TotalWellbeing: May 2015

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May 2015:  Be Aware of Your EnvironmentalWellbeing

Wellness through Awareness!

Welcome to the May issue of TotalWellbeing! As summer is around the corner and we begin to shed our winter layers and enjoy the great outdoors we wanted to take a moment and talk about the relationship with the environment and our wellbeing. From global climate change and mass pollution, to local weather patterns and seasonal allergies, environmental wellbeing has far reaching effects on both the macro and micro scale. It is this near and far nature of the global environment, and its effect on peoples’ wellbeing all across the world that must be taken into account when we continue to interact with our own environment throughout our lives. To explore this dimension more closely please read The Path, below.

As always we invite you to check out the MINES blog to see latest discussions about well being topics and tips on staying healthy and stress free. For even more great resources be sure to explore the links to the left with important resources such as our LinkedIn showcase pages  and Balanced Living Magazine.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path

Environmental wellbeing is a hot topic these days, but its importance cannot be understated. The environment feeds us, gives us water to drink, provides the air we breathe, and more. If we want our environment to keep providing these things for us, we must take care of it and in turn the environment will continue to take care of us. The old saying “think globally, act locally” has never been more true. Always be aware of how your actions affect your local environment and in turn how your local environment contributes to the larger global scale of things. Because what affects your neighborhood’s stream, affects your state’s rivers, which then affect the world’s oceans.

Environmental Wellbeing resources:

The European Environment Agency has been researching how the natural environment can benefit our health and the importance of taking a broad systemic approach to environmental wellbeing. See what they have to say about this critical issue! Read Article Here

Ever wonder how your environment affects our repertory health, skin condition, or even cancer? Well the CDC certainly has. See what they say about some critical connections they have found between our health and environmental factors! Read CDC Report Here

 Chakra To Your Senses

Many cultures believe in Chakras (shock-ras) which are, simply put, energy centers in your body that govern various aspects of your physiology. We will stay away from the spiritual aspects of these and instead focus on the concept behind them to bring you more ways to nurture you body as well as mind. Click here to see a complete list of the 7 chakras and their properties.

Chakras to nurture this month: Crown and Third-Eye Chakras

In order to support your environmental wellbeing it will be important to be aware of and nurture your Root and Solar Plexus Chakras. The Root Chakra in the base of your spine, and the Solar Plexus Chakra located just above your naval, are your center will, motivation, vitality, sense of survival, grounding, and stability. These Chakras can be supported by doing things that invigorate your senses and that bring you a sense of satisfaction. Try things like going hiking or swimming outdoors, or by trying a new outdoor hobby that allows you to enjoy the natural world while also doing something personally satisfying. Now get out there, have fun, and be well!

 If you or a member of your household needs assistance or guidance on any of these wellbeing topics, please call MINES & Associates, your EAP, today for free, confidential, 24/7 assistance at 800.873.7138.
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TotalWellbeing: April 2015

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April 2015:  Be Aware of Your Intellectual Wellbeing

Wellness through Awareness!

Welcome to the April issue of TotalWellbeing! This month we’ve got our eyes on Intellectual Wellbeing. As with most of the areas of wellbeing we talk about, intellectual wellbeing is something that you cultivate and nurture throughout your entire life, constantly building on new ideas, experiences, and ways of thought. Practice makes perfect and intelligence is no exception. In order to expand your knowledge and nurture your brain, you have to step out of your comfort zone and seek out new ideas and fresh experiences. To explore this dimension more closely please read The Path, below.

Swing on over to the MINES blog to check out our latest post by Dr. Robert Mines which takes a look at incivility and bullying in the workplace. We can’t stress enough about the importance of creating a comfortable, trusting work environment where people feel safe. When employees have to work in fear of being bullied or discriminated against it is not only toxic to the company’s productivity, but the employees’ mental and physical wellbeing is also at risk.

Don’t forget to check out  important resources such as our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages to make sure you don’t miss anything.

 

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path

Intellectual wellbeing is something that you must use or loose. The brain is just like any other part of your body, if you fail to use it then it will atrophy. Intelligence is critical to understanding your place in the world, and making the world we live in a better place for all. So to truly nurture your intellect, you owe it to yourself to constantly seek out knowledge and be open to new ideas. Studying various subjects, talking to new people, learning a new language or instrument, and going out and seeing new places are all great ways to gain insight and shine a light on the corners of your brain that were once dark.

