Holiday season brings many diverse feelings from great joy and happiness to full-on depression. I've listed some tips for those who are joyful, such as spreading joy to others as well as tips for those not wanting to face the holidays, such as volunteering.
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I look forward to this time of year when the air is more crisp and leaves are beginning to change. October is recognized as National Walking Month which focuses on gettng people to make a habit of walking which gives you energy and improves health.
This month we are focusing on self-care. You might wonder what “self-care” really means and if it is being selfish to think about yourself. Honestly, it is about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. Make sure you are able to produce positive feelings and boost your confidence and self-esteem. We can get so busy taking care of our families and friends but never stop to think of our own needs. One action of self-care is to remind others as well as yourself that you are important and you have to take care of your own needs too.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about her Type 2 diabetes and the struggles and successes she has had in the last five years. She lost her health insurance about a year ago and couldn’t afford the number of medicines and testing supplies she needed to manage her disease. At that point, she made a decision to continue taking the oral medications, but not the shots. This story is so very familiar to many people.
Vacation: Consider it a Big Investment in You
Do you think of yourself as an asset worth investing in? Think of taking vacations as an investment to increase the value of that asset (YOU).
Common misconceptions about work:
While striving to live a healthy lifestyle, life is made easier when the environment around us supports healthy choices. We spend most of our days at work, yet most of the food available at state agencies is not necessarily healthy. We at Thrive know that many agencies desire healthy food to be available at their locations.
During the month of April, Thrive is placing a focus on Stress Awareness Month. In our toolkit, we outline ways to identify signs and symptoms of stress, and how to determine the root cause of stress in your life. These are important first steps in controlling and managing stress, but let's take it a step further and outline four ways that you can mitigate the effects stress can have on your body:
It’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” This phrase is pretty versatile as it can mean different things for different people. For example, it could mean starting your day off with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a sporting event. It could also mean preparing food to “go further” at home by only buying what you need and not letting perishable items spoil. Today, I’m going to focus on the latter, specifically with meal planning.
State employees have been participating in recreational sports leagues for three years now. The original goal of these leagues was to provide an outlet for stress, get some movement and build social well-being. Everyone seems to be having fun and enjoying getting to know people from other state agencies.