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New Year, New Resolutions!

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It is that time of year! Start off the New Year right by making a plan to improve your health!

A study done at Dominican University showed that people “who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals” (Forbes). So whatever your resolution may be, write it down and set a plan of how you will achieve it!

Here are some tips to setting a plan for your resolution:

  1. Decide on your resolution. It is important to set a concrete, realistic resolution.
  2. Once you’ve decided on a resolution, break the goal into smaller goals.
  3. Establish SMART goals each week. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
    • Identify 1 to 2 things you can do that will help you achieve your short-term goal, which in turn will contribute to your overall resolution!

Information and image adapted from HealthAdvocate.

HealthAdvocate is the Employee Assistance Program of SPC.

Don’t forget about all the FREE resources you have here, at SPC!

Looking to get more active?

All employees have TWO FREE personal training sessions available each year. Book an appointment today!

Trying to achieve work/life balance?

The Employee Assistance Program, HealthAdvocate offers resources and counseling for a variety of topics from anxiety and depression, to financial management, to nutrition, to legal forms and so much more. For more information, visit the Employee Assistance Program page.

Stay tuned for exciting new wellness events coming in 2017!

 

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Tweak Your Traditions To Have A Joyful Holiday!

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Have your family’s holiday traditions started to feel more like work, leaving you stressed and exhausted? Maybe the shuttling between extended families, the baking, frantic shopping, over-the-top decorating and attending multiple parties is overextending you physically, mentally and financially. You’re not alone. Many people find the holiday extravaganza overstimulating and more stressful than satisfying.

Don’t stress! There is still time to adjust your holiday headache.

Figure out what is causing you the most stress and decide what you can tweak. Include members of your family, because more likely than not they are probably feeling overwhelmed, as well. Overhauling your holidays can be challenging but start small and try some of the following tweaks this year.

Introduce alternating family visits. It can be hard to race around the area to see your parents, parent in-laws and extended family all on the same day. Discuss a plan to visit on a rotation. Maybe Thanksgiving at your parents and Christmas at the in-laws or invite everyone to the same location.

Scale back on gift-giving. Set a budget and stick to it. You don’t have to spend a bundle on a meaningful gift to every member of your extended family.

Simplify the cooking. Holiday meals are a staple of the season. However, it is unnecessary to have three different meats, ten sides, and a whole table of dessert. Pick the crowd favorites and skip the rest or ask family members to bring side dishes so all of the cooking is not left to you.

Downsize the decoration. Although beautiful, covering every surface with garland and holiday knickknacks can be a little overwhelming. The task of getting the house “holiday ready” can be daunting and lead to extra stress. Pick a few of your favorite items and streamline the rest. You will be thankful after the holidays when the cleanup is significantly less.

Give yourself the gift of time. Schedule a massage or spa day. It will re-energize you mentally and physically to better handle the festivities.

Talk to your Health Advocate Licensed Professional Counselor. You’ll receive free, confidential help, and if needed, referrals for additional support.

On behalf of the SPC Wellness Team, have a healthy and happy holiday!

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Information and image adapted from HealthAdvocate.

HealthAdvocate is the Employee Assistance Program of SPC.

 

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Create Your Holiday Wellness Plan Today!

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We are now in the middle of the holiday season and things can get very hectic this time of year. As the holiday season gets in full forces, take a moment to make a commitment to your health by creating a holiday wellness plan! Setting a plan can help you stick to your goals and start the New Year right and avoid having to play catch-up on your resolutions. Follow these steps to create a plan.

  1. Choose your goal. Whether you’ve already been working on a goal or are just starting, it is important to set a concrete, realistic goal. Here are some examples:
    • Maintaining your weight.
    • Staying active.
    • Eating healthy.
    • Stressing less.
    • Avoid overspending.
  2. Once you’ve established your overall goal for the holidays, break the goal into smaller goals. For example:
    • Maintaining your weight – you will want to do some combination of staying active and eating healthy
    • Staying active – you will want to choose some activities you can do during the holiday season. Luckily for us, Floridians, we don’t have to worry about working out with snow.
    • Eating healthy – you will want to check out some resources on how to choose healthier items during holiday gatherings and the in-between times. Click here for some tips.
    • Stressing less – you will want to create a plan to manage your time and pencil in some stress-reducing activities for yourself.
    • Avoid overspending – create a budget for the holidays by breaking down a specific amount of money you can spend on gifts, holiday parties, and other expenses.
  3. Establish SMART goals each week. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Identify 1 to 2 things you can do that will help you achieve your short-term goal, which in turn will contribute to your overall holiday goal!

Write down your goals each week and recruit family and friends to make a plan. People are more likely to stick to their goals if they have a good support system and are surrounded by people making similar commitments to their health.

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Information and picture adapted from HealthAdvocate.

HealthAdvocate is SPC’s Employee Assistance Program.

 

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Achieve Holiday Harmony!

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The most wonderful time of the year can often be the most stressful time of the year. December has become National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month, in order to help combat the stress of season. This year approach the holidays with less stress by keeping the following tips in mind.

 

Think positive! Let go of the need for the perfection and enjoy the holidays for what they are. Don’t stress if something doesn’t go as planned and appreciate the time spent with family and friends.

Avoid colds and flu. Nothing can hinder your holiday harmony like being sick. Get the flu shot, avoid others who are sick, and always wash your hands!

Drive safe! It’s that time of year to celebrate but make sure you are smart. Have a designated driver or call a cab or a ridesharing company to make sure you get home safe.

Stay within your budget! Finances can create a lot of unnecessary stress. Make a budget and stick to it.

Be grateful! Appreciate all that you have rather than concentrating on what you don’t.

Pamper yourself! Give yourself a gift of relaxation by enjoying a manicure, getting a haircut, play a round of golf – do something you love that relaxes you to ease your stress.

Laugh! They do say “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter can reduce stress and increase happiness. Watch a funny movie or video, spend time with someone who makes you chuckle, or play a fun game with friends or family.

Exercise! Physical activity promotes brain-pleasing chemicals that can increase feelings of well-being and decrease stress.

Sleep in! Sleeping is both a relaxing and restorative activity. Extra sleep may also increase energy so you can conquer your to-do list.

Last but not least, talk to someone. Utilize the EAP, and contact HealthAdvocate if you feel your stress levels rising this holiday season.

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Information and picture adapted from HealthAdvocate.

HealthAdvocate is SPC’s Employee Assistance Program.

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Healthy Holiday Heart Tips

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Information provided by HealthAdvocate, SPC’s Employee Assistance Program.

 

 

 

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30 Minutes Circuit City @ Allstate

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Latin Dance Aerobics @ Allstate

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Sleep Seminars Coming This December!

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Are you stressed about sleep?

Join a Certified Health Educator from the Morton Plant Mease Sleep Disorders Center to learn how sleep health affects your ability to cope and manage stress and learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder.

All seminars will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

This seminar is scheduled for the following dates and locations:

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For more information and room locations, please visit the SPC Wellness Event Calendar.

Seminar is FREE to all SPC employees.

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Holiday Chair Massages are Here!

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The holiday season is a time for celebration but typically the stress from those celebrations and the end of the semester can overshadow the excitement.

So take a moment for yourself to destress by joining us for a free chair massage.

Open to all employees.

No registration needed.

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Check the Wellness Event Calendar for time and location of each event.

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