If you are experiencing triggers from all that is in the news lately and the #metoo movement, the EAP is here to help you sort things out. Call 667.214.1555 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
3 simple strategies to help you focus and de-stress
Do daily distractions leave you feeling unfocused and stressed? Take a breath. Here are three great ways to start taking back control.
Does it seem like you can’t complete even the simplest task without being distracted? Texts, emails, social media alerts, noisy colleagues, ringing phones… Friends, you are not alone.
Distracted thinking — aka daydreaming or mind wandering — affects everyone. In fact, researchers have found that people think about something other than what they’re actually doing — or supposed to be doing — almost half of the time. Turns out that a wandering, easily distracted mind is actually the default mode for the human brain.
Succumbing to distraction over and over, though, can build stress, foster unhappiness and even lead to depression. So if you’re one of the many looking to figure out how to handle distractions and improve your ability to focus, take comfort in the fact that research has shown a way forward.
One word: mindfulness.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of where you are and what you’re doing. At work, for instance, it means you’re focused on the project in front of you; walking with a friend, it gives you the ability to really focus on your surroundings and your conversation. Scientists have shown that you can actually train your brain to become more mindful. Like anything else, it just takes practice.
Ready to get started? These three practices have all proven useful in building mindfulness.
1. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
MBSR training has become a recognized way to help people learn to avoid distractions and increase their attention on the task in front of them. It can also help improve memory, motivation and autonomy — all things likely to make you (and your boss) happier. MBSR programs typically include breathing, stretching and awareness exercises.
Meditation aims to increase your awareness of the present moment and help you develop a gentle, accepting attitude toward yourself. Regular meditation practice has been shown to actually alter the brain — in a good way. One study showed that the area of the brain dedicated to regulating your emotions was significantly larger in meditators. In other words, in a world determined to trip you up with distractions and unpleasant surprises, meditation can help you stay more positive and more focused.
3. Mindful movement
The hallmarks of mindful movement, or yoga — structured breathing, controlled movement, mental focus — make it sound like the perfect antidote to stress and distracted thinking, but does science back that up? Yes, over and over again. Many studies have found that, after beginning a yoga program, people feel less stressed, more focused, even more optimistic. In fact, yoga’s been found to be even more beneficial to people who’re highly stressed.
In today’s so-called attention economy, the world is actually being designed to distract you. Everybody wants your attention, and they want it right now. But you can take back control of your focus, shed that stress, and wake up happier to meet your day.
Ready to commit to becoming more mindful? Great, go for it!
The EAP has run a few Grief Support Groups over the years. All of them have been well received. So, a new one will run from October 9, 2018-December 11, 2018 on Tuesdays at noon. Feel free to bring your lunch if necessary. Please call the EAP at 667.214.1555 to register for the group, or if you have any questions. Also, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. to register for the group.
The EAP will be launching a new program in September! On Tuesday mornings (9:00-12:30 p.m.) the EAP will have walk-in service available. No appointment is necessary. Come right over to 419 West Redwood Street, Suite 560 and an EAP counselor will be able to meet with you. The program will run from September 11-December 31st, 2018.
Back by popular demand, Reiki treatment will be offered again in the EAP for a limited time only. Our MSW intern, Kara, will be graduating in July, but can offer Reiki to employees for the month of June (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) before she leaves us. If you want to make an appointment for a Reiki session please call the EAP at 667.214.1555.
February is Heart Healthy Month for Women
If the added stress of the holidays is getting you down, please make an appointment in the EAP. We can help!
How would you like to learn how to do Reiki on yourself? The EAP will be hosting a workshop beginning Tuesday, November 28, 2017. There will be 3 classes as part of the workshop, plus an individual Attunement by a Reiki Master. Then, you will be ready to do Reiki on yourself. Call the EAP at 667.214.1555 to reserve your spot in the workshop. Space is limited. For more information about Reiki or the workshop, please email Kara at email@example.com
It is good for your mental health to take breaks from work. Summer is a good time to do that. Even a few days away from the office can be helpful.
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The EAP will is in the process of creating a Support Group for people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Trauma comes in many different forms: abuse, neglect, bullying, war, accidents, sudden loss of a support system, etc. The group will focus on the recovery part of the trauma. It will be held during lunch time in the EAP. If you are interested in knowing more about this group, please contact Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 667.214.1560.