Intellectual Wellbeing resources: Check out what the neuroscience department of Macalester College has to say about the various types of intelligence and left vs. right brain interaction!Read Article Here

Jumpstart your own pursuit of knowledge with some tips from Wikihow.com on how to boost brain activity with everyday activities!

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 Chakra To Your Senses

Many cultures believe in Chakras (shock-ras) which are, simply put, energy centers in your body that govern various aspects of your physiology. We will stay away from the spiritual aspects of these and instead focus on the concept behind them to bring you more ways to nurture you body as well as mind. Click here to see a complete list of the 7 chakras and their properties.

Chakras to nurture this month: Crown and Third-Eye Chakras

In order to support your intellectual wellbeing it will be important to be aware of and nurture your Crown and Third-Eye Chakras. Located on the top of your head and in the middle of your head respectively, these energy centers act as your conduits for intelligence, wisdom, intuition, and perception, among many other aspects. You can nurture your Crown and Third-Eye Chakras by keeping your mind open to new ideas, by stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring new experiences, reading new books, and generally seeking out interests and hobbies. Now get out there, have fun, and be well!

 If you or a member of your household needs assistance or guidance on any of these wellbeing topics, please call MINES & Associates, your EAP, today for free, confidential, 24/7 assistance at 800.873.7138.
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Psychology of Performance #51: Incivility & Bullying in the Workplace

Incivility and bullying at work can have a significant negative impact on work performance. It is still a significant problem in many organizations and in society at large. Just this morning in the Denver Post was an article about a number of junior varsity baseball players at Columbine High School,  of all places given its history, who allegedly video recorded a racist rap routine after beating East High school in a game. For those of you not familiar with East High School, it is known for its diversity. These players were suspended for a range of days.  As a concerning example, the Columbine shootings were in part related to bullying.

This is not related to high schools as a workplace, nor just to adolescents. It continues into adulthood. There is unfortunately too much data on the results of incivility and bullying in the workplace. It can range from rude comments and insensitive actions, to physical acts including assault and battery, as well as from thoughtless intent to malicious intent; all of which result in physical or psychological harm to the recipient. The following are a quick synopsis of impact variables.

Business and personal costs to the individual

  • Business work performance problems
  • Quitting Job and Starting Over Somewhere Else
  • Stress related health costs increase
    • Stress
    • Negative emotions like fear, anger, anxiety, hatred
    • Loss of productivity to concentration issues, preoccupation with the situation, lost work time, sick time, presenteeism,
  • Shock
  • Guilt
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Decreased motivation
  • Physical complaints
  • 82% of employees targeted by bullies leave the workplace.
  • 38% who leave, do so for health issues
  • 72% of disrespectful behavior is done by those in leadership positions
  • 57% of targets are women.
  • 45% of targets had stress-related health problems
  • 39% had debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, and clinical depression
  • 30% had post traumatic stress
  • Physical headaches, cardiac, aches, weight change, CFS, TMJ, skin, asthma/allergies, IBS, hair loss, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, ulcers, fatigue.
  • Targets have a 64% chance of losing their job for no reason.
  • Despite health harm, 40% of targets never report bullying. It is even higher here.

Business cost of incivility and bullying

  • High turnover
  • Low productivity
  • Absenteeism
  • Benefits misused
  • Low morale
  • Poor public image, reputation damaged
  • Lawsuits
  • Organization’s values and policies compromised and violated
  • Financial viability reduced

For those who think incivility and bullying are over stated and not a problem, open your eyes to the following graphic on the continuum of behavior.

The Incivility Continuum

 

If you are not personally convinced that your organization needs to pay attention to the impact of incivility and bullying in your workplace the following information may help convince you and your organization to look more deeply into the reasons for addressing it through good management practices, policy, and culture changes.

Business Case for the organization to have a civil and safe environment

  • Healthier employees
  • Lower turnover
  • Higher productivity
  • Better financial viability

Business case for the individual

  • Safety
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Interaction effects with others
  • Career longevity
  • Job satisfaction
  • Positive morale

We all are interdependent with each other at all levels. Practically speaking, we all make our living together. What affects one of us, directly or indirectly affects all of us.

