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Whether you are returning in person or virtually, back to school can be stressful. Learn how to plan ahead, eat healthy on the go, schedule tasks, and share the load with resources available through your EAP–all of which will make for a stress-free fall season.  

To avoid any medical delays, please ensure you and your family members have a primary care provider on file before seeking services. All enrollees are required to have this on file. To ensure your family's well-being is taken care of, visit HealthSelect

As we begin a new semester, the UNT Rec Center continues its efforts for you and your family’s needs with weekly workouts, online resources and outdoor recreation tips. Find on-demand video clips, camping activities, outdoor cooking tips and more. Stay up to date with the latest activities and events with the UNT Sports App

Your UNT World Well-Being benefits include free financial education resources to help you make good decisions that can positively impact you today and tomorrow. Learn about planning for retirement, building emergency savings, conquering debt, managing student loans, Social Security, Medicare and much more. We’re curating a variety of financial webinars and videos on demand weekly. Check out the Events calendar regularly to find what interests you, and enjoy these opportunities to grow your financial wisdom and plot your own path to financial success. We’re posting new events all the time, so check back often!

Feeling overwhelmed? Visit your EAP for self-care tips when your emotions reach a fever pitch and cause you to lose focus and think rationally. 

Need help with nutrition, weight lost programs or mental health services? Visit your BCBS  employee portal to learn more about many health and education resources available to you for FREE.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week.  To help you reach and exceed those minutes, Rec Sports is providing new live and on-demand workouts, intramural events, outdoor clinics and tips, and family friendly activities each week.

Financial issues can cause strain on our relationships, impair our productivity at work when stress and strain overwhelm us and seriously impact our overall wellness. When we’re figuring out ways to take better care of ourselves, we need to include ways to manage financial stress as well.

Since self-care is about managing our well-being, and because it includes achieving balance in our lives that helps us feel better and live better, achieving a financial balance should play a part in our self-care strategy. 

Planning your financial self-care in times of stress

It’s especially hard to achieve financial balance in tough times. Now is a good time to turn to the experts to seek guidance on how to manage our finances and work on ways to positively impact our wellbeing and limit stress where we can.

Recommended free resources:

 2-1-1 Texas – connecting people with resources during Covid-19 (food, health, housing and more)

Debt.org’s Covid-19 financial advice and resources

Managing debt to improve your mental wealth (e-book from Money Management International)

Budget guides from MMI

Personal finance tools from incharge.org

PBS’s Personal Finance during the Covid-19 pandemic video

Two Cents’ How to Survive an Unemployment Crisis video

Find your United Way – Covid 19 financial resources

And here are some tips that can help:

Create a budget    

·       Now is the time to look at eliminating extras and focusing on the must haves of shelter, food, utilities, transportation, and medical care/medication. Free budget apps can help.

Keep tabs

·       Whether you use a spreadsheet, an app, or a legal notepad, spiral notebook, - or the backs of old envelopes – keep a record of your plan and keep it updated. Whatever you do – make a record of it so that you have your own tool for working out your plan.

Set goals

·       Start small with goals, and then build goals of different magnitude (small goals, short-term, long-term, major goals).  Goals can be guides on your financial path.  Brainstorming and then committing to them will help you stay on track with your plan.  Here are some examples to get you started.

Stick to the plan

·       Once you develop your plan – it’s time to plan ways to stick to it. You don’t have to be perfect – but finding ways to reward yourself for doing well at financial self-care can help you stay on track. That may mean something as simple as a long bubble bath, taking a staycation day off, or a family game night where you get to choose the game – as a little reward for sticking to your plan.  Find simple things that make you happy, and use them to reward yourself for staying on track.

Involve the whole family

·       Don’t keep the kids out of the loop. Sit down and talk as a family about struggles you are facing, what they mean, and how everyone can pitch in. Kids feel their parents’ stress – and if they don’t know where it’s coming from, that not knowing can increase anxiety for them. Your kids can learn and grow from dealing with financial adversity now, which will help them on their own paths to success later. And, they may surprise you with insights and ideas. 

