Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

May 18, 2020

We are nine weeks into this new mode of work and the pace doesn’t really seem to be slowing at all for most of you.  Each week, the landscape we are living and working in seems to change dramatically, and with that comes new challenges and projects. We seem to be in a constant state of reinvention.  With that said, I thought this quote I saw today from New York Times best-selling author Gabby Bernstein, aka the “Spirit Junkie”, might be useful for all of us. 

‘"Solutions don’t come from pushing, they come from pausing."  

Hopefully you can all find a moment to ‘pause’ this week.  Have a safe and healthy week.

Career Wellbeing

  • How to Upgrade Your Brain and Learn Faster – Now, with the ability to depend on our digital devices to tell us everything from phone numbers to directions, our brains do less work.  It could be said we are living in an age of digital dementia. Jim Kwik, the author of the bestselling book Limitless, shares his thoughts on how to retrain ourselves to learn faster, retain information better and maximize our time spent learning.  Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Social & Family Wellbeing



  • Hacks to Help Children Get Some Exercise – Gretchen Rubin, who is a New York Times Bestselling Author and creator of the podcast Happier (95 million downloads) asked her followers to share their best suggestions for keeping kids moving during lockdown.  Here they are!

  • See Emotional Wellbeing for a parenting focused webinar.

Financial Wellbeing

  • Learn How to Make a 50-30-20 Budget (includes template) - Many people struggle to follow a budget by tracking every dollar that comes in and goes out. The 50-30-20 rule gives a good ballpark of where your finances should be to stay on track financially.  In this blog post and video, learn the basics of this budget along with specific steps to take today.

Physical Wellbeing

  • Sleep and the Coronavirus – A Harvard researcher provides some insight into why so many of us are having such vivid and bizarre dreams during the pandemic.  And this article gives you some insight as to how your sleep might be impacted by being indoors during this isolation period and some tips for managing that. 

  • 3 Simple & Healthy Dinner Recipes – Peloton Instructor, Jess Sims, shares three of her favorite simple and healthy dinner recipes. 

Emotional Wellbeing

  • How to Support our Children and Teens During this Challenging Time – Join Julie Wald, CEO of Namaste NY, and psychotherapist Susan Krauss, founder and clinical director at Boost! Child and Family Services, for a supportive and insightful talk.  WEBINAR to be held Wednesday, May 20th at 5 PM ET. RSVP HERE*’Pay What You Want Wellness’, donation optional

  • Meditation for Anxiety - This meditation is hosted by Yoga by Adrienne, which is an exceptional YouTube Channel dedicated to yoga and meditation as a means to help people feel calm, empowered & in control.

  • If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.  You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

Community Wellbeing

  • Help Alera Group Support our Communities – Donate now and Alera Group will match your donation, dollar for dollar.  We are providing donations to three charities across the U.S. that are providing much-needed resources in the communities where we live and work; Donors Choose, Feeding America, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. 


  • Supporting the Mental Health of Parents as They Return to Work – Featuring clinical leaders at Cleo & Lyra Health.  As working parents prepare for their return to work, mounting concerns associated with childcare, kids' school transitions, financial stability, changing birth and postpartum plans, and more, are creating short- and long-term mental health consequences. Join this webinar to learn ways to help working parents and their families cope with stress and anxiety as they prepare for the uncertain weeks and months ahead.  Thursday, May 21 at 2 PM ET.  RSVP HERE.

  • Building a Mindful Workplace with Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn - Join Wisdom Labs CEO Cory Smith for an in-depth conversation with special guest Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn for a webinar on the future of mental health in the workplace and practical strategies to create cultures of belonging that enhance wellbeing and engagement.  Thursday, May 21st at 12:30PM ET. RSVP HERE.

  • Fireside Chat with Twitter: Hear how Twitter has been supporting its global employees and prioritizing their mental wellbeing while they keep the rest of us connected around the world.  On-Demand Webinar.

For more resources and updates, check out our Coronavirus Resource Center at aleragroup.com/coronavirus/


About the Author

Andrea Davis, Director of Wellbeing

Andrea joined Alera Group Northeast (formerly CBP) in July 2013, bringing over 15 years of experience in management consulting and strategic solutions. As the Director of Wellbeing, she is responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive wellness strategies for existing and prospective Alera Group clients. She provides assistance and support to Alera Group clients by developing personalized programs that fit clients’ unique health management needs, wellness program implementation, committee development, promotion and marketing of their programs to encourage participation. In addition, Andrea conducts program analysis and generates reports related to program participation, health assessment and client utilization.