Well-being opportunities weeks of 6/15 and 6/22

From Rebecca Schubert, MS RDN NBC-HWC
GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator
What’s on tap for Well-Being this week and next? Well-Being Calendar“It’s ruinous for the soul to be anxious about the future and miserable in advance of misery, engulfed by anxiety that the things it desires might remain its own until the very end.  For such a soul will never be at rest-by longing for things to come it will lose the ability to enjoy present things.” – Seneca, Moral Letters, 98.5b-6a
As we move into the second half of Employee Well-being month, let’s focus on happiness and positive emotions.  Even with all that is going on in the world around us, it is okay to be happy and to experience positive emotions.   Did you know that forty percent of a person’s happiness is based on intentional activities?  That means doing things like practicing mindfulness, engaging in flow experiences, spending time in nature and taking care of our physical bodies can actually boost our level of happiness.  To support your happiness and positive emotions we’ve got some good stuff going on over the next two week and we hope you’ll join us.    Reset and recenter
Check out this five minute video and let Coach Cami lead you through a mindful pause that you can do anytime to reset and recharge or roll the virtual dice for a quick, mindful reset. 

Get into flow
Physical activity and cooking are two activities that can get us into flow.  Flow is as any activity that we get completely immersed in, where we become oblivious to the outside world, where were are so in the moment that we lose track of time.  Join us for a yoga class, for a quick cardio session with Yoo-Sun or a strength training session with Jeff.  On Wednesday, June 17th and 24th we’ll be cooking up some tasty meals with the dietitians from Whole Health Nutrition.  Grab your ingredients and cook along with us as we prepare blackberry balsamic glazed pork and potato salad and cauliflower crust pizza and a salad with apple cider maple vinaigrette.  You can find out more about these classes on the GMHEC Well-Being calendar and on our Facebook group.  The password for the calendar is GMHECWell-Being. 

What could be better for nurturing positive emotions than spending time in nature?
The Vermont State Parks are opening on June 26th so this is a great time to get in on the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge.   Download your score sheet here.  Have a blast going the activities listed on the score sheet.  Submit your completed score sheet by October 15th and receive a VIP coin, good for free state park entry for rest of this year and all of next.
Join Charlie Nardozzi and learn how to “Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden”.  At this event, hosted by the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program and North Branch Nature Center, Charlie will discuss the essential aspects pollinators need such as shelter, nesting sites, water and habitat and the best trees shrubs and flowers to attract and sustain pollinators in your yard. Wednesday, June 17th 5:00-6:00 pm EST.  Preregistration required.  Click here to register. 
Join the folks from the Saratoga Springs Public Library as we learn about “Backyard edible plants and herbs”.  Learn about different ways you can use them to make coffees, teas and more. Friday, June 19th 2:00-2:45 pm EST.  Register here.   . . .  Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) can help you with so much….addiction, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, violence, abuse and trauma, divorce and child custody, interpersonal relationships, sexual health, special needs resources, child and elder care, parenting support, pet care, stress and coping, adoption and new parent support, educational information and services, legal referral, debt and bankruptcy, identity theft, insurance resources, renter and landlord rights, personal injury, real estate, taxes and audits, wills and estates, budgeting resources, banking and credit, investing and taxes.  Phew….can you believe you can get access to all of that for free with just one click or phone call? Access Your EAPReach Out to RebeccaJoin Well-Being Facebook GroupVisit Well-Being Pages