Weekly Wellbeing: Building Remote Teams, Should Kids Go to Summer Camp and More

March 29, 2021

When it comes to wellbeing, employers often find themselves challenged by how to approach a shift from a traditional wellness model to a comprehensive and holistic program that supports the whole person. Below you'll find this week’s curated list of wellbeing resources. Feel free to share these resources, as appropriate, with your team. Have a safe and healthy week!

Career Wellbeing

  • New to the Team? Or Working with a New Team? Here’s How to Build Trust (Remotely) – More and more of us are working on hybrid teams with people located in various areas of the world who we’re not likely to meet face-to-face for a while. We lack the luxury of regularly observing our peers in-person, making it harder to gauge their intentions, values, and characters. So how can we build trust?  This article shares three of the most readable indicators of trust. You can display them whether you are in-person or remote.

Social & Family Wellbeing
  • How to Build a Better Network and Stronger Connections: Well-Timed Advice from a Serial Connector – Studies have shown that feeling connected to others can provide a range of mental and physical health benefits and of course, there are the professional benefits of a strong network, too. Serial connector and communications expert, Susan McPherson, explores how to leverage technology to maintain relationships with friends and colleagues and how to deepen connections by being intentional with our time and efforts as we emerge from the pandemic.

  • AAP Guidelines for 2021 Summer Camps – Should children go to summer camp as the COVID-19 pandemic slogs on? Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say.

Financial Wellbeing
Physical Wellbeing
  • 5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget – Eating well is harder when you are on a tight budget.  Here are some tips from a functional medicine doctor on how to eat nutritious food even when money is tight.

  • 6 Beginner-Friendly Yoga Poses That Melt Away Muscle Tension – Dynamic, or moving, stretches activate your range of motion, circulating blood and oxygen and delivering nutrients to tissues.  This combination is great for melting away muscle tension.  Here are 6 basics poses for you to try.

Emotional Wellbeing
  • 2 Essential Ways to Start Setting Boundaries – Having healthy boundaries helps us to strengthen our relationships because they allow us to meet others’ needs while being able to meet and respect our own.  Here are two key places to start.

  • Free 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene (RENEW)  -  This April calendar includes 30 days of free videos from the ever-popular, Yoga with Adriene.  This month focuses on yoga and meditation practices that encourage both rest and renewal.

Community Wellbeing
  • Move for Hunger – When people move, they throw out food.  This company brings it to food banks.  Move for Hunger’s network of socially-responsible relocation companies provides their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move.   Since 2009, they have delivered more than 22 million pounds of food to food banks across the United States and Canada. That’s the equivalent of 18 million meals.  If you have a move coming up, support this organization!

Employer Focused Wellbeing
  • Addressing Loneliness and Isolation Through Connection - The pandemic is fueling concerns about loneliness and isolation. Loneliness and isolation have serious implications for employee mental health and well-being, along with engagement and productivity.  Join this engaging discussion on strategies employers are using to effectively combat loneliness. A key panelist will be Dr. Jeremy Nobel, creator of the UnLonely Project, an innovative way to harness the power of arts to inspire, employer, and connect and through the connection to reduce risk for depression, addiction, and suicidality. The event will be held on March 30th at 2 PM ET.

  • Mental Health Resources to Help Employees Cope with the Trauma of Mass Shootings and Gun Violence – The constant news reports about the violence of mass shootings can lead to increased stress and anxiety. According to Mental Health America, violence—including gun violence—and fear of violence causes both trauma and 'toxic stress,' which is a contributing factor to the development of some mental health conditions.  Mind Share Partners has compiled the following list of resources to support both professionals and workplaces to cope with the aftermath of mass shootings.

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