Remember to stay calm, centered and serene in your interactions with all those you meet today!

Robert A. Mines, Ph.D., CEO & Psychologist

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TotalWellbeing: March 2015

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March 2015:  Be Aware of Your Financial Wellbeing

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Welcome to the March issue of TotalWellbeing! This month we’re setting our sights on financial wellbeing. After all it is in the middle of tax season and finances are already on a lot of our minds. But that’s the thing about financial wellbeing; when are finances not on our minds? Financial wellbeing can be one of the biggest sources of stress in life. This is because much of our wellbeing in other areas of life is tied to our financial situation. But don’t be fooled, more is not always better. While it is critical to have enough money to cover basic needs for yourself and those that depend on you, more money does not always equate to increased happiness. To explore this dimension more closely please read The Path, below.

If you had your eye on the MINES blog last month, you may have had the pleasure of reading a very insightful look into the world of consumer-directed healthcare and the role of technology as we move forward into the unknown of the healthcare frontier. If you missed it, don’t worry you can still head over to our blog to check out parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Make sure to follow us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages to make sure you don’t miss anything, and share any wellbeing stories that you have by hitting one of the Share buttons above so that you can help bring wellbeing to others who may need some inspiration. The best wellbeing stories will be featured in the quarterly BalancedLiving Magazine and authors could also receive a $5 gift card! See you next time!

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path

Paying rent, buying food, saving up for something special, or paying off debt; these are just a few examples of common financial events that we might face on a day-to-day basis. From the time you start getting allowance as a child, to your first job as a teenager, your career as an adult, and onward to your retirement in the twilight years, money is something that must be managed throughout life and a lot of our happiness and wellbeing along the way is anchored to our successes and failures within the financial realm. The bright side is that much of our perception of financial success is in our minds. Once we have enough money to cover our basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, how much more money you need to be happy is up to you. Don’t listen to those who say the only metric for success is monetary. Figure out what you want and carve out your own path.

 Financial Wellbeing resources:Rising living expenses, high interest rates, unexpected expenditures, and loss of income are just some of the many reasons that you may find yourself in the midst of financial troubles. This article from Livestrong.com looks at the effects of money trouble on families and discusses some strategies to get your money in order and get back on track to financial wellbeing!

Read Article Here

If you are facing financial stress of your own or just want to brush up on the tools available to you, check out these 8 financial tools recommended by Betterment.com!

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 Chakra To Your Senses

Many cultures believe in Chakras (shock-ras) which are, simply put, energy centers in your body that govern various aspects of your physiology. We will stay away from the spiritual aspects of these and instead focus on the concept behind them to bring you more ways to nurture you body as well as mind. Click here to see a complete list of the 7 chakras and their properties.

Chakras to nurture this month: Root and Solar Plexus Chakras

In order to support your financial wellbeing it will be important to be aware of and nurture your Root and Solar Plexus Chakras. Located in the base of your spine and your belly respectively, the Root and Solar Plexus are your centers for willpower, motivation, survival, as well as stability, making these centers ideal for trusting your gut, keeping focused, and having the will to remain frugal with your spending. This one’s basically about good decision-making, so nurture these chakras by getting plenty of sleep, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, and reaching out to people you trust. Now get out there, have fun, and be well!

 If you or a member of your household needs assistance or guidance on any of these wellbeing topics, please call MINES & Associates, your EAP, today for free, confidential, 24/7 assistance at 800.873.7138.
 mines_logo_blue  MINES does not warrant the materials (Audio, Video, Text, Applications, or any other form of media or links) included in this communication have any connection to MINES & Associates, nor does MINES seek to endorse any entity by including these materials in this communication.  MINES accepts no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided herein, nor any additional content that may be made available through any third-party site. We found them helpful, and hope you do too!

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Health inSite: Consumer-directed Healthcare Part IV

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This is part IV in a four part series. Links for Part I, Part II, and Part III

There are numerous components that the sharing economy and new applications have developed that will likely make an impact on healthcare moving forward.

Two-step verification

One major integration point that social networks have started to implement is that of two-step verification. This allows for identifying an entry-point for any given social network so that if someone attempts to access your profile from a device that is not recognized there is a second layer of security. In the age of mobile, this has been helpful in beginning to lock down the username/password issue of the past. But there is more needed from this methodology. One day, either through bio-markers or technology insertion, such two-step verification might further button down security related to social networks.

