By Colin Hearne on December 3, 2013
We hear so much about holiday stress that it can be easy to lose sight of what the holidays really should be: fun, joyful, and a little bit magical. A strong focus should also rest on what Larry Culliford, author and psychologist, defines as ‘your adventure playground’… ‘a place to learn in and have fun’ and ‘a place in which to extend and grow’ – Your Spirituality.
When speaking of spirituality, it is not ideal to consider spirituality as a thing or an object. It is better thought of as a boundary-less dimension of human experience. Spirituality is not tied to any particular religious belief or tradition, although culture and beliefs can play a part in it. Every person has their own unique spiritual experience or beliefs, but regardless of our individuality and unique approach, one factor of spirituality that we can’t ignore is the need for connectivity. Separateness is an illusion. Everything is interrelated. This holiday season, the message is ‘connect’. Connect with others, connect with your environment, and connect with you.
The Importance of Connecting
Lots of research has been done on social connections and the implications of having too little.
- In 2012, researchers from UC Los Angeles looked at what genes were being expressed in lonely and socially-integrated people and found that people who feel socially isolated or detached, or experience a chronic threat of social losses, experience more inflammatory related problems such as arthritis and an overall poorer immune system
- Also, in 1995 researchers found that low social connections are generally associated with declines in physical and psychological health, as well as a higher propensity to the antisocial behavior that leads to further isolation.
- Finally, a 2010 brain imaging study led by researchers at the University of Michigan suggests that social rejection can activate the same parts of the as during physical pain.
Connect To Thrive
This holiday season, make it your priority to become more spiritual and to connect, using the below tips:
- Go outside– Don’t let the beauty of this time of year go unnoticed. Snowy days, crisp air, and outdoor activities like walking, skiing or ice skating are all reminders of the enchantment of the season. Take a few moments to get outside and reconnect with your surroundings.
- Take care of your health: The holiday season can be a real stress on your mind and body. Ensure you get the sleep and exercise you need to make it to the New Year. Don’t skip meals, and try to eat a balanced diet. Remember: it’s easier to get into a festive mood when you’re well-rested and not under the weather.
- Get together: It’s good to socialize at this time of year. The flurry of activity around mixing and mingling can take your mind off the shorter days, colder temperatures and stresses of life. Accept invitations from friends and family members, And why not consider extending a few of your own?
- Appreciate the good things in life: During exhaustingly busy times, you may wonder what the effort is all for. Every now and then, it’s important to sit down, put aside the difficulties and stresses of life, and reflect on the things that you do have. By focusing on the good things, you not only gain an important bit of perspective, but will draw more positive energy towards you.
- Read a book: Reading is a brilliant way to relax, de-stress, and connect with yourself. Psychologists believe this is because the mind has to concentrate on reading, and the distraction of being drawn in to a literary world eases tensions in muscles and the heart.
- Remember to breathe: Some consider breathing to be the most important of all the bodily functions, because everything depends upon it. Life is dependent upon breathing. Breath is life. Yet, most people are unconscious of their breathing and take it for granted. Click here for more information on becoming more breath aware.
“Oh the things you can find If you don’t stay behind.” – Dr Seuss
Make December the month where you make your spirituality and connectedness a priority –take the first step by attending ‘Stress Busters 2’ on Dec. 19, 2013, 12-1pm in Henry Angus Building, Room 254. In this talk, explore your personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a natural part of your everyday life with. To register click here.
By Colin Hearne on December 3, 2013
This holiday season, get holistic with your Benefits
Make December the month where you take care of yourself; allow your extended health plan to give you a helping hand. The UBC Extended Health plan is designed to help promote the continued health and well-being of UBC staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services that are beyond the scope of coverage of BC’s Medical Service Plan.
Did you know…
- There is a combined annual maximum of $600 for the following registered and licensed practitioners: speech therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopath, homeopath, podiatrist, chiropodist, osteopath, dietician, audiologist or occupational therapist.
- $1,200 annual maximum for a psychologist* or social worker*.
- $750 combined annual maximum for massage therapy* and physiotherapy.
All maximums indicated are per person. Practitioners must be licensed and registered with the regulatory body for their profession. For example, massage therapy services must be obtained from a practitioner who is licensed and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.
