Sunday, March 29, 2015

Health Tip From : Controlling Anger

Dwell on solutions, not problems.

Thoughts can quickly spiral downward when something doesn't go your way. But experts say if you learn how to change your way of thinking, you can keep anger in check.
The American Psychological Association offers these suggestions:
  • Don't use words such as "always" or "never" when discussing problems involving yourself or others.
  • Focus on goals and how to achieve them, rather than dwelling on problems themselves.
  • Understand that anger can make you behave irrationally, so step back and make sure you're reacting in a logical way.
  • Don't issue demands. Instead, make requests of things you want.
For more information about controlling your thoughts through a relaxation technique called biofeedback go to the Well U website.
Copyright © 2014 HealthDay External Links Disclaimer Logo.  All rights reserved.
HealthDayNews articles are derived from various sources and do not reflect federal policy. does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in news stories. For more information on health topics in the news, visit Health News on

Friday, March 27, 2015

Did you know?

...a recent American Psychiatric Association poll found that a majority of Americans – 51 percent – are living with moderate amounts of stress?

...that money, work, and the economy are reported to be the leading causes of stress among American adults?

...91 percent of children report knowing that their parents are feeling overly stressed?

Practicing proven stress management habits throughout your lifetime will help strengthen your resilience and ability to cope with everyday stressors. 
Learn how today! 
Visit the Stewardship in Seconds video gallery for short webinars on a variety of health topics including stress management.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.22.17 AM.png

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Addressing Stress

Addressing Stress
Exercise, healthy eating, and getting plenty of restful sleep were the focus last week in our newest wellness incentive challenge, In Tune. This week participants are experimenting with relaxation techniques such as meditation, centering, deep breathing, and progressive relaxation to help them better cope with everyday stressors.
While many of us would like to be able to eliminate everyday stressors like work deadlines, traffic gridlock, and busy schedules, the reality is that these aren’t going to go away anytime soon. The key is to change our typical response to the stressors so that we don’t allow it to cause unrest in our everyday life or long term health problems.
A number of CSS employees have signed on to take the In Tune challenge. Employees are taking stock of the stressors that trigger an increase in heart rate, sweaty palms, upset stomachs, nervousness, and quicker breathing rate. All of these combined are referred to as the stress response. Frequently mentioned stressors include:
  • Regular distractions like phone calls and e-mails
  • Heavy traffic and long commutes
  • Tight work deadlines
  • Balancing work and home
  • Job insecurity
  • Financial challenges
  • Keeping up with technology
During the next several weeks, participants will continue to try new stress management strategies to determine which create the best harmony in their life. Stay tuned for more information about how employees are taking charge of the stress in their life by transitioning stress management strategies into everyday stress management habits.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Life Beyond "Do What You Love"

The New York Times published an article entitled, "A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love'",
The article was written by Gordon Marino, a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College and the editor of "The Quotable Kierkegaard."  It is a reflection on how we choose to live and what we choose as our profession.  Can you do what you love and make money doing it? Is the ability to "do what you love" a reasonable expectation to have?  To explore these questions check out the full article ; A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love'

If you are looking to do what you love health coaching can help!  See the poster below for more information.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Friday from Well U

When was the last time you laughed so hard it brought tears to your eyes?A good belly laugh massages the internal organs and is worth its weight in gold. Finding the funny in everyday life can be a great stress management strategy. If you haven’t savored a good laugh lately, try watching one of these all-time funniest movies.

• The Heartbreak Kid
• Monty Python and The Holy Grail
• Airplane!
• National Lampoon’s Vacation
• Dumb and Dumber
• Me, Myself, and Irene
• Meet The Parents
• The Hangover
• Dr. Strangelove

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.19.04 AM.png

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Personal Story of Weight Loss

A personal story of weight loss from one of Well U's Brown Bag Lunches. 
Jenny discusses of her personal journey and struggles with weight loss and the resulting decision to have weight loss surgery. If you have ever considered weight loss surgery, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about why someone would go through this process please watch the video below.  

Click on the link to view.

Check for more resources.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Well U Events

With next week being Spring Break campus is typically very quiet. However, WellU will still be offering Shape Up and Health Coaching. What better time to take advantage of Shape Up when faculty/staff will have the entire gym to themselves? If you want to improve, mix-up, or create a workout plan, sign up for a Shape Up session with our personal trainer! To register for a Shape Up session click here.

Have you checked out the WellU Clinic yet? The WellU Clinic has been open for over a month and we have now implemented Health Coaching as a service offered at our clinic. Work one-on-one with Dr. Gen Ludwig to develop a wellness action plan. Health Coaching is offered Mondays at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm. To sign up for a Health Coaching session click here.

Finally, we would like to remind you about our newest wellness challenge. The WellU In Tune wellness challenge is a 6 week individual challenge that focuses on reducing everyday stressors. Attached to this email is an editable PDF. If you would like to sign up for the challenge download it, fill it out, save it and send it back to or print it and bring into the WellU office (T26).

If you have any questions regarding WellU programming please email

Have a wonderful Friday!

The WELLU Team