Thursday, January 31, 2013

Life Balance TIps

Do you want to be happier at work? Consider adopting some of the following suggestions or ideas. The idea is not to have a "magic moment", rather many magic experiences that are fulfilling, meaningful and meeting your expectations for a happy life at work and home. At this time, it may be important to examine your attitudes about work along with expectations. Do you believe that if you work hard you will be rewarded? What is you aren't recognized for your efforts? It may be time to realign your expectations and find a new way to be happy at work. Use these 15 items to review or take stock of your strengths and liabilities around work.  Attending to life balance will help you live longer and be happier.
  1. Form meaningful connections at your job with colleagues and staff.
  2. Plan personal and family time and place it on your patient care schedule to help maintain a good work-life balance (Ask about whole person care and how we take care of each other).
  3. Learn to say “no” once in a while to requests for your time.
  4. Exercise to work off stress & tension.
  5. Sleep more.
  6. Relax without guilt.
  7. Focus on what is working in your life rather than fixating on what’s not working.
  8. Laugh with your family, friends and colleagues.
  9. Set good boundaries with your time and schedule.
  10. Play more.
  11. Have more fun.
  12. Be sure to take scheduled vacations or time off.
  13. Pause or take time before reacting to something that bothers you. Think about how you could best respond to the situation.
  14. Spend time doing things you’re passionate about outside of work, such as creative writing, photography or playing a sport, meditating, taking a class or imagine this…….doing nothing.
  15. Volunteer with an organization that gives you a sense of purpose of meaning. View yourself as a coach who cheers you on and gives you strength or confidence.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CBT.....Cognitive Behavioral Therapy "can reduce depression"

A recent study in the Lancet reported the following; Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can reduce symptoms of depression in a person who fail to respond to drug treatment. These are the research findings.
CBT, a type of psychotherapy, was found to benefit nearly half of the 234 patients who received it combined with normal care from their GP. Up to two-thirds of people with depression do not respond to anti-depressants. CBT is a form of talking psychotherapy to help people with depression changes the way they think to improve how they feel and alter their behavior. The study followed 469 patients with treatment-resistant depression picked from GP practices in Bristol, Exeter and Glasgow over 12 months. One group of patients continued with their usual care from their GP, which could include anti-depressant medication, while the second group was also treated with CBT. After six months, researchers found 46% of those who had received CBT reported at least a 50% reduction in their symptoms.
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The research confirms how these approaches - the psychological and physical - can complement each other. ” Prof Chris Williams University of Glasgow.
This compared with 22% experiencing the same reduction in the other group. The study concluded CBT was effective in reducing symptoms and improving patients' quality of life. The improvements had been maintained for a period of 12 months, it added.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is:
1.    a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people
2.    how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings CBT can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behavior). Unlike some other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" instead of the causes of distress or past symptoms.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President's Award 2012 for EAPA

This past year, I was honored by Jeff Christie, the recent past president of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, (EAPA), with the President's Award for service to the association. I am happy and proud. Thank you Jeff for your friendship and acknowledgement of my contributions.  The promotion of employee asistance is good for employees, the company and families. We need to continue to strive for growth, change and enhancing programs and services for the benefit and well being of our workforce..

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creating Yourself Means......

What does this poster mean to you? In the journey you are on one about finding yourself in 2013 or creating yourself? Looking inward is quite valuable, however, without moving in new directions, taking on challenges, having adventures, testing yourself, breaking old habits and patterns, moving out of your comfort zone, your personal, professional physical or social growth will be stunted. Why not consider venturing into new, unfamiliar territory to explore upgrading your skills, friends, marriage, work productivity and whatever else your heart desires. Make plans for the year, follow through and then...........affirm and validate yourself for your efforts. To build these new circuits in your brain, you will need to practice. Pay attention to your inner dialogue and develop a positive and optimistic voice to encourage you to seek your best self. These efforts will help to make your life more fulfilling and an adventure. A mantra to consider, "I embrace change." "Bring it on." Turn toward opportunities,  say yes and try new things. 

Why Worry? Recently, a reprint of the book  Why Worry  by friend and prolific author, Eric A. Kimmel was recently released. Gayle and ...