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2019 Tuerk Conference New Solutions: Above and Beyond

Attend the 31st  annual Tuerk Conference and gain up to date information on current issues in the field of mental health and addiction treatment.  Participants will gain valuable information that will affect them and those they serve.


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Topic areas will include:

International drug treatment practices and policies in countries such as Portugal
Maryland’s response to Opioid Crisis
Medication assisted treatment
Medical Cannabis in Maryland; Cannabis in the Workplace
Suicide Prevention and Addiction
Reducing barriers to treatment
Harm Reduction strategies
Problem Gambling
Addiction and Pregnancy

For more information, visit NCADD 
Register HERE

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

…and so the adventure begins!

-EAP Staff 

For information and ideas on new years resolutions to support your mental health click here.

UMB Launch Your Life: STRIKING A BALANCE

Do you ever ask yourself where all that time and energy went?
Do you constantly find it difficult to manage the areas in your life?

Attend this workshop and learn the key to establishing and maintaining balance within your life!

Identify and reduce barriers that prevent you from achieving a balanced lifestyle.  Sue Walker from EAP will be speaking for a one hour event.

Join us and cultivate new skills to achieve balance and support overall wellness.

Tuesday January 15, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM 
SMC Campus Center, Room 349

Register HERE!

More info on Launch Your Life

Budgeting Made Easy

Free Webinar

The EAP partners with KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education) to educate employees about financial issues.  KOFE will be hosting a free webinar on November 6, 2018 (Election Day) from noon-12:30 with Budgeting Made Easy as the topic.  If that sounds interesting to you, please copy and paste this link into your browser to register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5320429408596472578

#metoo?

If you are experiencing triggers from all that is in the news lately and the #metoo movement, the EAP is here to help you sort things out.  Call 667.214.1555 or email mmccarre@som.umaryland.edu to make an appointment.

Stress Management – 3 Ideas

3 simple strategies to help you focus and de-stress

Do daily distractions leave you feeling unfocused and stressed? Take a breath. Here are three great ways to start taking back control.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Does it seem like you can’t complete even the simplest task without being distracted? Texts, emails, social media alerts, noisy colleagues, ringing phones… Friends, you are not alone.

Distracted thinking — aka daydreaming or mind wandering — affects everyone. In fact, researchers have found that people think about something other than what they’re actually doing — or supposed to be doing — almost half of the time. Turns out that a wandering, easily distracted mind is actually the default mode for the human brain.

Succumbing to distraction over and over, though, can build stress, foster unhappiness and even lead to depression. So if you’re one of the many looking to figure out how to handle distractions and improve your ability to focus, take comfort in the fact that research has shown a way forward.

One word: mindfulness.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of where you are and what you’re doing. At work, for instance, it means you’re focused on the project in front of you; walking with a friend, it gives you the ability to really focus on your surroundings and your conversation. Scientists have shown that you can actually train your brain to become more mindful. Like anything else, it just takes practice.

Ready to get started? These three practices have all proven useful in building mindfulness.

1. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)

MBSR training has become a recognized way to help people learn to avoid distractions and increase their attention on the task in front of them. It can also help improve memory, motivation and autonomy — all things likely to make you (and your boss) happier. MBSR programs typically include breathing, stretching and awareness exercises.

2. Meditation

Meditation aims to increase your awareness of the present moment and help you develop a gentle, accepting attitude toward yourself. Regular meditation practice has been shown to actually alter the brain — in a good way. One study showed that the area of the brain dedicated to regulating your emotions was significantly larger in meditators. In other words, in a world determined to trip you up with distractions and unpleasant surprises, meditation can help you stay more positive and more focused.

3. Mindful movement

The hallmarks of mindful movement, or yoga — structured breathing, controlled movement, mental focus — make it sound like the perfect antidote to stress and distracted thinking, but does science back that up? Yes, over and over again. Many studies have found that, after beginning a yoga program, people feel less stressed, more focused, even more optimistic. In fact, yoga’s been found to be even more beneficial to people who’re highly stressed.

In today’s so-called attention economy, the world is actually being designed to distract you. Everybody wants your attention, and they want it right now. But you can take back control of your focus, shed that stress, and wake up happier to meet your day.

Ready to commit to becoming more mindful? Great, go for it!

Grief Support Group, Fall 2018

The EAP has run a few Grief Support Groups over the years.  All of them have been well received.  So, a new one will run from October 9, 2018-December 11, 2018 on Tuesdays at noon.  Feel free to bring your lunch if necessary.  Please call the EAP at 667.214.1555 to register for the group, or if you have any questions. Also, you can email us at mmccarre@som.umaryland.edu. to register for the group.

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