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Total Wellbeing: December 2017

 

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December 2017: Physical Wellbeing and Stress

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Welcome to the December issue of TotalWellbeing! If you have been following TotalWellbeing you know that every month we focus on one of the 8 Dimensions of Wellbeing. As we come to the end of the year, stress can increase and your attention to your physical wellbeing may decrease. As the holidays bring forth stress around money for gift giving and around family gatherings, and the many holiday parties you may attend certainly don’t help your nutrition commitments. Please take this time focus on what matters, use your emotional resilience skills to de-stress, and focus on eating healthy.

For a closer look at this month’s topic and helpful resources please check out The Path and The Connection below or check out our newest infographic on Stress for some helpful information around stress in the US and how to managed a stressful situation in  a healthy way.

In case you missed it, November was a great month on MINESblog! We started off with a great post from our affiliate and Alzheimer’s/Dementia expert JJ Jordan for Alzheimer’s Awareness month. Next, we celebrated World Kindness Day with a post talking about how to use kindness to improve your life and the lives of those around you. And finally, we posted about the interplay between stress and physical wellbeing as a tee up to this month’s focus. Be sure to check all of these out for great information and practical resources.

As always, for more information please check out the links to the left or hit the share button to send us a message. To be notified when we post more resources and articles make sure to subscribe to MINESblog. See you next month!

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Path: Health, Holidays, and Stress

Physical Wellbeing can encompass a lot of things from exercising regularly, eating healthy, taking time to make sure your stress is worked out through physical activity, and getting enough sleep. Stress can exasperate many medical and mental health conditions. This month is a perfect time to work on your stress by focusing on your physical wellbeing which will help resolve the side effects of stress. The blog on stress and physical wellbeing has some great tips and thoughts on this subject. As the holidays approach it is easy to put aside eating healthy and exercising. However, this is the best time to focus on doing this as it can actually improve your holiday experience and your overall wellbeing.

Check out these tips to incorporate healthy habits during the holidays!

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Emotions are a healthy part of the human experience. Acknowledging emotions and understanding your personal stress style is the first step in beginning to control them. In this session, we will discuss a selection of customary stressors as well as techniques for exercising control over them.

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The Connection: Get Involved

Wellbeing does not simply start and stop at the individual. Our community is connected to each of our own individual wellbeing in a huge way. When we are well we can better function within our community.  We can help our fellow humans thrive, and in turn, when our community is prospering, it helps each of us reach our goals as individuals. So why not help our community so we can all thrive together? Each month we will strive to bring you resources that can help you enhance the wellbeing of those around you or get involved with important causes.

Community Wellbeing Resources:

This month look at how you can expand your knowledge and skills within your community in regards to physical activities. Check out your local community’s website for senior centers where you could volunteer to help take people on a hike or to do yoga. Or look for other ways you can improve your, and others, physical wellbeing.

Click here to find a place to use your skills near you!

If your organization has access to PersonalAdvantage make sure to check out this customizable online benefit available through MINES. It has tons of the same great resources for all the dimensions of wellbeing that we discuss here, along with some articles and a whole section on having a stress free holiday season! If you haven’t checked it out yet, or want to see what resources they have for this month’s topic check out the link below. You’ll need your company login, so make sure to get that from your employer or email us and we’ll be happy to provide that to you.

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 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: November 2015

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November 2015:  Be Aware of Your Intellectual Wellbeing

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Welcome to the November issue of TotalWellbeing! In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month we want to talk about Intellectual Wellbeing. This month we ask you to strive to make good habits that support your intellect and lifelong building of neuro-pathways in your brain. Read books, study music, lean new languages, dance, or try to do tasks with your non-dominant hand. All these things will build new pathways and help reinforce your brain as you get older. For a closer look at intellectual wellbeing and how it relates to our topics this month please read The Path, below.

As usual we invite to check out MINESblog. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we took the opportunity to explore this topic from the eyes of caretakers and others who are caring for a loved one that has been diagnosed with a deadly disease. Our post explored the huge emotional and physical toll care-giving can have, and ways that a caretaker can support themselves while also supporting their loved one. On a lighter note, October 21st was “Back to the Future Day,” which for those of you who don’t know, was the day that Marty and Doc traveled to in the movie “Back to the Future 2.” In honor of this fun occasion, we took some time to look at the top advancements in health care, employee benefits, and mental health since the movie’s release in 1989. Check it out!

Continue to watch the MINESblog to see the latest discussions about wellbeing 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

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Intellectual wellbeing, like any of the dimensions of wellbeing we discuss, is something that you should strive to nurture every day and throughout your life. Intellect is something that you can grow but you must also maintain it. Especially as you get older it becomes increasingly important that you strive to feed your brain and keep it busy to avoid losing any of your cognitive functioning. Make it fun. Choose puzzles or games that you enjoy, but that will also engage your memory or complex thinking. It can be anything from doing Sudoku puzzles in the morning all the way to dedicating yourself to learning a new language or a musical instrument. The goal here is to build new neuro-pathways. Over time various factors such as disease, lifestyle habits, and environmental contamination, can breakdown pathways in your brain and the more pathways you have already built, the more prepared your brain will be for whatever might happen.

Intellectual Wellbeing resources:

No matter what your age it is important to exercise your memory. Great ways to do this include puzzles and learning new things like a musical instrument or a foreign language. The ways you can expand your mind are endless. Check out some great tips and facts about improving your memory from HelpGuide.org by clicking below.

