When some people think of the holidays, they are overwhelmed by unpleasant thoughts of large family gatherings, travel, excessive shopping, financial worries and endless “to do” lists. Not to mention the added temptations of comfort foods, sweet treats and holiday drinks. With all this added stress it’s no wonder people turn [...]
In Western cultures, over 80% of our time is spent inside, according to the New York Post. As someone who lives in the Midwest, it’s with good reason we spend much of our time inside when the windchill is -40 degrees outside; but what’s our excuse the rest of the year? For nearly all of human existence, we’ve spent most of [...]
“Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”
Impact of Stress Whether it’s a deadline at work, a full schedule of after school activities, or simply not having enough time in the day, we all experience stress. We know stress is bad for our health – it can negatively impact our mood, increase anxiety and even increase our blood pressure. However, did you know stress can [...]
Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation can be practiced at any moment of our day. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness says, “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.”
Parenting Are you having challenges with parenting? Do you struggle with setting boundaries for your children? Do you have doubts about your abilities to raise a successful child? Here are 10 ways your VITAL WorkLife EAP (Employee Assistance Program) can support you as a parent.
Summer Fun Today is the first official day of summer! With no school, summer camp and family vacations, summer is a busy time of year, and it can be difficult to fit in physical activity. Here are a few suggestions for getting in your daily physical activity while enjoying quality time with your family this summer.
Here are eight things you can do starting TODAY to improve your physical well being.
Most people enjoy eating out, at least every once in a while. Whether eating out is a treat for you, or a common occurrence, there are plenty of smart choices you can make without sacrificing your health.
Mindfulness Take Berkeley's Mindfulness Assessment below to learn more about what mindfulness is, how mindful you are and how you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. We are highlighting Berkeley's assessment because it is a reputable source and gives practical recommendations.