Virtual event invites community members to learn techniques for healthier living and easing stress 

New York, NY – During this turbulent year, many are facing unprecedented stress due to the current state of the world, from health and economic concerns to anxiety about returning to work and school. Considering the dizzying pace of life right now, self-care is more critical than ever for everyone, especially vulnerable populations such as those in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. To uplift community members, Mountainside treatment center is hosting a virtual event intended to help participants learn how to strengthen their physical, mental, and emotional health.

The pandemic is anticipated to take a devastating toll on Americans’ mental health, and signs already point to an increase in maladaptive coping mechanisms in response to the stress and isolation associated with COVID-19. The risk of relapse is higher among people in recovery due to COVID-19, as social distancing recommendations have complicated their ability to maintain contact with a support network, a major component of sustained sobriety. From March to June, alcohol sales rose by 27 percent. Even more alarmingly, drug-related deaths have risen by 13 percent thus far in 2020 compared to last year, according to The New York Times.

To help community members cope with stress and handle life’s challenges one day at a time, Mountainside will host a virtual event on September 12th designed to provide the building blocks for having a healthier frame of mind in the face of change. “The Art of Living Well” will take place from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM and is open to all who are interested in learning techniques to nurture their mind, body, and spirit. The virtual event will feature Mountainside wellness experts leading six dynamic and informative lifestyle workshops, which will cover:

·       The basics for relieving stress using essential oils and acupressure, guided by a licensed acupuncturist  

·       Advice from horticulture experts for reaping the mental health benefits of gardening

·       Tips from a certified dietitian-nutritionist for eating to boost energy and mood

·       Career search advice and finding work-life balance, featuring credentialed recovery coaches

·       How to look your best and feel confident, featuring a Project Runway stylist

·       The keys to feeling empowered and embracing the authentic self from a licensed therapist

All ticket sales from “The Art of Living” will be donated to a local community organization supporting underserved community members and helping them create a brighter tomorrow. The event will be a celebration of Recovery Month, raising awareness of those currently struggling with substance use disorders as well as all who have successfully overcome them. People in recovery from addiction can especially benefit from practices that target total well-being.

“The Art of Living Well” is presented by Mountainside Chelsea, which celebrates its first anniversary in September serving as a hub for recovery in Manhattan. The recovery resource center is committed to educating the community, connecting individuals in recovery, and raising awareness about substance use disorders.

Those interested in learning more about “The Art of Living Well” event should visit: https://mountainside.com/events/virtual-events/virtual-recovery-month-celebration

Virtual and in-person events presented by Mountainside Chelsea are updated regularly here: https://mountainside.com/locations/nyc-chelsea

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Mountainside Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety. Learn more about Mountainside at mountainside.com.