*A doctor’s referral is required for these practitioners.
If you have questions about your UBC Extended Health benefits or need help filing your claim, contact UBC Benefits here. For information about pre-authorizations, call Sun Life at 1-800-361-6212 or submit a secure message via the Sun Life Members website. Be sure to have your Access ID and password handy.
Note: You must be eligible for and enrolled in a Canadian public health plan (such as MSP) either through UBC or another benefit plan in order to be eligible to enroll in UBC’s Extended Health plan. If you are arriving to British Columbia from out-of-country, you must satisfy the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) waiting period (which consists of balance of the month you arrive in BC plus two full months) before you can enroll in UBC’s Extended Health plan.
By Colin Hearne on December 3, 2013
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions aimed at managing time and promoting stress reduction. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day.
Time is a precious resource. Once it is used up, we can never get it back. We’ve all heard the phrase “time equals money”; in a business setting this can sometimes be the case. We require balance in our lives so that we meet both our job requirements and our personal needs. How can we manage our time at work so that we are satisfied and successful? This session will explore some answers to these questions. Click here to register.
When stressors overwhelm us, we need effective stress management techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, helping us to maximize our energy and performance. Click here to register.
Today’s life is fast-paced, with less time just to de-stress. Greater pressure is being put on all of us to do more. The result is that many of us have lost the ability to sit still and simply be with ourselves. This session will help you explore your personal stress triggers and review some practical and easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a part of your everyday life. Click here to register.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an evidence-based educational program that reduces stress, cultivates physical and mental health and promotes balance and well-being. MBSR@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication. Join Health and Wellness Specialist Geoffrey Soloway and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to register.
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. Monday’s group leaves at 12:30 p.m., while Friday’s leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). All abilities welcome. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, and is calm, serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September through May. Click here for more information.
By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
As the holiday season begins to sneak up upon us, so too does the inevitability of a dizzying array of demands. Parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining arrive on our doorsteps and can trigger stress and depression, derail your holidays and hurt your health. When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to take the time to stop and regroup.
Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. With practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays, and you may even enjoy the holidays more than you thought you could! So let the preparations begin, today.
Preventing holiday stress and depression
Here are 10 tips that the Canadian Mental Health Association recommends to help prevent holiday stress and depression:
1. Acknowledge your feelings: If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realise that it is normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
2. Reach out: If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. These events can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
3. Be realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect, or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
4. Set aside differences: Try to accept family and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. Be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
5. Stick to a budget: Before you begin you gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone’s name, give homemade gifts, or start a family gift exchange.
6. Plan ahead: Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. This will help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
7. Learn to say no: Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
8. Don’t abandon healthy habits: Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
9. Take a breather: Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
10. Seek professional help if you need it: Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into something you’re not” – Paulo Coelho
Make November the month where you make your mental health and happiness a priority –take the first step by attending Achieving Happiness on November 12, 2013, 12-1pm at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.
In this talk, Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at UBC’s Department of Psychology will explore a wide range of factors that contribute to happiness, from the obvious, such as having good relationships and good health, to the less obvious, such as the benefits of pro-social behavior and a focused mind.
By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
At UBC, we recognise that many demands exist outside of the workplace for staff and faculty, particularly when it comes to looking after our elders. Did you know that your Employee and Family Assistance Program has resources to assist you and your family in navigating elder care and caregiver support?
UBC’s Employee and Family Assistant Program (EFAP) is a confidential counseling service that can help you and your family members with personal problems that affects your family life, work life, or general wellbeing. Alongside this counselling service, EFAP can also help you arrange for in-home elder care assessments that are performed on a fee-for-service basis by an independent, outside provider. Homewood Health, UBC’s EFAP provider, has an online database to help you conduct your own customised search for elder care resources – you can search for providers who offer homecare assessments, long-term facilities, assistive care facilities, and facilities geared toward specific health care needs or cultural preferences of your family member. UBC staff and faculty also have access to Homewood Health’s free online Busy Family for Seniors toolkit. The toolkit provides:
- A resource and financial services locator;
- An “ask an expert” function, informative articles and links to research;
- Roadmaps for services based on need (e.g., in home, residential facilities or community based);
- Comprehensive quality of service checklists for hired providers; and
- A family needs inventory to help organize priorities and concerns.
