Tag Archives: Wellness

July EFAP News: Maintaining Enthusiasm

Turn up the Excitement

When enthusiasm wanes, or we find ourselves feeling burned out, it usually means that we’ve lost a sense of connection to what feels most important to us. Whether you’re looking to rev up enthusiasm in your personal or professional life, the following steps may be helpful:

Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Whether it’s keeping a gratitude journal, listing three things you’re thankful for first thing in the morning, writing a gratitude letter to someone, or expressing it in another way, focusing on what we do have helps us feel a greater sense of satisfaction and motivation.

Set goals. Identifying and mapping out goals helps connect us to our values and motivates us to work toward the things we consider to be most important. Be sure to ask yourself why achieving the goal means so much to you-really dig deep. Then, break the goal down into manageable chunks and give yourself credit for reaching certain milestones along the way. 

Change it upIt’s easy to fall into ruts. Making a change, whether it’s as small as taking a different route home or something larger, like learning a new skill, helps to broaden our perspective and open us to other possibilities.

Invest in what’s important. Goals often get pushed to the back burner as other priorities take precedence. But committing time or energy to the things that “light us up”-even when we feel we’re too busy-will have a huge impact on our wellbeing and levels of satisfaction in the long run.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Preventing Burnout: A Balanced Life Check-Up.” Use this training as an opportunity to spark new ideas to keep your life feeling fulfilled. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on 

“Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.

Free Monthly Webinar:

Preventing Burnout: A Balanced Life Check-UP

Wednesday, July 19th

12 -1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.EST

9 -10 a.m. and 12-1 p.m.PST

The first step to preventing burnout in your personal and professional life is to identify its signs and symptoms. In this interactive session, you will learn how to detect burnout triggers and discover ways to regain enthusiasm and life balance. Learning to prevent burnout can enhance your ability to maintain high performance without compromising your physical and emotional health.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend above.
  • Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with your username and password. Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
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Or call them at: 800-828-6025
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From E4 Health: Resources for Resiliency

A healthy strategy any way you slice it:

When life hands you lemons… well, you know the rest. We can’t avoid adversity, but we can learn strategies to bounce back, and in some cases, to make the most of it. By becoming more resilient to setbacks, we increase our likelihood of eventual success. To make life’s challenges easier to swallow, let E4 Health provide professional counseling, daily living support resources, referrals, and information on these and other topics:

  • Recovering from setbacks
  • Dealing with life transitions
  • Managing stress, anxiety, and anger
  • Locating care providers for children, older adults, or pets during unplanned circumstances
  • Financial and legal matters
  • Effective communication
  • Adequate sleep and relaxation
  • Creating family and workplace harmony
  • Making time for yourself

E4 Health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

June EFAP News: IMPROVING RESILIENCE

Free Monthly Webinar:

Turning Negatives into Positives

 

Thursday, June 22nd

12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. EST

9-10 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. PST

It can be hard for you or your family to keep a positive outlook through life’s challenges. In this training, participants will learn to build confidence and self-esteem using mindfulness techniques. We’ll also review motivational strategies to facilitate life-long change as well as proactive ways to find the positives.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend above.
  • Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with your username and password.  Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

STRENGTHEN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Resilience is often thought of as bouncing back from adversity, but we can also think of it as bouncing forward-using challenging experiences as opportunities for learning and growth. The following tips are designed to support you in enhancing resilience and reducing stress:

Make a plan to change the things you can. Identifying the things that are within your power to change-and taking action to change them-will allow you to feel both calmer and more empowered. Be sure to create clear action steps with timeframes, detailing what you’ll do and when.

Tune-in to self-talk. We can’t always control what happens in life, but we can control the way we respond-including what we say to ourselves about it. Self-talk is usually subconscious, and it’s typically negative. To change it, tune in and notice what you’re asking or telling yourself, without judgment. Then, look to reframe in a way that’s positive but that also feels authentic to you.

Stress time for self-careMaking time for physical activity, connecting with supportive friends or loved ones, relaxation activities, sleep, and eating well will go a long way in helping to boost resilience. The stronger you’re feeling before a stressor hits, the better you’ll be able to handle it.

Set and maintain boundaries. Practice saying “no” to requests (when possible and appropriate) so that you’ll be able to say “yes” to more of the things you really want to do. Preserve your energy by limiting time spent with people who drain you and instead, spending more time around people and places that make you feel your best.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Turning Negatives into Positives.” By learning to look for the proverbial “silver lining,” you can improve your resilience. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on “Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

From E4 Health: Summer Planning

Summer brings longer days, warmer weather, and opportunity to spend time with friends and family. For some people summer means vacation, and cookouts, while those with children may be thinking about child care and summer camp. Whatever your plans may be, let E4 Health help you find all the resources you need.

  • Information on resources and topics such as:
    • Travel and Recreation planning
    • Special interest and special needs summer camps
    • Questions to ask when considering child care
    • Safety tips on outdoor recreation
    • Summer activities and events in your area
    • Pet care resources
  • Financial consultation to develop strategies for managing expenses

Exclusive Savings on Camp supplies, sunscreen, clothing, and more at the online Savings Center

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)