Wellness and Total Rewards
Wellness is vital to the heart of any organization and it is important to LSHRM that we support you in your journey! Please check back here periodically for Wellness updates and events coming up throughout the year. If you have a fun event coming up or an idea for Wellness and Total Rewards in the Workplace that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email the LSHRM Wellness Team - Annetta Hunter, Director of Wellness; Leslie Scott, Leah Jaynes, Chad Barnes, Keith Bailey or Bonnie Bowles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November Wellness Update
Health & Wellness Article
Three ways to defeat bad habits
Roughly 70% of smokers say they would like to quit.1 Drug and alcohol abusers struggle to say goodbye to addictions that hurt their bodies and ruin relationships. And many of us have excess weight we could lose if only we would improve our diets and step up our activity levels. If we know something is bad for us, why can’t we stop?
“Habits play an important role in our health,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Understanding the biology of how we develop routines that may be harmful to us, and how to break those routines and embrace new ones, could help us change our lifestyles and adopt healthier behaviors.”
Habits can develop when enjoyable events trigger the brain’s “reward” centers. This can potentially lead to harmful routines, such as overeating, smoking, drug or alcohol abuse, and gambling. In a sense, parts of our brains are working against us when we try to overcome bad habits. The good news is, humans have many more brain regions to help us do what’s best for our health. Through regular practice of different types of self-control—such as sitting up straight or keeping a food diary— individuals can strengthen their resolve.
While there is no one-size-fits-all to break bad habits, you can try these on for starters.
Focus on awareness
Work to become more aware of unhealthy habits and develop strategies to counteract them. Since habits can be linked in our minds to certain places and activities, develop a plan before putting yourself in certain situations. Reroute your walk if you know there’s a candy machine on your regular path. Or avoid going places where you would normally smoke.
Visualize yourself in a tempting situation
Practice the good behavior over the bad before putting yourself into a situation. Worried about eating unhealthy foods at a party? Visualize yourself munching on fruits and veggies and limiting the amount of unhealthy food you put on your plate. It’s not guaranteed to work, but it can help.
Replace unhealthy routines with new ones
Some people find they can swap a bad habit for a healthier habit. “Certain groups of patients who have a history of serious addictions can engage in certain behaviors that are ritualistic and in a way compulsive—such as marathon running,” Volkow says. “It helps them stay away from drugs.”
Bad habits may be hard to change, but it can be done. Ask for help from friends, co-workers, and family; it never hurts to have that extra support! Just don’t give up on yourself if you slip up. Nobody’s perfect.
Sources1 “Breaking Bad Habits: Why It’s So Hard to Change,” National Institutes of Health, accessed September 2021, http://ucsfphl.blogspot.com/2012/02/breaking-bad-habits.html.
LSHRM Total Rewards
Event is Rescheduled for January! Watch for Updates!
Speakers will be as follows:
1. Patrick Baker: Benefits
2. Cara Silletto and Jess Kayrouz Ray: Retention
3. Tiffany Cardwell: The Total Rewards Package
Wellness Committee 2021 Meeting:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7pm
Email update to Committee
LSHRM WELLNESS COMMITTEE:
Annetta L. Hunter, Committee Chair
Tiffany Cardwell, Co-Chair
Leslie Scott, Co-Chair
Chad W. Barnes, Co-Chair
Bonnie Bowles, Co-Chair
Leah Jaynes, Co-Chair
Deniece Krebs, Co-Chair
Jon'a Joiner, Co-Chair
The LSHRM Wellness Committee would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who participates in our current events and we look forward to you joining us at all of our Wellness events in 2021