Thanks to all who helped and participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Wednesday, September 11th. Over 50 people walked the stairs from the 2nd to 8th floor of the Cofrin Library, including members of the military, area protective services members, students and employees. One group walked up and down the flight of stairs 18 times (8,465 steps on their fitness tracker)! Thank you to University Police, Vets 4 Vets, and ROTC for attending and for your help, as well as Elaina Koltz for providing the flag pins for walkers, and the Department of Employee Trust Funds for the refreshments!
The key to preventing stress is to find ways to reduce the stressors in your life and to counteract stress with activities that provide balance and peace of mind. Try this suggestion today to help you reduce and manage your stress.
At Work: Work on key projects when you’re most productive. If you’re a morning person, do your most challenging work before lunch. Do less stressful tasks, such as returning phone calls and filing, after lunch.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by FEI, provides UW employees and members of their household with confidential resources to address personal and/or work-related concerns. EAP services are offered at no cost to employees.
The 2019 Monthly Webinar Series is open for registration. Click here for webinar information and registration.
August 2019 Webinar: Put Your Compensation to Work
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – 11:00am to 12:00pm Central Daylight Time
Description: During benefits enrollment, it’s easy to make the same benefit choices as last year – but the easy way might not be the best way. Take full advantage of the employee benefits available to you by uncovering “hidden” compensation opportunities you may not know about.
September 2019 Webinar: The Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 11:00am to 12:00pm Central Daylight Time
Description: Did you know that most lonely individuals are married, live with others and are not clinically depressed? Join us to learn how loneliness and social isolation can impact our health and longevity. Using a brain science perspective, we’ll discuss the connection between loneliness and increased health risks including suicide.
Webinar Registration: Registration is required. Click here to register. Follow the individual links on each webinar for registration. Note: Employees must attend a webinar on their own time or consult with their supervisor for approval to attend.
Source: UW System Human Resources
Talking to someone about your problems can help you solve them or gain a new perspective on them. Consider talking to family members, friends, co-workers, or religious advisers. If you feel highly stressed or depressed, you may want to consider speaking with a health professional.
So today, remind yourself that you should avoid keeping some of your problems to yourself, and that it is okay to reach out to others for help!
Guilty feelings are common. But are they healthy? Sometimes guilt can motivate us to do better. Studies have shown that people who experience guilt are more likely to be proactive in solving a problem. They are also more likely to reassess the problem later, see how they may have contributed to it, and learn from it.
Guilt over something trivial, such as eating an extra dessert, guilt that turns into shame, feeling that you’re not good enough, or blaming yourself for something that’s not your fault can be harmful. Both can diminish self-esteem and lead to depression.
Here are some tips to help you start handling guilt today:
- Learn from what’s making you feel guilty.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. You can’t be kind and understanding all the time.
- If you’re troubled by chronic feelings of guilt, a counselor may help to sort out the contributing emotions and issues
What a beautiful day for yoga with baby goats! About 25 employees came out to enjoy the baby goats in the quad on Friday, May 10th. We heard a lot of positive feedback from employees, and we all enjoyed interacting with the goats. Thank you to Jen Jelenic, Alex Reichenberger, and Linda Schmitt for leading the yoga classes, to LaClare Farms for sharing their precious goats, to Amy DePeau for setting this up, and to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for sponsoring this event!
Interested in more goat yoga? Here are some links:
The secret to happiness, like the secret to success, has long been studied and debated. What makes one person happy could stress out someone else (take skydiving, for example). Still, psychologists and other researchers have found that some activities and mind-sets appear more than likely to increase joy and contentment. Today – try the following tip to increase your happiness and reduce your stress!
Take time to play. Playfulness helps anyone of any age be more resilient, happy, flexible, and creative. It teaches us to manage and transform stress and negative emotions, too. It’s easy to be playful with pets and children. But looking for ways to play with grown-ups at work and home is a great way to increase the strength and health of your relationships.
Whether you’re an avid crafter or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, knitting needle, awl, or whittling tool in your life, you could benefit from a little craft time. Creative hobbies are calming, and they help give your mind a break from worrying thoughts.
So challenge yourself today to create something. A drawing, a scrapbook, a poem, a wood-carved miniature of your neighbor’s dog—it doesn’t matter what you create, just that you’re creating. You’ll end up with not only a cool thing of your own design, but also, potentially, a more relaxed and worry-free mind.
Many of us instinctively beat ourselves up for failing to meet our goals, but there is an alternative. Find out how self-compassion facilitates goal pursuit by helping us regulate our emotions and maintain our belief in our ability to change.
- What is self-compassion
- How it helps us meet our goals
- Misconceptions about self-compassion
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710C
No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!
You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Webinars to register.
All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.
To access the StayWell wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or spouse enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs.