Employee Wellness Blog

Little Ways to Practice Self-Care

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Oct 19, 2017

It’s time to start loving yourself again. Many of us forget about the importance of self-care and its impact on our health. Self-care can help prevent burnout from work, help you manage stress, and boost your feelings of self-worth and confidence.

Practicing self-care is more than just “pampering” yourself. According to PsychCentral, self-care is any activity you do deliberately to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. The goal is to improve your mood and increase your overall wellbeing. PsychCentral also notes that self-care is key when it comes to a good relationship with yourself and others.

If you want to start prioritizing your wellbeing, you can easily add in some simple behaviors to your busy schedule to enjoy the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of self-care. Along with eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, you can try out some of the simple suggestions below to practice better self-care: 

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15+ Brilliant Ideas For Promoting Your Onsite Flu Shot Clinic

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Oct 16, 2017

With the help of a great flu shot vendor, hosting an onsite flu shot clinic is easy. But when it comes to employee participation, things get a bit more challenging. Employee participation is crucial to the success of an onsite flu shot clinic. Without enough employees getting vaccinated, a flu outbreak will still occur.

As a wellness leader at your workplace, you have the opportunity to promote onsite flu shots and encourage employees to get vaccinated. If this is your first year hosting a flu shot clinic, or if you haven’t achieved desired participation rates in the past, try out some of these ideas for promoting this year’s flu shot clinic: 

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The Healthy Habits of One Employee Who's Crushing the Wellness Game

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Jake Schroeder is one of TotalWellness’ newest employees and one of our most inspiring wellness champions. In just a short period, Jake has contributed a lot to our team in both a professional and personal manner. Besides being an IT all-star,  Jake has made an impact on his colleagues through his positive attitude, healthy habits, and insightful conversations.

Since we’ve all learned a thing or two since Jake joined our team, we thought we would share his wellness story to help inspire you too:

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Jump Into Fall With These 13 Mini Wellness Challenges

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Oct 09, 2017

It’s officially fall! The transition period from summer into winter can make it easy to cozy up, stay inside, and lose track of your health progress. Less sunlight, more rain, and cooler temperatures don’t have to affect your wellbeing. 

In fact, autumn is actually a great time to kick your wellness goals up a notch! Your schedule might be a bit less crazy, and there aren’t any summer BBQs that tempt you to splurge. Being proactive about your physical and mental health during the fall will also help prevent the winter blues from hitting hard.

So, from now until December 21st (the first day of winter), we challenge you to boost your health and happiness this fall with these mini wellness challenges:

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Having Doubts About Getting This Year’s Flu Shot? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Flu season is coming! Hopefully, this means that your company has an onsite flu clinic coming up. If you are having doubts about participating in this year’s flu clinic, we want to help you realize just how important receiving your annual flu shot is.

We know that the flu shot has gotten a bad rap in the past years. Common misconceptions have caused many Americans to shy away from getting vaccinated. Many also underestimate the health risks from the flu. Regardless of some of the things you’ve heard about the vaccine, it’s important to know that getting a flu shot is your #1 defense against the flu.

So, if you have any doubts about participating in this year’s flu shot clinic, read this first:

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Tips For Taking a Mental Health Day Off

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Oct 02, 2017

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. From October 1st – 7th, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is working to raise awareness on mental illness throughout the country. Their goal is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care for those living with a mental illness.

While mental health should be a priority year-round, we think this week is a great opportunity for employers and employees alike to focus on their mental health and wellbeing. Work can be stressful and make it difficult to find time for yourself and prioritize your mental health.

An excellent way for full-time workers to take care of their mental welling is by taking a mental health day. Whether you’re dealing with a breakup or major life crisis, the stress, anxiety and depression that comes with challenging life experiences can impact your daily work productivity.

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Simplicity – Your Key to a Successful Wellness Program [New Ebook!]

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Workplace wellness should be anything but complicated. With so many employees stressed enough as it is, the last thing you want to do is overwhelm them with complex wellness initiatives and tasks. Fortunately, we’re here to help you take the hassle out of building a successful wellness program. 

Our newest eBook is dedicated to helping you keep your wellness program simple. By keeping things simple, you’ll be able to focus on the main factors that lead to behavior change and promote a healthy, happy workforce. We narrowed it down to five key factors that contribute to an effective wellness program: accessibility, communication, health assessments, screenings, and health education and activities. 

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find when you download our free eBook:

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Here’s How to Get a Perfect Night's Sleep

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

There’s really nothing better than crawling into your warm bed after a long day. However, for many people, bedtime means tossing and turning until the alarm clock goes off. Lack of quality sleep leads to many mental and physical health problems. Not to mention, you certainly will be able to perform your best at work. 

Believe it or not, sleep is just as important to your health as nutrition and exercise. Your body simply cannot function without enough ZZZs. So, if you find yourself counting sheep trying to fall asleep, or waking up multiple times throughout the night feeling restless, it’s time to change the way you sleep. Use these tips to start promoting good sleep habits throughout your day and create the perfect sleeping environment: 

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Easy Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Poor office morale is bad for everyone. The business itself suffers from the loss of productivity, managers have to deal with high turnover rates, and employees are just plain unhappy. Research has shown the strong link between job satisfaction and work performance. Unhappy and disengaged workers don’t put in their full effort, and they are likely looking for other jobs. 

Signs of low employee morale shouldn’t be hard to spot. According to Dr. Laura Hills, some common warning signs of low employee morale include:

  • Increase in absenteeism and tardiness
  • Staff conflicts
  • Increase in errors
  • Uncooperative attitude
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Lack of commitment
  • Low participation
  • Opposition to authority
  • Silence during meetings 

If any of these signs are present at your company, don’t fret. While you might think office morale is completely out of your hands, the truth is that as an employer, you control many elements of the work environment that contribute to employee happiness. So, if your employees need a morale boost, try out some of these tips:

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Put Down That Candy Bar! Here are 8 Healthy Foods to Eat When Your Sugar Craving Kicks In

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Sep 18, 2017

We all know that feeling. It’s just after lunchtime, you’re feeling a bit drowsy, and your co-worker just delivered a batch of fresh donuts to the breakroom. Your sugar craving is at an all-time high, and you’re tempted to grab a glazed donut, even though you’re not even hungry.

This situation is common at the workplace. While you might be trying to eat healthily and cut back on sweets, chances are, most of your co-workers might not be doing the same. Office “cake culture” definitely plays in role in many full-time employees cheating on their diets. And we get it – it’s hard to resist temptation when you see your colleagues enjoying leftover birthday cupcakes for breakfast.

The scariest part about sugar is that it adds up quickly. In fact, most American adults triple the recommended daily amount of sugar, and many fall into the category of sugar addicts. Not to mention, too much added sugar can lead to major health issues like high blood pressure, a weak immune system, and liver damage.

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