Wellness Wednesday: Mental health awareness

By Onna Moore, wellness specialist

Mental health is more important now than ever before; it impacts every area of our lives. The importance of good mental health ripples into everything we do, think or say.

Reasons to care for mental health

Maintaining a positive mental health and treating any mental health conditions is crucial to stabilizing constructive behaviors, emotions and thoughts. Focusing on mental health care can increase productivity, enhance our self-image, and improve relationships.

Nurturing mental health doesn’t just improve our daily functioning, but it can also help us control — or at least combat — some of the physical health problems directly linked to mental health conditions. For example, heart disease and stress are related, so managing stress might have a positive outcome on heart disease.

New Wellness activity for May

Hello from your friendly neighborhood wellness specialist! I am excited to announce that we have a new monthly activity! Starting today until June 3, we are focusing on positive affirmations and teamwork.

Each retail location will create a Positive Affirmations Vision Board. Retail locations will have four weeks to complete this activity. The fun twist is that I will not be judging the submissions. career service directors will pick four winners, one store from retail RM area.

These four winners will win $100 to Fill the Fridge and be featured in our weekly newsletter. To submit a photo of your Positive Affirmations Vision Board, click “Submit Wellness Paperwork.” Attach the name of your store and “Vision Board” in the title. Feel free to mention everyone on the team who worked on this activity. We want to give credit to all who participate. 😊

For non-retail folks, you are not left out of the fun! Linked here is a “My Strengths and Qualities” worksheet. From May 11 to June 3, you can complete this worksheet and turn it in by clicking “Submit Wellness Paperwork.” Three winners will be drawn in a raffle to win $15 via Awardco!

Here’s an example of a Positive Affirmations Vision Board:

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson

 

Upcoming Wellness events

The Wellness team be holding Wellness event in Bowling Green on July 13. There will also be dates planned for Louisville, Lexington and Somerset. The events will offer comprehensive blood tests, physicals and more! Learn more below:

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month, we welcome growth – not only in the fresh May flowers, but also in our minds as we focus on mental health and the things we can do to improve it!

Check in on the resources offered through Goodwill. For spiritual guidance and council, reach out to Chaplain Rob!

“As a Chaplain here at Goodwill, I’m to serve, provide and meet the spiritual-care needs for Goodwillers and Goodwill participants throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

You can also utilize our employee assistance program (EAP) through Cigna, which provides all employees and their family members with confidential, professional counseling, education and referral services. The toll-free number gives you direct access to a 24/7 guidance consultant who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources.

Cigna’s toll-free number is 800-538-3542.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. If this subject has been the focus of discussion and research for more than 60 years, why does it still carry such a negative stigma? Why are we ashamed to tell someone that we need help or that we are struggling emotionally or mentally?

For guidance on mental health resources, please get in touch with your career coach, or reach out to me at Onnastacia.Moore@Goodwillky.org.

We are excited to announce the new method for turning in Wellness paperwork! Go to www.goodwillky.org/wellness/, and click on the “submit wellness paperwork.”

 

Managing stress – Final Part

Hello and happy Wednesday from the friendly neighborhood wellness specialist. We are now in Week 3 of Stress Awareness. Now that we’ve identified our stressors, we need to learn healthy coping strategies.

Coping strategies are actions we take – consciously or unconsciously – to deal with stress, problems or emotions, Unhealthy coping strategies can sometimes feel good in the moment but can have long-term negative effects. Here are some examples of both healthy and unhealthy coping strategies:

For Week 3’s activity, fill out this worksheet on healthy versus unhealthy coping strategies. Turn in this worksheet between 4/20 and 4/27. The first 20 people to complete this activity will get entered into a raffle to win $15 in Awardco. Three winners will be drawn. If you have already won the last two week’s prizes, you do not qualify for this week! This gives a chance to those who have not won. 😊

BONUS POINTS:

For bonus points of $10, please complete the “Managing Stress” training course on Elevate. Note: If you have already completed this for the WIP program, you do not qualify, as that will be paid out with WIP 😊. This course must not have a date older than 4/19/2022. This allows new participants a chance to win Awardco points.

 

The Not-To-Do List – Part 2

Hello from your friendly neighborhood wellness specialist. This month is Stress Awareness Month. Last week, I asked you to send me your top-five stresses. I read every stress worksheet, and while I tried to respond to everyone, the amount of worksheets I got was sizable. To start working on those stressors, the next activity is the Not-To-Do List.

The premise of this exercise is, in any difficult situation, there are factors we can control and factors we cannot control.

Anxiety often comes when we focus excessively on the factors we can’t control, while ignoring the things we can change. Often, especially during times like these, this is basic self-care: sleep, hydration, food, moving our bodies. Yeah, that stuff.

Unfortunately, this becomes a feedback loop — anxiety tends to persist, keeping us focused on the big scary things we have little or no control over and making it even harder to focus on things like drinking water.

This activity can help us refocus and focus on what we can control. Fill out this sheet and email to Onnastacia.Moore@goodwillky.org. Everyone who enters this will be entered into a raffle to win $25 via Awardco. I will draw 10 winners in this activity.

 

National Stress Awareness Month activity – Part 1

Happy Wednesday from your friendly neighborhood wellness specialist. April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is the body’s response to a challenge or demand. Everyone experiences stress, which can be triggered by a range of events, from small daily hassles.

How can we handle stress in healthy ways?

Stress serves an important purpose: it enables us to respond quickly to threats and avoid danger. However, lengthy exposure to stress may lead to mental health difficulties (for example, anxiety and depression) or increased physical health problems.

For this month, we’re going to do multiple activities surrounding stress management. For Week 1, from 4/6/22 until 4/13/22, I want to begin with Stress Exploration and work on how to ease those stresses. Attached is a worksheet that can help you identify your top-five stresses and a rating scale. Fill this out and email it back to me at Onnastacia.Moore@goodwillky.org. The first 10 sign-ups will get $10 added to their Awardco account.

Here are some tips that have been linked to reducing stress:

  1. Eat and drink to optimize your health. Some people try to reduce stress by drinking alcohol or eating too much. These actions may seem to help in the moment but actually may add to stress in the long run. Caffeine also can compound the effects of stress. Consuming a healthy, balanced diet can help to combat stress.
  2. Exercise regularly. In addition to having physical health benefits, exercise has been shown to be a powerful stress reliever.
  3. Stop using tobacco and nicotine products. People who use nicotine often refer to it as a stress reliever. However, nicotine actually places more stress on the body by increasing physical arousal and reducing blood flow and breathing.
  4. Assert yourself. It’s OK to say “no” to demands on your time and energy that will place too much stress on you. You don’t have always have to meet the expectations of others.

 

WW 

How to take advantage of the huge savings with WW

Many employees have taken advantage of the Weight Watchers discount provided to all Goodwillers.

If you would like to join, there is a 50% discount when you use the activation code 15989875. All you need to do is visit WW.com/wellness to get signed up.

If now is not the right time, no worries, the 50% discount will be offered to you all year long, so when you are ready, Weight Watchers will be there waiting for you.

 

Wellness Works

There is no time like the present to invest in yourself. Wellness is a process, and it takes dedication to accomplish your goals. Your Wellness team wants to provide purpose, motivation, direction and resources to help you achieve those goals.

The Wellness team, with help from Communications, has created a wellness video to inspire and motivate. We have only scratched the surface of our potential – are you willing to see how far you can go? Join the wellness revolution. Commit to wellness and a better version of yourself! Wellness works, but only if you do.

Watch this short video – featuring our Chief of External Affairs DeVone Holt, who has lost 30 pounds since starting at Goodwill – to learn how wellness works.