By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
|Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Funding.This fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives. Application deadline is November 22nd at 4:30pm. Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding. Find out more.|
|November 5th 2013: Breast Cancer PreventionJoin Bonnie McCoy from the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in a Breast Cancer Prevention Education Session to learn how to prevent breast cancer. This interactive session will provide evidence-based information to help participants understand how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer through lifestyle changes. For more information on the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic visit www.breastcancerprevention.med.ubc.ca.|
|November 6th 2013: Stress BustersWhen stressors overwhelm us, we need effective techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, helping us to maximize our energy and performance.|
|November 7th 2013: Simple Meditation-Coping with Anxieties and WorriesThis workshop introduces meditation techniques complementary to cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and worries. Participants will be trained to take a step back from their own anxious reactions and will learn techniques to disengage from the sensations, thoughts and feelings associated anxiety, instead of trying to control or stop them. Meditation and creative visualization techniques are introduced to tame and disarm the sensations, thoughts and feelings of anxiety.|
|November 8th 2013: Fresh Air Farm Friday TourSituated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. In the midst of a city, this landscape offers an important bridge between the rural and the urban. Walk the 60-acre site of fields, forests and hedgerows! Visit Beehives, hoop houses, and greenhouses. See where the Farm Markets happen, walk through our educational Children’s Garden, and learn about Aboriginal Hub. Bring your picnic lunch if you’d like to eat after the tour. Remember to dress for the weather, including boots for wet grasses.|
|November 8th, 2013: Zumba-Thrive Wrap-up CelebrationThis year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting a large scale Zumba class with UBC Rec to wrap up the week of activities. Join us to have fun and get a bit of exercise while spending time with friends and colleagues. Participants will have the opportunity to experience elevated mood, clearer thinking and improved self-esteem. Physical activity is one of the largest preventive factors against chronic physical illness and, chronic conditions are a risk factor for poor mental health. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in this fun event. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided.|
|November 12th, 2013: Achieving HappinessHappiness is a topic of interest to many, and everyone has an opinion about what factors can bring them greater happiness. On Tuesday November 12th, join Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at the Department of Psychology, and explore the latest empirical evidence indicating which of our intuitions are right and also examine the factors that are associated with greater psychological wellbeing.|
|November 14 and 15th, 2013: Mental Health First Aid TrainingThe goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy in the community. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, or in a family member, a friend or a colleague. By the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, are able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Note: If you are not able to attend both sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate.|
|November 19th, 2013: Beyond Stigma-Understanding Mental Health in the WorkplaceIn today’s society, there still remains a lack of awareness and even sometimes bias related to mental health problems. This wellness session will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, as well as the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies available. Click here to register.|
|November 28th, 2013: Mindfulness in the WorkplaceResearch shows that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity and decreased in the workplace. Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, a reduction of insomnia and improved memory. Mindfulness Meditation not only reduces the harmful effects of stress but can increase your energy, productivity and enjoyment of everyday life. Join UBCs Health and Wellness Specialist Dr. Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to register.|
|Every Monday and Friday: PowerwalkingJoin your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. All abilities welcome. Mondays at 12:30pm and Fridays at 12:10pm outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). For more information email email@example.com or click here.|
|Every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: Meditation ClassesThe rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September until May. Click here for more information.|
By Colin Hearne on October 1, 2013
In the September edition of The Healthy Path, we discussed the topic of change. We highlighted that incorporating change, when the time is right, can be a positive and life enhancing step. At the same time, recognizing the need for change, or deciding on the necessary changes, can be a major obstacle, particularly when it comes to our workplace.
