Weekly Wellbeing Resources: Conversation Starters, Book Recommendations and More!

February 1, 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

  • The Art of Impossible – We have plans, dreams, ambitions for the coming year, but the reality is that if we don’t develop new habits, we won’t get new results.  Human Performance expert, Steven Kotler, has spent his career studying peak performers and analyzing how they are able to achieve such seemingly impossible things. In this podcast, he discusses the fundamental elements of peak performance, how to develop a mindset that allows for new possibilities, and how to point your focus, action, and habit in the same direction.

Social & Family Wellbeing
  • Heart-to-Heart Talks: 68 Conversation Starters for Kids – Ensuring that your relationship with your child is one of open communication takes conscious effort, especially as your kids get older and only grudgingly answer questions about their day with monosyllables.  While conversation starters aren’t THE answer to open communication, they can be an important piece of the puzzle. These questions are designed to get to know your child on an even deeper level and to discuss things you might not think about otherwise — things about resiliency, critical thinking, and emotions.

Financial Wellbeing
Physical Wellbeing
  • The Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services – With more ready-to-eat healthy meal delivery services than ever, eating healthy doesn’t have to involve hours of meal prep.  With these delivery services, you can order from your phone or computer and get your diet in check easier than choosing what to stream on tv.

  • 20 Realistic Micro-Habits to Live Better Every Day – These micro-habits are based on the idea that when each task is so small it’s hard to skip, there’s no need for willpower.  While these small habits may not revolutionize your health, they will help you live a little better every day.

Emotional Wellbeing
  • Lost Touch: How a Year Without Hugs Affects Our Mental Health – Humans are designed to touch and be touched – which is why so many who live on their own have suffered during the pandemic. Will we ever fully recover?

  • In 2021, Just Stop and Meet Yourself – We are so caught up in our lives that rarely do we pause to think about what we’re doing and why.  In 2021, don't run, don't hide, don't resolve, don't decide. Just cease doing whatever it is you do and meet yourself.  In this simple piece, Manoh Khatri shares how to build awareness and remain alert to your thoughts.

Community Wellbeing
  • Fulfill a Wishlist (Ronald McDonald House) – Ronald McDonald House programs, located near children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.  RMHC strives to ensure each family has access to toys, books and games for relaxing time and adequate nourishment.  Find out how you can help fulfill a list of needed items.

Employer Focused Wellbeing
  • 2020 HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© – The HERO Scorecard is designed to help organizations learn about best practices for promoting workplace health and well-being, and to discover opportunities to improve and measure progress over time.  Learn about the ten specific strategies employers can focus on to ensure they are getting the most value from their investment in employee health and well-being.

  • (Re)Create a Winning Employee Experience in 2021 – This piece by Gallup discusses how the employee experience ties directly to business performance.  Employee wellbeing is now an imperative focus.  Learn the five crucial areas to focus on during 2021 to keep your employee experience at the top of its game.

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