Weekly Wellbeing Resources: Fighting the Winter Blues, Kids & Politics and Free Kindness

January 18, 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

  • Feeling Trapped?  How to Find New Energy at Work – Even if we love what we do, it’s easy to fall victim to the mundanity and routine of our work.  We feel stuck. This article discusses how we can disrupt our patterns in order to break out of the rut.

Social & Family Wellbeing
  • The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry – While many siblings have grown closer during the pandemic, the amount of sibling fighting has also grown.  What is the developmental purpose of sibling rivalry and how can parents mitigate it?  This article provides practical tips and the peace of mind that the fighting will end…someday.

  • Inauguration 2021: How to Talk to Your Kids About Politics – If you’ve been on an emotional, politics-fueled rollercoaster in 2020/21, your kids have probably noticed. Life Kit shares a quick primer on how to talk with your kids about politics and civics during this important week.

Financial Wellbeing
  • Expanding and Protecting Your Savings (webinar) – For some, saving is an important routine built into their everyday lives—and they may be looking for ways to save even more on their path toward financial independence.  In this webinar, Principal Financial will talk about additional ways to save if you’ve already maxed out your retirement savings accounts and you’ll learn about the different strategies you may want to consider to help protect your hard-earned income and assets. Wednesday, January 20th at 12 PM ET.

Physical Wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing
  • 13 Ways to Help Banish the Winter Blues Right Now – With shorter days, colder weather and a global pandemic, it’s easy for the winter blues to set in with symptoms such as moodiness, lethargy or outright depression.  Dr. Frank Lipman shares some tips to point you in a positive direction over the coming months.

  • How to Handle Uncertainty and Feelings of Helplessness – Gabby Bernstein (#1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach) discusses the methods she uses to reclaim her inner power when the outer world is unsteady.

Community Wellbeing
  • 70 Acts of Kindness That Won’t Cost a Thing – Sometimes life can get ahead of you and you can forget about the smallest things that make you or someone else smile. Showing support for your community, coworkers, family, and yourself can be easy — and cost-effective. Little things like giving a positive review on your coworker’s LinkedIn profile, or donating your unused materials to a shelter can show kindness without you having to spend a dime.

Employer Focused Wellbeing
  • 2021 Key Trends in Supporting Employee Mental Health (webinar) – In 2020, employers worldwide shifted policies and company cultures to respond to urgent workforce mental health needs amid the global pandemic. With more than 80% of U.S. workers reporting mental health challenges, employee mental health will continue to play a crucial part in HR and Benefits strategy in the year ahead.  Join this panel discussion hosted by Lyra to hear expert insight into trends shaping mental health at work in 2021 and actionable tips to implement them in your organization.  Tuesday, January 19th at 1 PM ET.

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