Over the past few decades, there have been many changes in North American social structures. These changes have impacted both the family and the workplace as increasing numbers of people struggle to balance their work and personal lives. As today’s families blend, separate, and become re-defined, so too does the modern workplace – constantly changing trying to respond to ever-shifting directions. In ‘The Changing Nature of Organizations, Work, and Workplace’ the authors wrote:
“Although many factors ultimately contribute to the changing patterns of work, organizational theorists point to two key drivers: An increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, agile, and customer focused i.e. to be a lean enterprise; and communication and information technology breakthroughs, especially mobile technologies and the Internet that enable work to be separated from time and space”
How can we manage this in an environment where the rules change while we are playing the game? We as individuals and colleagues also have ‘two key drivers’:
Key Drivers in Working through Change
1) Incorporate into our days the recent environmental adaptations that have appeared around us, what are commonly known as ‘workplace solutions’ – some examples are:
- Open spaces at central areas for spontaneous interaction
- More meeting spaces of a greater variety
- Centrally located cafés for meetings and lunch
- Elaborate daylight entry spaces e.g. skylights
- De-stress spaces with pool table, ping pong, exercise room and lounge furnishings
- At UBC, you can check out UBC Attractions to catch up on all the hidden gems the University has to offer
2) Turn these changes into social opportunities.
Start a lunch club – If you want to make friends, you need to be proactive. Ask someone to join you for a lunch out, or take advantage of a nice day and invite your coworkers to bring their snack outside and join you for the hour. Check out Beautiful UBC: My Top Four Spots on Campus for inspiration.
Stop and Chat – Take the opportunity to stop and chat with a co-worker for a few minutes. A survey by the Gallup Business Journal said that employees who reported having friends at work were 27% more likely to think that the mission of their company made them feel their job is important, 27% more likely to think that their opinions counted in the workplace, and 21% more likely to believe that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.
Venture to the Kitchen – Do you find yourself eating lunch at your desk far too often?. The office kitchen is a great place to socialize, even if it’s just enough time to ask about a co-worker’s weekend. Take a mini break to the kitchen for a dose of small talk.
HWIP Together –What can you do to contribute to a healthy workplace? The UBC Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) provides funding to support departments/units to create healthier workplaces at UBC. In 2013, $100,000 will be available to help units create a healthier, more dynamic place to work. Past successful initiatives include yoga, fitness assessments, nutritional workshops, walking, running and biking programs, and so much more. The Fall, 2013, application deadline is Nov. 22, 2013. Get applying!
Make it Happen
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them” – George Bernard Shaw
Change is seldom easy, and can often be nerve wracking. Trust your gut instinct and make October the month where social connections become a priority – particularly with your colleagues and coworkers. The above are just a few suggestions– think outside the box and remember that here at UBC, resources are always available to provide support and direction.
For inspiration, ideas or advice, visit www.hr.ubc.ca/health and check out how UBC Health Wellbeing and Benefits (HWB) can help.
HWB serves to develop and deliver health and wellbeing initiatives, and provide relevant tools, resources and information to support a productive and progressive work culture that cultivates wellbeing, resilience and commitment while being responsive to the personal and family needs of faculty and staff.
By Colin Hearne on October 1, 2013
Sometimes, we are lucky enough to work alongside colleagues who become true friends. However, given the mobility and diversity of today’s workforce, we may find ourselves working alongside colleagues with whom the working relationship can be challenging. These challenges can occur because of different values, different working styles, as well as differences in personality traits and habits. Through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider Homewood Health, there is help at hand to help you through any challenges you may experience at work. One such option is the availability of Workplace Issue Counselling.
Workplace Issue Counselling
If you are struggling with a difficult situation at work, you may benefit from speaking to a counsellor at Homewood Health. Through discussions of the issues, you can explore how to manage conflicting views and styles constructively, as well as understand your own style.
Want to know more?
For more information on Workplace Issue Counselling, visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call toll-free 1800-663-1142.
If you want to book a presentation for your unit that highlights all the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) services available to UBC employees, contact Colin Hearne, EFAP Assistant, at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information you share with UBC’s EFAP provider is confidential between you and Homewood Health, and will not be shared with UBC. The University is not told the identity of those using EFAP services, including online services.
By Colin Hearne on September 3, 2013
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, not exactly. It can help, as what we eat greatly impacts our moods and emotional health, as well as our overall well-being, but the apple in this saying is not what we should concentrate on – it’s the ‘a day’ part, the habit-forming inference.
According to Healthlink B.C.:
‘Building and maintaining healthy habits is a key part of a creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are many changes you can make depending on what your body needs to get healthy. If you have problems with your lungs or heart, you may wish to find help to quit smoking. If you are overweight you might want to find tips on eating healthy and adding physical activity to your day’.
