Quote of the Day: Choices

“Don’t underestimate the odds of your future pains by overestimating the value of your present pleasures.”

Dan Gilbert

During a TED Talks titled “Why We Make Bad Decisions”, I couldn’t help but feel ashamed at how careless we can be when making decisions for ourselves. In a world that is ever-changing and options are endless, we certainly have difficulty putting priorities in order.

Whether it’s choosing quantity over quality or instant over delayed gratification, our need for immediate abundance can ultimately be our downfall. Therefore, ask yourself in every decision, what do I really view as valuable? Time, happiness, freedom, love, ingenuity? When it comes to your health, is it quality of life later for current sacrifices (e.g., better diet, exercise)? When it comes to finances, is it financial freedom later in exchange for budgeting and investments now?

All of these questions can be applied to most areas of your life. I challenge you all to think—How will your choices now dictate what your life looks like later?

If you’d like to check out the amazing Ted Talks featuring Dan Gilbert, click here

Top 5 Things Your Job’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Should Have

As I continue my quest in occupational health nursing, I’ve come to agree with idea that a healthy employee is a productive employee. Think about it, if you had to deal with complex and stressful issues both inside and outside of work, wouldn’t that eventually affect your work performance?

Most large organizations recognize that the workplace environment has changed drastically over the years. With older generations on the road to retirement and new generations coming in, change is apparent. Therefore, developing wellness programs that help promote a healthy work environment has significantly increased the roles of the Occupational Health Nurse and Human Resources team. This is where the Employee Assistance Program comes in.

EAPs have been created over the years to supplement other wellness benefits, like absence leaves (e.g. Short term disability and FMLA), that help to address the multiple areas of your life that can cause stress and a negative work/life balance. Some EAPs can address mental health, physical health, and even financial health. Contact with these resources is mostly free of charge by phone or online, and some even have app privileges!

Therefore, I wanted to suggest the Top 5 things a good Employee Assistance Program can offer to ensure a healthy work/life balance:

  1. Counseling services (for relationships and mental health)
  2. Caregiver services (for children and older adults)
  3. 24hr Nurseline
  4. Financial services (for home buying, savings, and investments)
  5. Legal services (estate planning, court cases, and Wills)

I believe that dealing with these personal life stressors are extremely helpful in maintaining a positive work/life balance. Ask your employer if they have an EAP available, and if not, suggest that they should consider it.

We are all in this together, so let’s make the best of it!

Quote of the Day: When Life Gives You Peanuts

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”

-Maya Angelou (The Heart of a Woman)

This quote reminds me that a dream is never to unreal to be impactful. I’m sure when George Washing Carver began to think of all the possibilities the peanut could produce, people laughed. However, his innovation and determination brought us to the countless inventions and products we use today off of a single peanut. Thank you Mr. Carver for your solitary fantasy…