Being outdoors is a great way to set your mood, mind and body. Hiking is a low-impact exercise that you can do with your family and friends while maintaining social distancing. With the fall weather upon us, a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered. Grab a backpack and head to your nearest trail. Here are some locations in your own backyard for UNT Campus or Discovery Park.
Learn more about the benefits of hiking.
It’s important more than ever to take care of your mental health, especially during our social isolation over the last few months. You may feel stressed with staying indoors and having less interaction with others. Learn more about how to keep busy and connected to others with your EAP resources.
Fall is here, and it is a great time to learn eight easy, beginning-level exercises that you can do in and outdoors to get moving, establish a routine to build confidence and create lifelong habits for good health.
Learn more about the benefits of easy workouts for beginners.
As of Sept. 1, all medical plan enrollees can participate in the new HealthSelectShoppers incentive program that allows you to save money and earn rewards for certain medical services and procedures. Learn more on how to participate and start saving money.
Take time to take some deep, calming breaths. Breathe in deeply through the nose, and slowly release breath through the mouth. Doing so is an intentional way to calmness. Close your eyes and shut everything out. Now, breathe. Not sure about this? Try the “Soft Belly Breathing” technique.
Whether you put on some old-school grooves and shake it like a Polaroid, prefer some quiet storm and sway in your chair, or thrash out to 80’s metal–let loose a little. Doing any kind of movement throughout the day is going to release endorphins and improve your overall mood. Here are some ideas to get you moving. And, from helpguide.org: ways to exercise if you have limited mobility due to disability, injury or illness. And here are chair exercises from Saga.co.uk.
Check out these thoughts on dancing like no one’s watching.
Let your imagination take you to a calm place of peace. It’s called Guided Imagery, and it can help relieve stress. Your mind and body really are connected. Calm body, calm mind. Did you know that imagining something like being at peace can trick your mind and body into actually being at peace? Here’s how.
This month, there are several wellness opportunities available through ERS, with a focus on work-life balance. Balancing work and life can be very challenging right now, especially if you have children or grandchildren in your household. We hope you find support through the resources shared In the Green.
Dealing with financial stress and strain is another tough aspect of the pandemic. To help cope, there are key tips for handling these issues that can help you achieve financial well-being and balance. Additionally, there is an Employee Assistance Program available to you that provides access to free financial counseling, as well as other resources to help with the effect of stress on your life. And, now more than ever, it’s important to manage our mental health and practice good self-care. You’ll also find resources and helpful videos, as well as webinars on a range of wellness topics, at the In the Green Wellbeing Portal–from financial education to meditation, stress relief and exercise.