Social sign-on

There are a number of sites that…

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Health inSite: Consumer-directed Healthcare Part III

Originally posted on xchangehealth:

This is part III in a four part series. Links for Part I, Part II, and Part IV

And now, we get to the purpose of this series. What does the sharing economy have to do with the consumer-directed healthcare system? First, let’s look at what is at the core of purchasing: economic offering.

Levels of economic offering

In their book The Experience Economy (I did a post on this too, forever ago!), Joe Pine and James Gilmore explain the value pyramid.

As products increase in differentiation (customization), a higher asking price for that product can generally be realized. In this way, value to the consumer comes in the ability to match the need with the offering and in healthcare, this means enabling smart, simple decisions.

In a consumer-directed healthcare system, shifting healthcare transactions to goods, rather than experience, and focusing the overall healthcare purchasing and…

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Health inSite: Consumer-directed Healthcare Part II

Originally posted on xchangehealth:

This is part II in a four part series. Links for Part I, Part III, and Part IV

Behavioral economics

The complexity of the healthcare system as it currently is already embroils patients in the very difficult position of having to make decisions with imperfect, nonexistent, and unintelligible data. When individuals are forced to make a decision in a situation where these factors are present, depending on the cognitive capacity of the individual (complexity of thought, for one – see Thinking, Fast and Slow), sometimes results in fast thinking that may include cognitive bias (errors). When this occurs, decisions are poorly conceived and may result in catastrophic results. For that reason, we need a single, comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative profile.

A personal profile/avatar

Which brings us to the core of a consumer-directed healthcare system’s BIG need. A longitudinal profile. The fantastic Jenn Dennard replied to a question posted…

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Health inSite: Consumer Directed Healthcare Part I

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Intro

I was recently invited to participate in an interview for Stride (on twitter), a developing local Health Information Technology ecosystem that is the first of its kind in scope and vision. I’ll let you check out their site for details and spare them here, but I was excited to participate in helping to promote this project as a local member of the Health IT community in Colorado. While reading through the questions that had been prepared, I was thinking about the way in which Stride is poised (intentionally) to disrupt our current healthcare delivery model by bringing together stakeholders from startups and the institutional healthcare system. As a company that’s been around for 35 years, MINES & Associates is certainly in that latter category in many respects; however, one of the reasons that I have decided to make MINES my home is that, as a company, we…

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TotalWellbeing: February 2015

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February 2015: Be Aware of Your Emotional Wellbeing

 

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Welcome to the February issue of TotalWellbeing! This month we’re talking Emotional Wellbeing. It is critical to stay on top of this dimension of wellbeing as your emotions can have a huge impact on your perception and performance in other areas of your life. It’s not all about being happy either. It is about understanding your feelings and being able to handle and balance your emotions, both good and bad, in a healthy and productive way. This comes from learning to focus on the positives in your life, learning to manage your stress, and building good habits and productive hobbies, into your lifestyle to support your emotional goals. To explore this dimension more closely please read The Path, below.

Important news this month, MINES has released our new training catalog for 2015! This year we are adding 16 great new programs and trainings, offering all new nutrition and Alzheimer’s focused programs, and have even hand-picked complementary programs for our new suggested training series. You can view and download our new catalog here!

If you have been following our blog you would know that last month MINES celebrated our 34th anniversary as a company, so thank you to all the great people and organizations that have made it possible for us to help people for so many years. Also on the MINES blog we saw a great story about MINES’ new telemedicine service, Call-A-Doc Plus, which helped highlight just how important it is to have easy access to care because medical issues rarely wait for a convenient time to strike.

And just a friendly reminder, please send any inspiring stories, wellbeing techniques that you use, or any other great ways you’ve found to stay mindful and balanced to communications@minesandassociates.com or just click one of our Share buttons. The best wellbeing stories will be featured in the quarterly BalancedLiving Magazine and authors could also receive a $5 gift card! As usual make sure to follow us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages to make sure you don’t miss anything.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path

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Emotional wellbeing is on the other side of the coin than physical wellbeing, and can be a little harder to stay aware of than its physical counterpart as there are a lot of subconscious and chemical factors that play a role in how we feel emotionally from day to day. These factors are a major part of why it is critical to nurture your emotional wellbeing and build healthy habits that support the things in your life that you can control. Staying mindful, reducing stress, and not sweating the small stuff are things you can focus on so that you can spend your energy where it matters most in your life.

