Well-Being Solutions

How to Address Your Compassion Fatigue

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Angela D. Diver, LISW, LICDC, Executive Director of Reach EAP shares her expertise on how to address compassion fatigue.

Compassion Fatigue is a term that many of us have heard and usually associate with helping professions.  This can include healthcare workers, those in social services, behavioral health specialists and educators who often choose their profession because they want to help people. But exposure to the trauma and suffering of others on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue” is a response to the stress of caring for people at times of crisis and is often referred to as the cost of caring.

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Spotlight on Five Reasons for an EAP

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It’s inevitable that your employees will encounter a serious personal problem over the course of their time with your organization. It could be issues like financial strain, divorce or care giving for an elderly parent. Sometimes it is easy for a manager to get pulled into the personal problem, but there are professionals who are trained to talk about these issues and ultimately, give employees a way to cope with the challenges that can have a negative impact on their job performance. Continue reading

How to Ease the Transition to College

As I prepare to send my last high school graduate to college, I have been considering the issues related to the move up from high school to college and its unique stressors.

The transition from high school to college entails many changes and is often stressful for both students and parents. Students are facing significant changes in their lives, with a new sense of autonomy and freedom to make their own choices. Parents may feel their guidance and ability to help their child develop into better decision makers are diminished. They may have concerns about the student’s living situation, activities away from home, safety and personal well-being.

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How to Cope with a Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters are an unfortunate reminder of Mother Nature’s power. From hurricanes, blizzards, thunderstorms, forest fires and tornadoes, these disasters leave a physical and mental impact on all individuals involved.  Most disasters leave a clear path of physical destruction, which can take years to repair. Sadly, some disasters can lead to loss of life or physical injury, which certainly take an emotional toll on the community and family involved.

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Top Fourth of July Safety Tips

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This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Linda Carbone, Chief Executive Officer of Florida’s West Coast Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter. Continue reading

Workplace Mental Health: It’s Not Just Benefits Coverage

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Workplace well-being is a popular topic as companies focus on talent attraction, development and retention.  In order to be the employer of choice in their field, many companies have implemented wellness programs and innovative benefits. We spend one quarter to one third of our lives at work and often more time with coworkers than family members.  The workplace environment and interactions have a significant impact on our psychological well-being. This focus on well-being has yielded positive results yet there remains a global epidemic in mental health. Continue reading

Is It Possible to Have a Carefree Summer?

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Probably not.  Realistically, what is carefree?  How long can that feeling last? As adults the reality of a carefree summer is very doubtful. But often summers remind us of that “carefree” feeling we had as kids.  Maybe it was sleeping in, or playing with the neighborhood kids in the nearby backyards, walking to the local pool for free swimming lessons, staying up late, getting ice cream treats, chasing lightning bugs (or fireflies!) or going to baseball games, the beach, camping, hiking. Ahhhh! The memories are sweet even if in real time, it wasn’t truly “carefree” it is nostalgic to look back on it that way. Continue reading