Lifewise EAP Webinar: Maximizing Your Summer Break

As an employee, you are our most important resource, and the University of Missouri System cares about your personal and professional well-being.

The UM System’s Total Rewards, UMKC Human Resources, and Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City have come together to provide monthly online Employee Assistance Program seminars to equip you with skills to help you excel and grow in your professional or personal life. On July 20th, 2021, the topic for the EAP Online Seminar Series is Maximizing Your Summer Break

Description: Learn some straightforward and effective ways to make the most of your summer holiday and maximize the moments and memories for you and your family.

Six Ways to Extend That Summer Holiday Feeling

You do not need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the date above. At any time while viewing the Online Seminar, if you have questions about the seminar, please type them into the “Ask a question” box located to the left of the video window. You will receive an emailed answer within five business days.  

Click Here to access the webinar

PASSCODE: UMKC

To access other recorded seminars, visit the EAP website at: http://lifewiseeap.advantageengagement.com/ Passcode: UMKC.  Open the link and enter the password. This will bring you to the homepage. Scroll down until you see the ‘ONLINE SEMINARS’ and then follow the hyperlink provided. This will take you to a page with all uploaded seminars, select the seminar you would like to review.

June EAP Update and Lifewise EAP Webinar: Building Healthy and Happy Relationships

June is a time when many begin to kick into summer mode with vacations, large outdoor events, long summer nights, etc.  While many welcome these traditions, for others the habit of social isolation and disconnect may be hard to change.  Here is an article taken from the EAP website titled “Rebuilding Social Connections (after the Pandemic Ends)”.  This is a great reminder of the importance of having healthy relationships and reconnecting with others.

The month of June highlights the connecting theme and provides a variety of helpful articles. Log on to the EAP website – http://lifewiseeap.advantageengagement.com  and enter company code: UMKC to find the following additional articles:

  1. Building Social Bonds
  2. Friendships & Social Connections Part 1: Benefits
  3. Friendships & Social Connections Part 2: Making and Maintaining

Check out the News For You (bottom section of the homepage). The June tab provides information on National Safety Month to promote topics of workplace, road and child safety.

The June topic for the online seminar is – Building Healthy and Happy Relationships – identify ways to build and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, with a focus on the importance of boundary setting. This online seminar will be available starting June 15th, 2021.

You do not need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the date above.

Click Here to access the webinar. Open the link and enter the password. This will bring you to the homepage. Scroll down until you see the ‘ONLINE SEMINARS’ and then follow the hyperlink provided. This will take you to a page with all uploaded seminars, select the seminar you would like to review.

Take Charge of Your Career: Progression Tools & Tips

A new training on tips to pursue your career progression goals is being offered by the Office of Human Resources. The training will be led by Emma Satterfield, the Sr Human Resources Specialist in Compensation & Classification. Attending the training session will provide you with a framework for creating, refining, and achieving your career progression goals using several strategies and resources. If you are new to the University or interested in continued growth, this training is a great opportunity to learn about tools available to kick start your progression goals.

Steps to attend:

1.       Select one of the following training sessions.

2.       Save the corresponding zoom link to your calendar at the designated time.

3.       Follow the zoom link to attend the training on the designated date.

Training Dates:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 PM
https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/92593961461

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/98585422584

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM
https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/96249650556

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Sign-up information to follow

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM

Sign-up information to follow

Thursday, July 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Sign-up information to follow

Lifewise EAP Webinar: Building Healthy and Happy Relationships

As an employee, you are our most important resource, and the University of Missouri System cares about your personal and professional well-being.

The UM System’s Total Rewards, UMKC Human Resources, and Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City have come together to provide monthly online Employee Assistance Program seminars to equip you with skills to help you excel and grow in your professional or personal life. On June 15th, 2021, the topic for the EAP Online Seminar Series is Building Happy and Healthy Relationships

Description: Identify the ways to build and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, with a focus on the importance of boundary setting.

You do not need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the date above. At any time while viewing the Online Seminar, if you have questions about the seminar, please type them into the “Ask a question” box located to the left of the video window. You will receive an emailed answer within five business days.  

Click Here to access the webinar

PASSCODE: UMKC

To access other recorded seminars, visit the EAP website at: http://lifewiseeap.advantageengagement.com/ Passcode: UMKC.  Open the link and enter the password. This will bring you to the homepage. Scroll down until you see the ‘ONLINE SEMINARS’ and then follow the hyperlink provided. This will take you to a page with all uploaded seminars, select the seminar you would like to review.

May is Mental Health Month!

This past year presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this during Mental Health Month Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE EAP is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope and be successful.  They are providing Fast Facts and resources throughout May that we would like to share with you.

Fast Facts about Mental Health

  • One study found that 85% of what we worry about never happens at all, and in the 15% of times where worries came true, 79% of people handled the difficulty better than expected, or learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

Sometimes in life we end up in situations that we just can’t change. Radical acceptance is all about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. This doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, are giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You are still allowed to (and should!) feel however you feel, but by accepting that it is what it is, you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward.

Check out the Tips for Accepting Reality fact sheet and Dealing with Worst-Case Scenario worksheet to learn more and begin to develop tools for success.

It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It’s part of how we’re wired – the human brain reacts more intensely to negative events than to positive ones and is more likely to remember insults than praise.

Check out  Getting Out of Thinking Traps tips sheet and Practicing Radical Acceptance worksheet to learn more.

Additional resource:

  • Self care is proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels while increasing self-compassion.

There are always a handful of roles that each of us are juggling. If you are a parent, a student, an employee, a caretaker, someone struggling with a mental health concern, or are just feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the idea of taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable. Sometimes it can be di­fficult to even take basic care of ourselves – but there are small things that can be done to make self-care and taking time for ourselves a little bit easier.

Knowing when to turn to friends, family, and co-workers when you are struggling with life’s challenges can help improve your mental health.

Check out the Taking Time for Yourself fact sheet and Prioritizing Self-Care worksheet to learn more and begin to develop tools for success.

Below are a few additional tools/resources to support Self-Care:

Daily Wellness Chart

Guided Journal

Additional Articles:

Podcast:

One way to check in with yourself is to take a mental health screen at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. Living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating mental health tools to thrive may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

Seeking professional help when self-help efforts to improve your mental health aren’t working is a sign of strength, not weakness

Remember, You are not alone. Contact the EAP. If you feel yourself experiencing sadness or anxiety for an extended period, ask for professional help. Reach out to Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We are here for you.

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