Highland Presybyterian Church

Congregational Nurse

nurseWe are delighted to welcome long-time Highland member Susan Doughton to her new role of Congregational Nurse. Susan officially began this ministry among us with her commissioning on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Susan’s training as a Congregational Nurse, through a program of The Shepherd’s Center, enables her to minister holistically to individuals and families in our congregation to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit. She will not be a direct service provider, rather she will serve as a steward of our congregation’s health. In the months to come we will share more information about Susan’s new role among us, including office hours and contact information.

Each month our Congregational Nurse will share a health column here (see below) and in Highlights. She will also have a bulletin board in the Gallery Hall with additional health information. Susan will be available for conversation in her office (in our church Library) on most Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Notes from Our Congregational Nurse

With summertime right around the corner, let’s talk about another way to nurture our body, mind and spirit, and that is “play.” One definition of play is “to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” The importance of play transcends all ages. It is as valuable for adults as it is for children. Playing is a way to fuel your imagination, increase creativity and promote problem solving. Play can enhance your emotional and physical well-being.

Adult play is a time to put aside obligations, commitments and worries and to be social in an unstructured way. It can be just hanging with friends, playing Frisbee, going for a leisurely bike ride, playing board games, puzzles, or charades. Play is any activity that brings you joy and helps you be mindful of the moment instead of worrying about the next thing on your to-do list. 

Playing card and strategy board games, and completing puzzles can challenge the brain and help with memory. As in childhood, play can help improve and refine social skills such as verbal communication, teamwork, and cooperation. Simply interacting in a playful manner can improve mood by releasing endorphins, the body’s feel good chemicals.  Play can stimulate your imagination, help you adapt to a situation and problem solve. Even many workplaces are recognizing the link between a fun work environment and productivity by providing social activities and game rooms for employees.

The important point is that play is essential for our overall physical and emotional health. Remember all the things that gave us joy as children. Play cards, games, fly a kite, ride a bike, toss a frisbee or ball, play with pets or go to the park or playground with children.  Tell jokes or funny stories. These moments of fun and laughter truly can improve your health! I wish you all a happy and playful summer!

Blessings ~ Susan Doughton


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