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If you want to join the battle against Alzheimer’s and help end this terrible disease once and for all, click below and find out how you can join the cause with the Alzheimer’s Association.

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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 any religious aspects of these, such as their Buddhist symbolism, and instead focus on the general concept behind them to bring you more ways to nurture your 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 Heart

In order to support your intellectual wellbeing it will be important to be aware of, and nurture, your Third Eye and Throat Chakras. Your Third Eye Chakra, located on your forehead, is the location of your center for intelligence and wisdom, while your Throat Chakra is right where you think it would be. No surprise your Throat Chakra is the center for communication and expression. The reason these two are important to intellectual wellbeing is that in order for ideas and wisdom to prosper and spread we not only need to have free thought but also free expression to share the ideas and wisdom that we create as individuals. Support your centers of intelligence by creating and thinking outside the box, but don’t stop there, share your ideas and get others to do the same. 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.
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TotalWellbeing: May 2015

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May 2015:  Be Aware of Your EnvironmentalWellbeing

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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

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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: October 2014

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Emotional & Spiritual Wellbeing

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Find balance, become centered, and be happy!

Welcome to the October issue of TotalWellbeing! Halloween is later this month which is a definite reminder that it is fall and as the leaves change color so shall our topics. This month we discuss emotional wellbeing again, but this time looking at the connection with our next all-new topic – Spiritual Wellbeing. This connection is a personal one. We often turn to spirituality for strength, especially when our emotional wellbeing is suffering. We also thank our source of spirituality for when things are going right in our lives. And whether it is religion, our inner selves, human spirit, nature, or wherever else one finds spirituality that we find that pillar of hope for us to rely on in good and bad times. To explore this relationship more closely please read The Connection, below.

Last month on the MINES blog we saw a new post by our HealthPsychology supervisor, Whitney Stone, exploring how our identity is often tied to our profession in the minds of both ourselves and others, and challenged you to break free of these assumptions. Next up was the newest installment of the inspirational reframe series by Marcia Kent, asking you to pause and take a moment to remind yourself to consider how you perceive yourself – your “point of you.”

If you are following us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages, you can expect some great resources and enlightening discussions coming up this next month, so stay tuned and let us know what you think.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

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The Connection:

Emotional & Spiritual Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing and Spiritual Wellbeing both come from within. They are aspects of ourselves that we may not be able to see, but they are very real and we feel them every day of our lives. Emotional Wellbeing can have an effect on our spirituality in that whether we are mad, happy, sad, or scared, we often turn to whatever source of spirituality we choose in order to find meaning and hope.  In turn, spirituality offers an anchor for us to grab hold of when our emotions take over and can calm a panicked mind, offer consolation when things are bleak, or just give us something to thank when your favorite football team wins. When things are bad, however, it is often the spiritual side of ourselves that we begin to question, as if our spirituality has failed us. But it is important that we keep in mind that spirituality comes from within and is a representation of our own will and personal connection to the world around us, and that we are in control of our emotions. Balance your mind, center your spirit, and your mind will find happiness.

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When your mind is frazzled and stressed, and your emotions are taking over your thoughts and affecting your everyday activities, it’s time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. Of course focusing on your physical health is crucial, but so is treating your mind and spirit to the same attention. Your happiness goes a long way in protecting your overall wellbeing!To access this tool, click here. Spirituality is many different things for many people. Spirituality can be found in religion, art, other people, as well as within one’s self. Wherever you find your sources of spirituality it is important to nurture those connections in order to experience the benefits spirituality has to offer, be it increased happiness, lower stress, and even better physical health.To read the full article, click here.
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Total Wellbeing: January 2014

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January 2014: Occupational and Financial Wellbeing

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the January issue of TotalWellbeing! This month we want to help you kick off the New Year the right way. Plus, what better time than now to introduce what’s new for this year?

Our theme for 2014, TotalWellbeing, has been designed to help bridge the gap between your potential, and actual, wellbeing.  By keeping employees informed, we will supply the knowledge necessary to support healthy lifestyles in order to be well in both body and mind.  With this idea of the mind-body relationship at the forefront, our topics will focus on the 8 dimensions of wellness: Physical, Occupational, Intellectual, Environmental, Financial, Social, Spiritual, and Emotional Wellness. Each month we will explore how different aspects of wellness are connected to each other and more importantly how they apply to you so you can achieve balance and promote your own Total Wellbeing.

These will also be posted on our blog each month.  So, if one of the topics appeals to you or you have interest in joining a conversation with others about the topics in each monthly communication, feel free to comment or rate these on our blog!  We look forward to hearing from you!

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

The Connection: Occupational & Financial Wellbeing

If you’re getting this email, it’s because you have a job since we send these out through your employer.  How are you approaching your work?  If you’re working there, hopefully you enjoy your job or career, but how does that job or career help you achieve your own financial goals?  What is the next step for you with your current employer?  What professional goals should you set to be a better or more effective employee?  What would it mean to take that next step in your career?

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Job satisfaction doesn’t just come from how much you make or how exciting your job is. The mindset in which you approach your job and your day to day attitude can make the difference between loving your job and dreading it. Learn how to get the most out of your job and enhance your job satisfaction.To read the full article, click here. Whether you have short term or long term goals, these simple tips from MyKitto.com will teach you new ways to protect your financial investments and help you worry less and save more.To read the full article, click here.
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