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10 Money-Saving Lessons

Are you overwhelmed with financial stress? Access KOFE webinars instantly for valuable information on money saving lessons. Here you can expand your knowledge of debt management, credit consolidation, student loan repayment, first time home buying, and increase overall financial wellness.

Access webinars and PowerPoint presentations instantly to improve financial literacy skills. Register and instantly access webinars.

GoToWebinar: Student Loans- Part 1
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GoToWebinar: Student Loans- Part 2 
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Mental Health Month 2019

2019 marks the 70th year Mental Health Month has been observed. Educate yourself and others while raising awareness for mental health. Check out Mental Health America’s Mental Health Month Toolkit for more information on work life balance, animal companionship, spirituality, humor and social connection.

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2019 kicks off MONDAY 4/1/19!

Attend events and join in on conversations about focused on the 2019 theme:“Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health.”

The Wellness Hub at UMB will be hosting events throughout the week designed to engage and inform on key public health issues in your local community, nationally and world wide. Check out events listed here.

During the week, we will celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system. For more information 

Spring Cleaning for the Mind

Spring is a time for regrowth and renewal. Have you considered spring cleaning for the mind? It’s a great time to declutter negativity, drama and unnecessary stress from our lives. This rejuvenation period allows us to declutter our thoughts and feelings to help boost sense of self, recognize accomplishments, engage in new endeavors and start off the spring season feeling refreshed. What a great gift to give ourselves!

Declutter
Toxic Relationships
Bad Habits
Negative Talk
Negative Thoughts
Release Anger and Resentments

Rejuvenate
Gratitude
Creative Projects
Positive Friendships
Mindfulness

Check out this SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST for tips on how to remove negative mental clutter and create welcoming space for positive changes

Sleep Apps for Your Phone

If you have trouble turning off your brain when you try to go to sleep at night, perhaps an app on your phone could help you.  Helpline.com lists a number of different apps for iPhone and Android phones.  Some apps have soothing sounds. Others guide you through a short meditation. Another one can track your sleep cycles and adjust your alarm time so you are awakened during a light phase of your sleep, rather than when you are in a deep sleep. Helpline does not endorse any of the apps, but there are ratings on the website for each app. Prices range from free to $4.99. For some people it helps to talk with a counselor, who is an objective person with, perhaps, a different perspective to help you sort out all those thoughts in your head. The EAP offers short term, free counseling to employees and their family members.  For more information call 410.328.5860 to set up an appointment, or email us through this website.

Good Mood Foods

In the January 14, 2014 Washington Post, author Maya Dangerfield writes about food that can boost your mood. She states, “Researchers have studied the association between foods and the brain and identified 10 nutrients that can combat depression and boost mood: calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and zinc. Her article goes on to identify which foods you should eat to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need to boost serotonin and other neurotransmitters the body relies on to help maintain a positive outlook on life.  Consult with your doctor or nutritionist for more information for your body.  Also, feel free to make an appointment in the EAP for help with talking through some of the issues in your life that are weighing you down.

Having Trouble Relaxing?

This might be the right tool for you!

One of our senior counselors, Cheryl Confer, recently attended a workshop on Coherent Breathing. This is a simple breathing practice that is designed to reduce stress and anxiety and create a relaxed state of mind and body.  It is based on a scientific principle of regulating the body’s autonomic nervous system responsible for our feelings of calm and relaxation.  If you are interested in learning about this practice, you are invited to schedule an appointment with Cheryl at the EAP.

Assistance for Care Givers

Regina Curran, who is a Geriatric Care Manager, came to the EAP and presented information to employees about what professionals in her area can do to help families who have an elderly relative or friend for whom they are caring.  She explained that they also help families with young or disabled children who need resources, especially with Mental Health resources.  Sometimes families also need a Home Health Aid. The Care Manger can help a family get connected to one.

All in all, a Care Manger can help you in many arenas. Their website is www.midatlanticgcm.org. On it is stated, “A Geriatric Care Manager specializes in assisting older people and their families with long-term care arrangements. We can help you meet the challenges of long distance care giving, put together a comprehensive plan for present or future needs, provide extra assistance for relocation, or monitor your relative during your vacation.”

A Geriatric Care Manager will meet with the family and do an assessment, which generally takes 2 hours.  Then, they can help the family put resources in place.  However, a Geriatric Care Manager can also just consult with a family and give suggestions or recommendations.  They can help educate families about what programs are available for additional services. They can be helpful to families whose loved one lives in Maryland, but can also help with long distance cases.

An interesting book for Care Givers to read is “The 36-Hour Day.”  One interesting caveat Regina shared is that Care Givers often don’t take care of themselves like they should.  Often, a Care Giver will pass away before the person they are caring for because of neglecting their own health.  So, self-care is important to all. Contact the EAP to find out the myriad of possibilities for people to take care of themselves.  Your loved one will thank you for it!!