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Well In Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

Coping with Chronic Stress

The past two years we were thrown right into fight, flight, or freeze mode. There was tremendous fear and uncertainty. Then, after some time, whether or not we liked it, we settled into the closures and new social norms. Right now, two years later, it is safe to say we’re contending with ongoing and severe chronic stress.  So, what are we to do?

  1. Practice awareness of your breathing.  Noticing the gentle rise and fall of our natural breathing has a way of both filling us and comforting us.
  2. Take deep breaths.  Deep breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is taking intentional, longer, and fuller breaths all the way down to our abdomen. In doing this, we inhibit our body’s stress response and engage in a calming response.
  3. Exercise. This is one well-proven way to work through the buildup of ongoing stress.
  4. Create perspective. Using the word “and” during this time can help us acknowledge both the painful realities and recognize that there is more happening beyond the pain.
  5. Practice kindness. Performing acts of kindness has been shown to help with stress and increase feelings of happiness.
  6. Adhere to a schedule. Try and create a rhythm for yourself (and your children if you have them living with you). It helps create a sense of predictability and control, which we all need.
  7. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Going to sleep and waking up at roughly the same time every day (yes, even on weekends) is shown to benefit not only the quality of our sleep but also our mental well-being.
  8. Lead with self-compassion.  No one functions optimally under conditions of chronic stress—including you. As the world has had to readjust its own expectations, please readjust the expectations you have of yourself.
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Preparing for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in or make changes to your benefits, as well as add or drop coverage for eligible dependents for benefits effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Open Enrollment will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 11. Once again this will be an “active” Open Enrollment. So you must make an election to continue your coverage in 2023.

Emails will be sent to all benefit eligible employees once enrollment opens with instructions to enroll through the Infor Employee Self-Service portal. There you will also find information about what is new for 2023 as well as all the benefit information and materials.

Virtual Group meetings as wells as individual meetings will be held to ensure you understand the great benefits that Riverside offers and to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. Watch for the Open Enrollment Notice email for the full meeting schedule and instructions for scheduling individual meetings coming soon.

The Riverside Virtual Benefit and Wellness Fair will start on Oct. 24 and continue until Nov. 11. The earlier you finish your Open Enrollment, the earlier you get entered into a daily drawing for prizes from our benefit and wellness vendors!

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Well In Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

6 Coping Strategies to Ease Anxiety

New research published in American Psychologist identifies a handful of coping strategies associated with psychological resilience.

  • Active Coping: An active coping strategy occurs when a person makes a conscious decision to fix something in his/her life. One can do this by seeking information/social support/help, changing one’s environment, and/or solving problems.
  • Positive Reframing: This is when someone turns a negative into a positive or finds the best in a situation. It is the glass-half-full mentality.
  • Instrumental Support: Thisrefers to the help others may provide you — for instance, by offering financial assistance, housekeeping, or childcare support.
  • Religion/Spirituality: Coping with trauma or stress through the comfort found in spiritual or religious practices.
  • Acceptance: This involves responding to change in a way that aligns with your values and not fighting against things that are out of your control.
  • Emotional support:  Tapping into the warmth and nurturance that is derived from your core social circle. Spending quality time with friends and family, even if through a Zoom call or FaceTime.

The team of researchers report that substance use, planning, venting, and denial actually do more to hurt the situation than to help it. They also found that humor and self-distraction neither induced a beneficial nor negative change in people’s well-being.

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Call 815-933-2240 to schedule or learn more about your EAP benefits.

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Well In Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF A BIT DYSREGULATED OR OVERWHELMED, A FEW OF THESE SIMPLE INTERVENTIONS CAN HELP. ASKING YOURSELF, “AM I HUNGRY, ANGRY, ANXIOUS OR OTHERWISE ACTIVATED? AM I LONELY, CAN I REACH OUT? AM I TIRED, CAN I GIVE MYSELF SOME REST OR A BREAK? DO SOMETHING RESTORATIVE FOR MY ENERGY?” WE CAN MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY MANAGE WHATEVER DIFFICULTIES MAY ARISE OVER THE COURSE OF A CHALLENGING DAY AND WEEKS AHEAD. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR A 12 MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATION OF THE H.A.L.T PRACTICE

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Advantages of Health Savings Accounts

As you start thinking about Open Enrollment this fall, you may be considering enrolling in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) for significant savings on health insurance premiums. The best part of the HDHP plan is that you are eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA allows you to save money for qualified medical expenses that you’re expecting, such as contact lenses or monthly prescriptions, as well as unexpected ones —now and in the future.

Why have an HSA?
You own it – The money is yours until you spend it, including Riverside’s contributions of $750-$1000 annually. You keep it, even if you change jobs, health plans or retire.

Tax savings – HSA’s help you plan, save and pay for health care, all while saving on taxes. For example, if you make an annual contribution of $1,200. The annual income tax savings could add up to $452 (25% federal | 5% state | 7.65% FICA)

  • The money you deposit is federal income tax-free.
  • Savings grow income tax-free.
  • Withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are also income tax-free.

It’s not just for doctor visits – Once you’ve contributed to your account, you can use the funds in your HSA to pay for qualified medical expenses such as: Dental care, including extractions and braces, Vision care, including contact lenses, prescription sunglasses and LASIK surgery, Prescription medications and certain over-the-counter drugs, Chiropractic services, Acupuncture, etc.

Save for the future – Your HSA rolls over from year to year, so you can continue to grow your savings and use it in the future – even into retirement.

If you would like to know more, be sure to attend a benefit meeting during Open Enrollment for details and to have all of your questions answered.

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