugs.
  • Exercise to relieve stress and improve your mood.
  • Spend time with pets.
  • Learn about good food and eat it.
  • Balance work, study and play.
  • "Know some joy in every day." (Nicholas Hobbs – The Troubled and Troubling Child).

USDA Food Pyramid

  • Eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Drink water – up to 8 glasses a day.
  • Snack wisely.
  • Try cooking instead of eating out – it can be healthier and cheaper.
  • Eat foods you like, but know serving sizes – be careful of "super-sized" portions.

Well-Being Resources
Most people do not think about finding a doctor until they need one. Usually they are in a big hurry like when you are hurt or suddenly feel ill. Finding a good doctor is very important so start now before you need one.

  • If you are using the WV Medical Card, it is important that you know your community and list potential health care providers before you need them (for example, getting sick!)
  • Contact the County WV Department of Health & Human Resources to find out which medical providers take the WV Medical Card (doctors, dentists, eye doctors, counselors, psychiatrists, etc.)
  • Contact the County Health Department – they offer medical services and referrals.
  • If you are covered under private insurance, contact the insurance agent to make sure you fully understand how your insurance works (how much coverage you have and what your financial responsibility may be, etc.)

When you find medical professionals you are comfortable with, keep a list of:

  • Physician, Dentist (and other) names, numbers and locations.
  • Any medications you take on a regular basis – prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Mental Health Provider contact information.