Despite the challenges you may be facing, practicing gratitude has been proven to increase resilience. Did you know that adding a daily gratitude list to your day can improve your health, relationships, mindset and helps performance in challenging situations?
Now, on to matters that can cause us a measure of strain this time of year.
Did holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales stress you out? You're not alone. Sign up for webinars this month that can bring peace and calm, such as "Manage Holiday Stress" or "COVID Holiday Blues, Strategies for Coping" with UNT counselor Tamara Knapp-Grosz. Feel like you need to watch your spending habits? You'll learn a tip or two from "Putting Your Debit on a Diet." Find these helpful webinars and many more here.
Holiday shoppers, don't miss these discounts
The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) offers the Discount Purchase Program to all state employees participating in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) and their immediate families. Check your list twice, with hundreds of discounts from recognized vendors on big-ticket items like computers, electronics and even cars; plus everyday necessities like grocery delivery. Online shopping is a great way to social distance and avoid crowded stores.
Employees can access these discounts at beneplace.com/discountprogramERS. Register by entering an email address and creating a password. Once logged in, employees can view categories of discounts such as “Holiday deals” or search for a particular vendor or item. Offers include discount codes and/or links to the vendor’s site where offers can be redeemed. (ERS does not endorse or sponsor any Discount Purchase Program service or service provider and does not benefit from members’ participation in the program.)