With September having crept up sneakily, and as we wave goodbye to the beautiful July and August sun, one promise to make yourself this September is to become more habitual in a way that replaces the unhealthy habits with healthy new ones.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Healthy New Habits for September
- Face Fears
An important step in managing anxiety involves facing feared situations, places or objects. It is normal to want to avoid the things you fear. However, according to the online self-help resource, Anxiety BC (2013), ‘avoidance prevents you from learning that the things you fear are not as dangerous as you think’. Similarly researchers at Northwestern University have found that just one positive exposure to a fear had lasting effects in people six months later. Write down the fears that hold you back, whether it is fear of heights, fear of joining a new gym or exercise class or even the fear of public speaking; and identify resources where you can gain the tools to make the first step.
We all know it’s the best medicine, but laughter is also an effective preventative, which, according to an article in Psychology Today titled The Benefits of Laughter (Marano, 2003) “establishes-or restores-a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people’.” This article also highlights that “laughter in relationships can decline dramatically as people get older”. Change this. Start watching funny movies, read humorous novels, or spend time with people who make you laugh – it’s contagious!
- Become a Pet Person
Scores of studies have shown that people who own pets tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-Being: Physiological Effects (Friedman), a study looking at the relationship between pet ownership and cardiovascular health highlighted the positive effect of having a pet. In particular, it found that pet owners were more likely to be alive one year after spending time in a coronary care unit than non-pet owners. While scooping poop may be an annoying task, the unconditional love and often silly behaviours intrinsic to our animal friends’ makes happiness come all too easily. Caring for another is one of the best things for our health.
- Be Adventurous
“Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age,” says C. Robert Cloninger, author of the study Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change . The study also highlights how being curious about life and the world has helped throughout human history, citing examples of explorers discovering new places and our ancestors learning valuable survival skills. Be adventurous and try something new!
Healthy Habits at UBC
Making changes and adopting new habits is fantastic, but it can also be daunting. Support is available through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Our EFAP provider, Homewood Health, has a comprehensive and confidential counseling as well as Plansmart and Health Management services as well as a range of e-courses and an extensive online Health Library available to everyone enrolled in the UBC EFAP – so for any changes you feel you’d like to make you can receive up to date advice and trusted, professional information
If you do one thing for your health this month
Finally, keep yourself current on the health and well-being resources and tools available to you by continuing to read our monthly Healthy UBC Newsletter. New behaviours do not have to be radical, so let us help you through our latest health articles, lists of free workshops, EFAP information, health events on- and off-campus, the latest corporate discounts, and much, much more….make it your first step to good health this month!
By Colin Hearne on September 3, 2013
September can be a time for change and transition in every aspect of our lives. The University returns to its usual hustle and bustle, at home children trundle back to school, and we notice the leaves disappear and the days become shorter. For most of us, this is a time that passes by hypnotically and it is embraced or accepted. But sometimes, this time of year can be a little overwhelming. At UBC, employees have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) – a fantastic benefit with a wide range of services, from counselling to health and wellness support. Our EFAP provider, Homewood Health, has comprehensive Counselling, Plansmart, Health Management and Career Smart Counselling services. Alongside these services are also a wide range of e-courses and an extensive online Health Library for UBC staff and faculty and their dependents to access.
Some examples of these are:
- Taking Control of Stress
- Taking Control of Your Mood
- Embracing Workplace Change
- Taking Control of Job Loss and Transition
- Taking Control of Anger
- Taking Control of Your Career
- Respect in the Workplace
- Trauma, Crisis, and Distressing Events
- Workplace Issues
- Relationships and Social Connections
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Healthy Living and Self-Improvement
Accessing the EFAP Health Library and E-Courses
Accessing the online services is easy. All you need to do is visit the Homewood Health website here, enter ‘University of British Columbia’ as your employer, register some basic details to automatically gain access to the in-depth members’ only range of e-services
Want to know more?
For more information on your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) click here – additionally if you would like to book a presentation for your unit that highlights all the EFAP services available, contact Colin Hearne, EFAP Assistant at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
Remember, the information you share with UBC’s EFAP provider is confidential between you and Homewood Health, and will not be shared with UBC. The University is not told the identity of those using EFAP services, including online services.