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A publication of the System Offices Wellness Program
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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter
September 2020

 
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Work Life Balance 

For a lot of people, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal. In our rush to get it all done, it's easy to forget that as our stress level spikes, our productivity plummets. Here are some practical steps to take to loosen the grip stress has on us and win back the balance in our lives:

At Work

  • Set manageable goals each day. Being able to meet priorities helps us feel a sense of accomplishment and control. The latest research shows that the more control we have over our work, the less stressed we get. So be realistic about workloads and deadlines. Make a “to do” list, and take care of important tasks first and eliminate unessential ones. Ask for help when necessary.
  • Be efficient with your time at work. When we procrastinate, the task often grows in our minds until it seems insurmountable. So when you face a big project at work or home, start by dividing it into smaller tasks. Complete the first one before moving on to the next. Give yourself small rewards upon each completion, whether it’s a five minute break or a walk to the coffee shop. If you feel overwhelmed by routines that seem unnecessary, tell your boss. The less time you spend doing busy work or procrastinating, the more time you can spend productively, or with friends or family.
  • Ask for flexibility. Flex time and telecommuting are quickly becoming established as necessities in today’s business world, and many companies are drafting work/life policies. If you ask, they might allow you to work flexible hours or from home a day a week. Research shows that employees who work flexible schedules are more productive and loyal to their employers.

At Home

  • Unplug. The same technology that makes it so easy for workers to do their jobs flexibly can also burn us out if we use them 24/7. By all means, make yourself available—especially if you’ve earned the right to “flex” your hours—but recognize the need for personal time, too.
  • Divide and conquer. Make sure responsibilities at home are evenly distributed and clearly outlined—you’ll avoid confusion and problems later.
  • Don't over commit. Do you feel stressed when you just glance at your calendar? If you’re overscheduled with activities, learn to say,” no.” Shed the superman/superwoman urge!
  • Get support. Chatting with friends and family can be important to your success at home—or at work—and can even improve your health. People with stronger support systems have more aggressive immune responses to illnesses than those who lack such support.
Source:  Mental Health America 
 
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Working Out From Home

Working from home is difficult, but so is working out from home.  People are using makeshift materials, like their 20 pound baby as kettlebell, and trying new things as gym, studio, and pool closures continue.  

Fitness enthusiasts are finding new ways to work out and getting back to basics in the age of COVID-9. 

Even though they're being innovative and creative, people are also giving themselves more grace and taking time to slow down their exercise routines, by taking family walks, and letting go of the need to obsess over their exercise. 

Source:  NBC News

Watch this short video to learn four ways you can snack smarter. 
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
National Health Observance-September

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Nearly 80% of learning occurs through vision, so it's important to take care of your child's eyes.  Schedule annual eye exams, limit screen time to avoid digital eye strain, and use sunglasses to prevent damage from UV light. 
Exercise Your Brain With This Word Scramble!
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Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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