Just a quick reminder for you to complete the Personal Health Assessment (PHA) as soon as you can. Completing the PHA is one of the requirements for ELEVATE along with completing the form with your health care professional and completing 3 challenges at www.ehawellness.org. The PHA will be open to our staff until August 31, 2021. However, we encourage you to take the PHA right away. Your report will include personal recommendations for making healthy choices while working and being at home during this time.
RETIRING OR MOVING TO A DIFFERENT GROUP? Retirees: If you are retiring this spring, you’ll need to let EHA Wellness know by clicking on the Move to Elevate Group link at www.ehawellness.org (log in with your code). This will let EHA Wellness know that you plan to complete the requirements to earn your $150 gift card!
New Job:If you have accepted a new position in a different EHA school or group, be sure to log in to www.ehawellness.org with your code, and click the blue Update button by your name. From there, update your account to your new employer. Questions? Email: [email protected]
Mindfulness Fact: A daily mindfulness practice will improve your productivity at work. As the result of your daily mindfulness practice, not only are you going to feel less stressed, you’ll be able to control your stress response, while your stress is happening. This is a huge advantage in the workplace. You’ll be better able to concentrate, turn off distractions, think more clearly, handle difficult emotions, and communicate better, too. You will be more able to remain calm in challenging situations, you’ll most likely sleep better, and as the result of ALL these benefits put together: you'll be more productive at work.
Mindfulness Benefit: Meditation has therapeutic value. The therapeutic value of meditation was laid out and proven by Dr. Herb Benson in his popular book, The Relaxation Response. Benson describes his own version, sometimes referred to as concentration meditation, where the main goal is to concentrate or meditate on a mantra or as Benson provided, a calming word or phrase. Mindfulness meditation, which needs no mantra, and costs nothing to learn, simply requires you to focus on anything that brings you into the present moment. It is often referred to as insight meditation or sometimes "vipassana meditation." Both styles of meditation, as Benson's research would show, allow a person to maintain conscious control over his or her own nervous system. As Benson explains in his book, this has some very interesting benefits including peace of mind, improved focus and reduced stress.
Mindfulness Technique: Try this exercise: "How am I doing right now?" There are many situations where this little mindfulness hack comes in handy. You can use it when you wake up in the middle of the night and your mind is all a twitter about something going on the next day or the next week. When you ask yourself this question, usually the answer is quite calming: "At this moment, I'm in a warm bed, it's comfortable and there's nothing that could possibly harm me right now."