Congratulations to John Stanfield — Florida Presbyterian’s employee wellness star for the 4th quarter of 2018.
This quarter’s wellness star is a good example of how best to focus on the social and emotional side of wellness. Social is defined as the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world while establishing and maintaining positive relationships. The emotional dimension is defined as having the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring, such as stress or anger.
Positive leisure activities are an important component of a person’s overall wellness. Stanfield was selected as a wellness star due to his active participation in softball and fishing, both of which have a direct impact on the social and emotional dimensions of wellness.
“People who make recreation a priority are more likely to feel satisfied with their overall lives,” said Lisa Croff in a recent article on the Metroparks website. “According to an American Recreation Coalition Study, 90 percent of respondents who reported satisfaction with their overall lives also participated in regular, outdoor recreation.”
Leisure activities help improve mental health by providing opportunities to nurture oneself and manage stress. Stanfield says recreational activities are important to him for two reasons: they provide an opportunity to socialize and an outlet for stress relief.
Stanfield has played softball with the same teammates for three years. He says it’s a great sense of community being around the softball field and seeing the guys each week. “Playing on a team makes me feel like a kid again,” said Stanfield.
When it comes to fishing, Stanfield likes to fish with friends and alone. “It’s a great escape from work and a good stress reliever,” said Stanfield. He goes on to say that he relaxes when watching a sunset and enjoys the peacefulness of being still on the water. “It helps me to mentally recharge.”
When asked what wellness means to him, Stanfield said, “It’s about having a positive attitude, being happy, and feeling good about how you look and present yourself to others.” Wise words from our most recent employee wellness award winner.
Source, Lisa Croff, https://www.metroparks.com/importance-leisure-recreation-health/