Ask for help/talk about it with trusted friends

·       Now is a good time to talk to friends and family about finances – a topic that sometimes we think is off-limits or too personal.  People across the country and indeed across the world are struggling.  It’s the perfect time to open up, if comfortable, and talk to a trusted friend about how they are coping.  You may be able to share tips and even resources that can help you and others.

·       Reach out to resources in your community.  They are there for that reason.  Help from non-profits and resource networks can make a difference.

In the long run, if we implement good financial strategies during stressful times – we may find that we are creating lifetime habits that will keep us on a financial path that can lead to stability, less stress, and better financial management skills. The key is to be proactive, stay positive, and look into ways to be creative. 

Take advantage of financial videos, resources, curated articles, and webinars in your Wellbeing portal and be In the Green!

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  • Leave of absence without pay may be granted at the discretion of the employing department.

 

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Most of us spend most of our day sitting down. But sitting all day can have negative affects on our health, including increasing our chances of developing chronic health conditions like obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Even if you are getting the recommended 150 minutes a week of physical activity–sitting for long periods of time at your desk may still be impacting your health negatively.

Combat the negative impact of sitting by adding movement to your day:

At work:

  • Get up and stretch every 30 minutes.
  • Schedule a walking meeting via cell phone.
  • Elevate your laptop or PC so you can stand and work during part of your day (use an empty box, for example, if you don’t have a standing desk)
  • Working remotely? Use a counter in the kitchen part of the day to do work while standing.
  • When you take a break - take a walk. Breaks help you be more productive and working from home makes walking for exercise even easier!
  • Have your yoga mat handy at your desk and do some yoga at intervals during your day if you are into yoga.
  • Explore desk stretching or calisthenics (lunges, twists, squats, jumping jacks) that are easy to do in between meetings or tasks.

Off of work:

  • Stand some while watching television, and get up during commercials or between streaming shows and do household tasks like taking out the trash or watering plants or tidying up.
  • Stretch or do some calisthenics (like jumping jacks–get up and give yourself 10!) while watching your favorite show.  
  • Wash your car by hand instead of using the drive-thru car wash.
  • Gardening is a rewarding way to get active!
  • Walk or move around while checking text messages/receiving phone calls or playing games and doing puzzles on your phone.

UNT World’s In the Green Wellbeing program is a great place to find tips about getting more physical activity and there are lots of great workouts available online that you can do during work breaks! Build breaks into your schedule and enjoy these benefits whether working from home or on campus.

Human Resources Records has recently seen an increase in receipt of fraudulent unemployment claims. This type of fraudulent activity is occurring across the Country and is being closely monitored; additionally, our IT security team has confirmed that there is no data breach of UNT World systems. Presently, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) fraud management has all UNT World unemployment requests on hold, which means no unemployment benefits will be paid out until confirmation and validation is received from HR Records.

Should you receive a fraudulent unemployment claim, please immediately contact HR Records at hrrecords@untsystem.edu.

When a fraudulent claim is identified, HR Records immediately notifies TWC, ITSS Security team, and the applicable Campus Police for appropriate action. TWC will be informed that the employee is an active employee of UNT World and they will initiate an investigation. HR Records will also send affected employees an email with actions they can take. This communication includes information about contacting the following:

TWC Fraud Line: 800-252-3642 or twc.fraud@twc.state.tx.us

Federal Trade Commission: 877-438-4338 / www.consumer.ftc.gov

IRS: 800-908-4490 / www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection One, or all of the three credit reporting agencies

Experian: 888-397-3742

Equifax: 866-349-5191

Transunion: 800-916-8800

Local Police Department

Affected employees will also be encouraged to consider changing passwords assigned to the following, as applicable:

UNT World systems – log on to https://ams.unt.edu

Employees Retirement System (ERS-Plan Administrator for Benefits) – 877-275-4377 / www.ers.state.tx.us

Teacher Retirement Systems of Texas (TRS-Retirement) – 800-223-8778 / www.trs.state.tx.us

We understand that becoming aware of a fraudulent unemployment claim can be stressful, and HR Records is actively and promptly taking appropriate action upon receipt of fraudulent claims. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to HR Records or to your Campus HR team.