Does Wellness at Work Payoff?

A resounding YES is the answer. In a recent article Rahul K. Parik reports the following, "an 2010 analysis of 36 studies that looked at corporate wellness programs suggested they can be effective. Researchers calculated that employers saved $6 for every $1 spent: $3.27 saved in medical costs and an additional $2.73 gained due to reduced absenteeism. An earlier analysis had found that such programs reduced sick leave, health plan costs, worker compensation and disability costs by about 25 percent." So, the company saves money, reduces absenteeism, but you live a longer and healthier life. There are several aspects to wellness as you can see by the graphic. Mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, environmental and social. A balance of these various aspects and can help keep you healthy, but need to be measured. Rate yourself from 0-100 on each segment. Once you have a total score, examine each area to determine where you need to boost your score.
What is your company doing to help your wellness?  More importantly, what are you doing for your own well-being and wellness? It may be time to explore both areas as opportunities for growth, change and improving your life, longevity and quality of life.
The biggest culprits robbing you of a happy and healthy life include: diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and high cholesterol. If these diseases and problems are managed, your life will improve in immeasurable ways. Take time to look inside yourself to see what you are doing to help or hurt yourself. Explore with your corporate medical department, employee assistance program or human resources to see what incentives, programs and assistance you can get to help you on your way. If you wish to read the article, just click on the link below.
NY Times Article

Do you have an addiction to the internet?

In this day and age, our "Digital Diet" or time online with all social media available on the internet is expanding to the point of being a problem for more and more of the population at all ages. What do I mean by this? Well, If you have to be online continually, perhaps you need to examine how you time on the internet may be affecting your life, work, relationships, family and mood. Warning signs to watch out for include:

  • Inability to control your time on the internet.
  • Lying about your time online.
  • Hiding your activities online.
  • Finding yourself "surfing" online, shopping gambling, accessing cyber porn/sex.
  • Feeling irritable, depressed mood, escaping, isolating yourself, losing sleep, &/or avoiding face-to-face social interaction.
The above indicators may be signs you are addicted to the internet. Clinically, addiction has three major elements: tolerance, withdrawal and craving. If you experience these feeling or are having these problems, it may be time for you to seek help. The internet can be a "reality" substitute. Certainly, there is healthy and unhealthy use of the internet. The problem categories are: 1) Cybersex addiction (Porn, Adult Chat, Fantasy, Role Play), 2) Cyber Relationship addiction (Chat rooms, Messaging), 3) Net compulsions (Gambling, Stock Trading, Auctions, eBay), 4) Net overload (FaceBook, Pinterest, Searching) 5) Computer addiction (games). Take a vacation and leave the social media behind. You will discover if you need to "detox" from the internet. Don't get caught in the net and lose contact with life and reality. Virtual reality is only a temporary substitute. If you would like to see a recent interview I did on Internet Addiction for Channel 39, just click on the link below.

Dr. Klaybor Television Interview on Internet Addiction