TotalWellbeing: March 2015

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March 2015:  Be Aware of Your Financial Wellbeing

Wellness through Awareness!

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!

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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

Originally posted on xchangehealth:

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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Wellness through Awareness!

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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Psychology of Performance #49: MINES’ 34th Anniversary!

On January 1st, MINES celebrated it’s 34th anniversary of ‘saving lives and influencing the course of human events!’ To our staff, thank you for doing your part so professionally and with compassion to serve our clients. Thank you to those of you who support us, who are our friends and colleagues. MINES would not be able to do what it does without all of you. I am deeply grateful for each of you and our relationship!

Here’s to the next 34 years!

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TotalWellbeing: January 2015

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January 2015: Be Aware of Your Physical Wellbeing

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Wellness through Awareness!

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of TotalWellbeing! To start the year off right we wanted to introduce you to the new layout of TotalWellbeing. This year we will focus on one of the dimensions of wellbeing per month and focus on being aware of wellness in your everyday life in order to keep your minAd on track and your body in balance. This month we focus on the ever important realm of Physical Wellbeing. Keeping your body healthy is one of the most basic elements of healthy living and is at the very core of keeping yourself at an optimal level of wellbeing.  To explore this dimension more closely please read The Path, below.

Last month on the MINES blog we saw some excellent content from our experts here at MINES. With the New Year upon us, we posted some great ideas to help you be successful with your resolution in 2015 and beyond. We also highlighted a very generous program that a client of ours utilized to bring a little extra holiday joy to their employees who needed it.

In the spirit of awareness, this year we want to hear from you, yes that’s right, you! Please send any inspiring stories, wellbeing techniques that you use, or any other fantastic ways you’ve found to stay mindful and balanced to communications@minesandassociates.com or just click one of our Share buttons. Not only will the best wellbeing stories each month be featured in the quarterly BalancedLiving Magazine but authors may also receive a $5 gift card! Don’t miss out and share today!

And as usual make sure to follow us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages to make sure to get all the resources we have for you in 2015.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path

Heart Blue

Physical wellbeing, a concept that pretty much every one of us has thought about from time to time. Whether you run, do yoga, hike, or bike to work, we have many options in front of us to help keep our bodies healthy. If you already exercise, that’s great, and as the year progresses we will bring you resources to help challenge yourself further. If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry, we will help you get off to a great start down the road to wellbeing this year. Because if you take care of your physical self, the mental part of your wellbeing will benefit and help you become happier and more well-balanced as a result.

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Physical Wellbeing Resources:

Better your understanding of the benefits of physical activity with this CDC article on physical health!

Read Article Here

Engage your body with these perfect workout routines for people on the go by Livestrong.com!

Full Recipe Here

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: Root and Solar Plexus

In order to support your physical well being it will be important to be aware of and nurture your Root and Solar Plexus Chakras. Your Root Chakra, located in the base of your spine, acts as your storage for physical vitality and can be nurtured through keeping yourself physically active and choosing activities that stimulate creativity. Your Solar Plexus Chakra is located in your upper abdomen and is connected to self-confidence and self-esteem; choose fun social activities that keep you moving, like dancing, to nurture this part of yourself. Now get out there and 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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Employee Assistance Programs can be MORE than just Counseling

We occasionally get really different requests from our clients to do something that wouldn’t normally fall under the scope of a traditional EAP. This is the story about the most recent example of how we partner with our clients to provide more to their employees.

Globus Family of Brands is a local client of ours. Each year, during the holiday season as a part of their “Community Commitment,” they select an organization in the Denver Metro area and adopt several families for the holidays. The generosity shown to these adopted families by Globus Family of Brands is overwhelming. The company pulls together to ensure that every item on these families’ wish lists is granted. This year, their Human Resources department came to us with an intriguing question as a part of this program, “Do we have employees that we work with every day that could benefit from the same support and how could we help them?”

They contacted us. Knowing how their employees felt about the confidentiality and support that we’ve provided to their employees over the years, they knew that their employees would feel comfortable working through the EAP to self-identify as being in need of such support. We were happy to oblige. We sent out a survey that came back to MINES requesting details around need, anonymized the list of those that fit the criteria, and sent a list of needs to Globus Family of Brands. Their response was overwhelming! We received all of the gifts at MINES’ corporate headquarters and contacted the identified Group Voyager families to let them know they could pick up these gifts for their families.

There are EAPs and then there are EAPs that really want to partner with your organization to make major impacts in the lives of the members you cover. MINES has long-struggled with the issue of explaining exactly what separates us from many other EAP programs. We’ve never been a “cheap” EAP. There are many reasons for this: we have a really high average utilization rate; we have our own organizational psychology division that can consult with management on a large range of issues; and we recruit and hire the best talent to make sure we can always execute on our promises. But there is another piece that we rarely talk about that we think really sets us apart from our competition: we really do want to do everything we can to help our clients help their employees, in whatever capacity that we can.

It is amazing and touching to us here at MINES that our clients are so concerned, so giving, with their employees that they would devise such a cool program and that they felt comfortable coming to us to help them make it happen. We applaud Globus Family of Brands for their excellent and generous outpouring of support for their co-workers! We hope that this story inspires the same generosity of spirit during the hectic holiday season. Regardless of beliefs, the season can be very inspiring!

Season’s Greetings!
The MINES Team

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