Healthy Eating Emotional Wellbeing resources:Check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about emotional wellbeing, core components of happiness, and what you can do to cultivate your own contentment! Read Article Here

Need one more little push? Check out these tips from wikihow.com on great, easy ways you can set yourself up for happiness! Read Tips

New! Chakra To Your Senses New!

Many cultures believe in Chakras (shock-ras) which are, simply put, energy centers in your body that govern various aspects of your physiology. We will stay away from the spiritual aspects of these and instead focus on the concept behind them to bring you more ways to nurture you body as well as mind. Click here to see a complete list of the 7 chakras and their properties.Chakras to nurture this month: Heart Chakra

In order to support your emotional well being it will be important to be aware of and nurture your Heart Chakras. Your Heart Chakra, located in the center of your chest, acts as a center for compassion, growth, emotional expression, and love. You can nurture your Heart Chakra by going out and getting fresh air, meditating, yoga, and breathing exercises, and by spending time with friends and family. Now get out there, have fun, and be well! 

If you or a member of your household needs assistance or guidance on any of these wellbeing topics, please call MINES & Associates, your EAP, today for free, confidential, 24/7 assistance at 800.873.7138.

MINES does not warrant the materials (Audio, Video, Text, Applications, or any other form of media or links) included in this communication have any connection to MINES & Associates, nor does MINES seek to endorse any entity by including these materials in this communication.  MINES accepts no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided herein, nor any additional content that may be made available through any third-party site. We found them helpful, and hope you do too!

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Psychology of Performance #50: Easy Access to Healthcare and Work Performance, Call A Doctor Plus

 

How long does it take you to get into see your physician when you have an illness such as a sore throat, the flu, when your child has an ear ache, or similar type of medical problem? How many times have you wished you could talk to a doctor just to get an informed opinion about drug side effects, or how to manage an injury? How much time away from work do these appointments cost you? If you go after hours to urgent care or emergency care when a simple call would have allowed you to manage a problem, what did it cost you in time and money?

This is a true story. A friend of mine has a two year old with a history of earaches. Her child had an ear ache at two in the morning. She called her pediatrician and asked him to write a prescription for the child. He had prescribed for this child, for this problem before. He refused to do it over the phone and she had to go to an emergency room to get the prescription. She had a high deductible and $1,400 later she had her prescription. She could have saved this money completely, plus the stress of taking a two year old out in the middle of the night, if she had the CADR+ services. If you were her employer, how productive do you think she was the next day with the level of sleep deprivation she incurred? What did it cost you as an employer to have her distracted by the financial stress and fatigue?

MINES is committed to early access to care whether it is for behavioral health or medical issues. To that end, MINES has partnered with Call A Doctor Plus (CADR+, powered by Teledoc) to provide 24/7 access to physician care for non-emergency medical advice and care with no co-pay. The reason MINES is offering this is to reduce the stress of trying to access care in most medical systems, help individual employees and their families manage the high deductibles that are ubiquitous in most employer or exchange plans, and to get people on the path to health as early as possible to reduce the overall costs to their employers. MINES’ CADR+ program also has a wellness card powered by Welldyne that gives discounts on dental, vision, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies. Furthermore, MINES’ product can also offer free legal/financial consults for a half-hour plus a discount with the attorney or financial professional if further services are needed.

Telemedicine is an important innovation in healthcare delivery on both the behavioral and medical sides, and currently all but two states allow it.

How does CADR+ fit in with your organization’s productivity and performance strategy? CADR+ can be purchased by the employer for all employees, can be offered as a voluntary benefit, or purchased individually. All enrollees in the CADR+ program can also cover up to 5 additional family members with unlimited consultations a year. Please contact us if you would to improve your organization’s performance related to managing medical issues before they get out of hand.

Remember! Allow yourself to be calm, centered, and serene as you extend kindness to everyone you meet today.

Bob

Robert A. Mines, Ph.D., CEO & Psychologist

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