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20 World Kindness Day Activities to Try at Home and Work

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Nov, 04, 2020

World Kindness Day is November 13.

Right about now, we could all do or witness acts of kindness to lift our spirits.

When we are empathetic and kind, it can improve confidence, happiness, and overall optimism. And when others experience or witness our kindness, it may encourage them to do some good of their own.

Collective acts of kindness lift up both individuals and communities, which is why sprinkling a little extra sweetness out into the world on November 13 can start right in the workplace.

Ready to get started?

Below are ideas that can be tried both inside and outside the workplace. Whether your team works together in an office or remotely, they can spread empathy through different variations of these World Kindness Day activities.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite ideas:

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35 Health Tips Your Employees Will Love

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Oct, 21, 2020

In need of some fresh health tips to share with your employees?

Sharing health tips is a simple way to get wellness content in front of your employees without hassle — especially when they’re in an easy-to-digest format like the list in this post.

These are easy to share on your team’s Slack channel, in an email, at your next meeting, or even on your office bulletin board.

Below, you’ll find tips to encourage your employees to focus on their physical and mental health that they can start using as soon as today.

Ready for health points to share that will keep your team feeling their best?

Here are 35 health tips your employees will appreciate:

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How to Reduce Anxiety Naturally at Work or Home

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Oct, 14, 2020

There is no denying anxiety levels are at an all-time high for many people.

This month alone, people Googled the keyword “natural anxiety supplements” 8,100 times. In March and April, at the height of the pandemic lockdowns, related terms for anxiety relief hit over 12,000 monthly searches.

Individuals everywhere are looking at how to reduce anxiety naturally. It’s a safe bet that some of those searches came from yourself or employees, too.

Luckily, anxiety management techniques are available, as are ways to learn how to reduce anxiety naturally. By sharing this post with your team, you’ll give them tools to learn how to reduce anxiety on their own terms.

Here’s a look at how to reduce anxiety naturally. No meds required.

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13 Ways to Create Mindfulness in the Workplace (Even Remotely)

Posted by Seraine Page on Tue, Oct, 06, 2020

Mindfulness in the workplace isn’t anything new.

In fact, companies like Apple, Google, and Nike are big proponents of it. The leaders of these Fortune 500 companies know the cost of burned out employees who have been “multitasking” for too long.

But, multitasking is a myth. Being mindful and focusing on one task at a time, it turns out, is way more productive.

With the current pandemic, working from home situations may start to feel like 24/7 work situations; lay-offs mean employees are taking on more work than normal to keep businesses afloat. And, with workers tethered to their phones, it's hard to shut off busy brains.

Focusing on being mindful and intentional can create space and time to respond instead of reacting throughout the workday.

This post will highlight simple yet effective ways to help team members be more mindful. Below, you’ll find ways to encourage workers to set daily intentions, set aside “playtime” sessions, and practice in-the-moment connections.

If you want to see your employees and your management team benefit from mindfulness, below are a few activities and ideas to introduce the idea in your workplace.

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Employees’ Wellness Habits Are Changing, Wellness Survey Says

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Sep, 02, 2020

It’s no secret employee wellness is changing.

Thankfully, the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey results show Americans are making positive wellness changes. For employers who like to follow trends and update their wellness programs, now may be the perfect time to do so.

“Now is an opportune time for Americans to make an investment in their health, with employers in a crucial role to foster healthy habits among employees in the workplace and while working at home,” stated Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer in a recent press release.

Given that the pandemic has created a hyperfocus on health and well-being, those surveyed reported updated changes in their wellness routines. For example, more than two-thirds of respondents said that walking has become their preferred exercise routine during the pandemic.

“The UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey highlights the importance of implementing robust well-being programs that may foster whole-person health, reduce absenteeism, and curb care costs,” Madsen added.

Below, you’ll see the findings are a collection of opinions of health topics and preferences, which can help you further improve or inspire your next updates to your wellness program.

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11 Ways To Engage Remote Employees In Healthy Behaviors

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Jul, 22, 2020

Are you wondering how to engage remote employees in wellness discussions?

With more teams working remotely these days, engaging remote employees with useful wellness ideas to inspire healthy behavior is a must.

Especially if you want to keep them as mentally and physically healthy as possible during an era where good health is more important than ever.

Plus, if you’re not engaging your remote workers, it could be costly.

Back in 2017, The Engagement Institute released a report that disengaged employees cost companies between $450 and $550 billion a year.

Yikes.

Remote work has its own challenges when it comes to navigating unique stressors like isolation and a more sedentary work environment. That just means you have to figure out how to get remote workers invested in virtual wellness initiatives.

Not sure how?

Here are 11 ways to engage remote employees with ease:

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7 Healthy Summer Foods You Won’t Want to Miss This Season

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Jul, 08, 2020

Are you looking for the best healthy summer foods around?

If you need some recipe ideas for healthy options for your next BBQ, we’ve got you covered.

While it’s tempting to pick up store-bought coleslaw, potato salad, or fried chicken, those foods are generally pre-packaged and full of sodium and fat.

Luckily, summertime is the perfect time to buy seasonal favorites like cherries, which happen to be healthy and delicious.

Below, we’ve rounded up seven summer foods and easy ways to prepare them for the greatest health benefits.

Here’s a look at healthy summer foods you won’t want to miss this season:

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Fireworks Safety Facts to Help Your Workers Safely Enjoy the 4th

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Jun, 29, 2020

It’s time for the annual fireworks safety reminder.

Every year, the month surrounding July 4th keeps local emergency rooms busy. In the month leading up to the holiday, an average of 180 people go to the E.R. daily thanks to fireworks-related injuries.

Aside from worrying about burns, there are other health concerns to keep in mind, too, like hearing damage and smoke inhalation.

This post will offer safety facts and tips you can distribute to employees so they can safely enjoy the fireworks displays this upcoming weekend.

Whether team members are blasting off their own fireworks or going to a public display, here are some fireworks safety facts to keep in mind:

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Nutrition and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Jun, 25, 2020

Not surprisingly, the food you eat impacts both your mind and your body.

Thanks to a new field of research called nutritional psychiatry, new studies are showing a stronger link between nutrition and mental health.

Studies are revealing connections between good gut health and how the immune system responds. Research also points to the fact that bad gut health not only leads to poor mental health but also increases risk of other health conditions.

Our gut health is impacted by what we eat. In turn, when you consume the right foods, it releases the “happy hormone” known as serotonin. Appropriate levels of this neurotransmitter keeps your mood elevated, sleep patterns on track, and overall health going in the right direction.

Curious about how to keep your gut and mind happy?

Below, we share the most recent findings and include details on foods to keep you feeling physically and mentally well.

Here’s a look at how good nutrition can help your mental health:

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The Biggest Benefits of Natural Light May Surprise You

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Jun, 22, 2020

Now that summer is here, it’s time to soak up the benefits of natural light.

A 2018 Future Workplace survey found natural light in the workplace — along with views of nature — to be the number one desire of employees. Exposure to natural light helps regulate mood, improves sleep, and reduces digital eye strain issues.

Sunshine never looked so good, huh?

Since social distancing measures are still very much in place in most workplaces, why not send some of your employees outside to comfortable workspaces? If employees are still working remotely, encourage them to set up shop on a patio or in their backyard to reap the positive perks associated with sunlight and mental health. 

Below, discover the biggest benefits of natural light and why soaking up the sunshine should be added to everyone’s health to-do list this summer.

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