Wellness & Mindfulness 

Whether you are self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, we all are adjusting to a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. While this is a stressful time, there are a few things we can do to tend to our physical and emotional needs.   Not only can these self-care practices help us cope with isolation and stress, but also keep us feeling our best all year long. 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness — paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental way — is a simple practice available to all. Research has shown it is also a reliable method for reducing stress, including at work.  When mindfulness in the workplace helps teams achieve more emotional clarity, it can have numerous benefits to learn more click on Learn More.


 

 

 

 

 

Why is Mindfulness Important?

Mindfulness is known to help people become more active, clear, imaginative and less resistant to change. It gives them the time to pause and reflect on decisions. At all times, mindfulness helps people choose to adjust and calm down so that the right action can be taken.

On-Demand Classes

Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity

Live a life filled with less stress, greater well-being, and enhanced productivity by learning how to make transformational changes. Start your Thrive journey and discover how to go from coping and surviving to actually thriving. In this first course of a six-course series, Arianna Huffington discusses the benefits of meditation and sleep in this first course of six.

Topics include:

  • Starting your Thrive journey for transformational change

  • Auditing your life and making goals

  • Creating a life tracker

  • Understanding the role of sleep

  • Meditating

  • Rethinking how to live life

 

Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

We all get anxious at times. But what do you do when anxiety is disrupting your job? This course provides resources to help you manage your anxiety and be more effective and successful at work. Dr. Srini Pillay, a Harvard-trained psychologist, explains how to recognize anxiety and understand when you need clinical help. For those who can manage day to day, he provides guidance to navigate the ins and outs of the workplace: from finding a job to having more successful interactions with coworkers. He also provides productivity strategies designed to help you manage conflict, technology hiccups, and work-related stress. Plus, learn how to manage and lead with anxiety in mind—so you can guide your reports through challenging times and overcome imposter syndrome and other anxiety-related traps.

Topics include:

  • Getting help for anxiety

  • Interacting with colleagues

  • Interviewing with anxiety

  • Recognizing anxiety

  • Managing conflicts

  • Managing stress

  • Staying confident in the face of anxiety

The Science of Happiness

This free course from Yale University through Coursera will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks,

 

Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

Practicing Mindfulness in Today's Busy World

Mindfulness reduces stress, increases focus, and improves your ability to deal with challenges, both at work and at home. With regular practice, mindfulness can change the course of your life. Practice with executive coach Henna Inam as she leads you in guided exercises that expand emotional intelligence, grow self-confidence, and build stronger relationships. With these practices, you can actually experience in-the-moment inspiration, learn how to deal with difficult people, manage change, and confront fears. Each lesson is tied to an accompanying practice, which will help you change the structure of your brain to respond better to stressors. Our world is changing rapidly. Evolve your mind to handle challenges with confidence.

Topics include:

  • Releasing stress

  • Improving focus and creativity

  • Finding meaning

  • Cultivating joy

  • Collaborating with difficult people

  • Preparing for challenging conversations

  • Being resilient after failure

  • Facing fear

  • Successfully handling change and crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening Mindfully

Leadership isn't just a skill for managers. Demonstrating leadership is important for employees at every level of an organization. There are opportunities to lead every day, whether you hold a formal leadership position or not. In this course, leadership and personal development experts Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod outline how individual contributors or SMEs can exhibit leadership by influencing, inspiring, mentoring, and motivating others. They also help you overcome unique challenges such as how to communicate when you think your boss or team is headed in the wrong direction.

Topics include:

  • Name three ways that you can add value to a meeting.

  • Recognize the benefits of including emotional impact in your stories.

  • Explain how developing a team mindset can increase efficiency and productivity.

  • Identify an easy way to reinforce expectations.

  • Determine when it is necessary to tell your boss about a mistake made by a peer.

  • Recall the most important benefit of punctuality.