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Personal Development Series

Holistic Financial Wellness

Holistic Financial Wellness

As a new year approaches, so does an opportunity for us to manage our financial life in a more holistic manner.  From developing goals, to protecting our loved ones, to protecting ourselves and our financial information, the attached article provides practical tips to support your overall financial wellness.     

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Finding Success through Emotional Intelligence

Success at work takes intelligence, skill and ability.  Intelligence helps us make decisions, perform daily tasks, and navigate the culture of our work environment. While most people understand the importance of cognitive intelligence and its relationship to success, many may not know the importance of emotional intelligence.

The attached article explores the concept of emotional intelligence and how we can apply it in support of professional and personal success.

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Right, Wrong or Different

It can be hard to evaluate our personal beliefs or behaviors in the context of a new reality and recognize the nuances of a situation.  It's often easier to defend our ideas rather than to question them and, possibly, be forced to change ourselves as a result.

The attached article shows how moving beyond judgments can help us find more in common with those who we may consider to be different.

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 Owning Your Growth

Embarassed to Empowered:  Owning Your Growth

How often do you pay attention to your inner voice?  Hopefully you listen when your inner voice is an affiming and encouraging one.  However, it's also important to listen to your inner voice when it's a cautionary or teaching one.

The attached article addresses the transition from feeling embarassed to empowered about a personal growth opportunity.

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Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...
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Grief During the Holidays
The holiday season can bring joyful celebrations. However, for those who recently lost a loved one or suffered a loss, the season may bring celebrations that seem like obligations, family gatherings that seem incomplete, traditions that seem empty, and memories that although happy, may also be too painful to recall. This article has tips for “Handling Grief During the Holidays”. More...

Aftermath of a Disaster – How Can I Help
Disasters take many forms and can occur anywhere. The size and scope of disasters vary greatly, but most occur with limited or no warning. Even when a disaster does not occur in our immediate area, it can hit us in an emotional way and trigger our sense of compassion. It is instinct to want to help. Yet it is critical to respond in a way that will most effectively support the community in need. More...

Monitoring Children's News Exposure During and After a Disturbing, High-Profile Event
When a disturbing event erupts in the community, as one did this past weekend in the Charlottesville area, many of us find ourselves glued to broadcast and Internet news. More...

Taking Time Off Without Anxiety
Whether traveling or just taking a long weekend, occasional detachment from work is healthy and will make us more productive when we return. Read these tips to help you take vacation and detach from the workplace without anxiety about your job. More...

Optima EAP Employee Orientation
An overview of how Optima EAP works, and how you and your family can use it to remain happy, healthy and productive. Enjoy the information and reap the benefits of Optima EAP. More...