We appreciate the article today in the Grant County Herald Independent covering Unified Community Services being one of only two governmental entities recognized in the State of Wisconsin as a “Vets Ready Employer!”
Some important, practical tips can help minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. These tips may even help you enjoy the holidays more than expected. See below for an article by Peter Reisner MD. The source of the article is linked below.
Through the endless parties, cooking, shopping and cleaning, try taking one of 9 steps to ensure you have a stress-free holiday:
1. Plan ahead.
Between co-workers, friends and family, it’s inevitable that some commitments will end up on the same day. Make sure to plan on what you can attend in person or virtually. If you’re hosting the holidays, create a menu to help you stay organized and make grocery shopping easier.
2. Say no.
With holiday commitments, it is OK to say no to a few or all of them. It also will help relieve some stress. Try sharing your to-do list with other family members.
3. Plan spending.
The holidays mean spending money. Make a budget and stick to it. Spending money on your loved ones is important, but it’s also important to pay your energy bill. Don’t buy gifts that you’ll be paying off for the rest of the year.
4. Create relaxing surroundings.
Turn on some music, light some candles or open the windows on a sunny day. Research has found that listening to music and the scent of citrus can boost feelings of well-being, and vitamin D is always a happiness booster.
5. Maintain healthy habits.
The holidays are notorious for ruining healthy habits. A short workout each morning will help your decision-making throughout the day. Encourage your family to try snow shoeing or sledding to get in extra exercise. Eat healthy snacks like fresh fruit or vegetables throughout the season and to fill up before a dinner party or celebration with tempting, but unhealthy, foods.
6. Share feelings.
Spending a holiday after a loss in the family can be difficult. Accept your feelings and open up about them to others. It may make you feel better to share. Try to switch up old traditions to ease the loss.
7. Respect differences.
Family members will have different viewpoints than your own. Try your best to forgive and forget this holiday season. Focus on your similarities, and replace tension with something productive.
8. Be realistic.
You are only one person, and you can only do so much. Be realistic with how much you can handle this season. Forget about perfection, and relax and enjoy the company surrounding you.
9. Take a break.
Don’t forget about your own needs. Take a nap, go for a short walk, read a book or watch a funny movie. Laughing relaxes the whole body, and can relieve physical tension and stress.
Holidays are meant to be a fun, enjoyable time with friends and family. These tips can help ensure you truly enjoy your holidays when stress starts to set in.
We’re grateful for our compassionate, intelligent, and driven staff who daily dedicate themselves to preserving life and improving quality of life for those facing tremendous challenges.
We’re grateful for the community partners we have the privilege of working with in order to meet the needs of those we seek to serve. It’s an honor to be part of experiencing your service, bravery, and dedication.
We’re grateful for the clients who come to us for support. We strive to meet your needs in knowledgeable, empowering, compassionate, and creative ways.
We’re grateful to serve Iowa and Grant Counties.
We’re committed to honoring your trust.
We hope during this holiday week you’re able to experience gratitude for the good in your life. We wanted to take some time to say the words we often feel.
Governor Evers and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded 17 organizations in the State of Wisconsin an award for being Veteran ready. Unified Community Services was among the 2023 Gold Award winners listed as their fiscal agent Grant County. The DWD initiative, called Vets Ready, awards organizations that “build a support system for Veterans within their workplace, hire and retain more Veterans, and connect to Veterans in the community and their families. Every year the Department of Workforce Development recognizes businesses who have gone above and beyond for the Veteran workforce.”
One unique focus of the Unified Community Service plan is to include military spouses in the support as they most certainly serve and rarely receive recognition worthy of their sacrifices during and long after the uniform is worn.
With deep gratitude we thank all Veterans, their spouses, and families.
The InHealth Community Wellness Clinic can help you with up to $750.00 for your dental care if you live in Richland, Vernon, Crawford or Grant County as long as Grant funds are available.
All help is on a first come first serve basis so call soon.
All patients must:
– Call the InHealth Community Wellness Clinic for an appointment at 608-375-4324. Leave your name, phone number where we can reach you and mention you would like to get a dental appointment. (Clinic is open on Monday and Wednesdays, but you can leave a message any time.) OR
– Come in to the Clinic at 109 East Bluff Street (lower level in the back of the building) in Boscobel, WI on Monday or Wednesday 9:00 to 5:00 to fill out paperwork for a referral.
– If pain is present the Clinic Coordinator will help you see a doctor for free to get a prescription for antibiotics. All prescriptions have a $6.00 co-pay.
– Our Clinic Coordinator will help dental patients set up an appointment with a dentist at that time.
– We can help all patients with up to $750.00 toward their dental expenses.
– All payments from the Free Clinic are made directly to the dentist after work is completed.
– All dental patients MUST show up to their dental appointments if they are being referred by our clinic or Grant money will default to the next patient in need.
– Any patient that has Badgercare, Forward Health or Medicaid but can’t find a dentist, can get a referral through the clinic to a dentist in Madison. Free Clinic patients will receive priority.
– Remember: InHealth Community Dental Program is available to people of any age in need in Grant, Crawford, Vernon and Richland Counties