Employee Wellness Newsletter

Support the Spread of Wellness

January 2022

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About Us

Our Employee Wellness and Support Services provides opportunities and resources for employees to develop and maintain healthy emotional, mental, and physical well-being through support and guidance, as well as promoting personal and professional productivity through educational engagement. Visit our website for more information about Employee Wellness and Support Services: Employee Wellness and Support Services
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The IISD EWS Newsletter

This newsletter will provide you with information on emotional, mental, physical and nutritional health. We will focus on how to help you be proactive about your health and well-being. The EWS Newsletter will also provide support & guidance resources that we hope will assist you in dealing with stressors and challenges.

"Dear Ask Anything Anonymously"

Time to ask! Do you have questions that you want to ask regarding wellness? Send us your questions via email at iisdewsresources@irvingisd.net. We will anonymously post and answer your questions on our next newsletter.

Jokes of the Month

It's been said that "laughter is the best medicine." We hope that our Jokes of the Month will provide laughter and maybe even lighten the mood and inspire a smile.

1. What kind of vegetable do you need for a flat tire?

2. What do you call someone who raps about vegetables?

3. What was the stylist's favorite exercise?

4. Why did the seafood chef stop going to the gym?

5. Why didn't the weightlifter have to pay rent?

*Answers will be at the end of the newsletter.

Mental Health

Benefits and Options for Therapy

Have you been wondering if therapy is right for you? Let's take a step to be the best version of yourself in 2022. Many people consider therapy when they are facing a significant crisis, dealing with an extended period of anxiety/depression, coping with a major life transition, and many more.

Others start counseling to be proactive about how to deal with stress and conflicts before they happen. The goal of individual therapy is to inspire change and improve the quality of life through self-awareness and self-exploration. Regardless of your reason, therapy offers a broad array of benefits for all of us.

Beginning therapy can help you improve communication skills, feel confident, empower you to develop fresh insights about your life, learn how to make healthier choices, and develop coping strategies to manage distress. Irving ISD has three in-house professional counselors who can help. You can schedule a consultation with them by emailing iisdemployeewellness@irvingisd.net if you think it's a good fit.

Source: Healthline


Tips to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Nutritional Goals

1. Find your reason "why" you want to achieve your nutritional goals.

Do you want to feel different, feel more energetic, or simply improve your health? Get clear about what you want.

2. Have a plan and make goals.

Have a simple plan and have SMART goals. Be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. For example, a SMART goal would be something like, "I will prepare one new healthy recipe each week for the month of January."

3. Be prepared for lapses.

It is a normal part of growth to fail. It is important for you to take a moment to recognize that you got sidetracked.

4. Track what you eat.

You will be surprised once you start closely tracking what you eat. Tracking will help you tweak your diet so that you can still enjoy foods you love. Use this macronutrient calculator to see your personalized detailed breakdown report whether your goal is to lose or gain weight. Additionally, you can utilize these online tools to plan menus, learn about food labels, and test your knowledge about nutrition.

Source: Fitday


2022 New Year Workout Calendar Challenge

Here is your chance to breakup with your old self. It's time for a new you! You don't have to make a grand resolution to change. However, did you know that it takes about 2 months to make something a habit? Follow this calendar for your 4-week workout plan. Be consistent for 2 months and it will become a habit that you can keep for rest of your life!

Source: Self


Ways To Save, Invest, and Get Smarter With Money in 2022

It's time to be smarter with your money in 2022. You don't need to follow everything all at once. Instead, use this list as a simple guide to build your own financial freedom. If you have any doubts as to the merits of an investment, you should seek advice from an independent financial advisor (e.g., TCG).

1. Picture your perfect year.

Take some time to reflect on how you spent or invested your money in 2021. What would you do differently or keep the same? What went well in 2021? What would you like to change in 2022? Spend an evening writing down these things.

2. Track your growth.

Create an Excel worksheet or simply use an online tool (e.g., Mint, Pocket Guard, You Need a Budget, etc.) to track how much you spend, save, invest, and pay off your debt. Tracking your financial growth will motivate you to achieve more in the next coming year.

3. Invest in an index fund.

Are you new to investing? Do you want your money to work for you? Consider investing your money in an index fund. Index funds are designed to track the entire stock market. This gives you more diversification and hedge against market downturns.

4. Max out your individual Roth IRA.

Roth IRA is a retirement vehicle which let investors contribute money after they paid taxes on it. The amazing part about Roth IRA is that contributions and earnings grow tax-free! Investors under 50 can contribute up to $6,000 and those over 50 can contribute up to $7,000 in 2022. If you don't have an individual Roth IRA, try to make it a goal for 2022 to max out your account.

5. Invest in yourself.

What would you do if you received a $2,000 bonus? Would you start paying down your debt, contributing to your Roth IRA, or adding funds to your savings account? Sometimes it is okay to invest in yourself. Maybe you can invest $1,000 in to your Roth IRA and take the rest to go travel to a new city. At the end of the day, you are being financially smart for a better version of yourself.

Whatever being smarter with money means to you, make a pledge and chase after it for 2022. You deserve to be the best version of yourself!

Source: CNBC Make It

Jokes of the Month Answers

1. A-spare-agus

2. A beet-boxer

3. Curls

4. He pulled a mussel

5. He was squatting

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Jose Villasenor (Strategist) | Veronica Maples | Brian Kim | Nedra Brown (Cluster Leads)

Jovillasenor@irvingisd.net | Brikim@irvingisd.net | Vmaples@irvingisd.net | Nbrown@irvingisd.net

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