Brad's Blurb

This month I am going to start by identifying a few of the UK counseling and coaching resources available to you as UK staff and provide a quick summary of what the different benefits can provide.  I have personally used several of them and found them to be very helpful.   

Work + Life Connections Counseling:  Five free confidential individual counseling sessions available with a licensed therapist.  These sessions can cover a variety of issues related to stress management, depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, parenting, substance abuse and grief.  More information is at http://www.uky.edu/hr/work-life/counseling/worklife-connections-counseling

Financial Counseling:  Do you want to gain great control over your finances?  Do you want to talk to someone about how to better plan for your family’s financial future?  Would you like to talk to an expert about the process of buying, selling, or refinancing a home?  Do you need help finding community financial assistance?  These are just a few topics available for discussion.  Up to five free sessions a year are available.  More information is at http://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits/financial-well-being/financial-counseling.

BeWell Health Coaching:  This coaching may be a good fit for you if you need accountability and encouragement to work toward changes with your nutrition, exercise, or overall wellness.  You can expect to gain a better understanding of how your goals fit and interact with your whole health story by taking a well-being assessment and reviewing it with your health coach.  You will create an action plan and receive multiple follow up coaching sessions to help you reach your goals.  More information is at http://www.uky.edu/hr/wellness/bewell/health-coaching.

Family Center Mental Health Counseling:  The Family Center is a community mental health facility that employs therapy interns in the Family Sciences master’s program at UK, and supervised by licensed marriage and family therapists within UK’s Family Sciences.  REFER, is mental health benefit to staff, and is available through the Family Center to assess your individual and family needs.  REFER offers affordable sliding-scale payment options, confidential sessions, and flexible scheduling.  There is no charge for the initial assessment and consultation session.  More information is at   http://www2.ca.uky.edu/hes/familycenter/refer-program.htm.

EatWell Nutrition Counseling:   You can receive personalized guidance from a registered dietitian who can help you move forward with any of your nutrition related goals.  I have talked to several staff who have used this UK benefit and found it to be very useful.  For more information go to http://www.uky.edu/hr/wellness/eatwell.  

Switching gears now.  A couple of years ago I ran across a short story that resonated with me (author unknown).  I apologize to all of the Department Managers who have heard this story before, but I thought I would pass it on again.  It is entitled, “Let Go of Your Stresses”.  It has served as a good reminder to me, and I hope it resonates with you as well. 

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.  As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they would be asked the “half empty or half full” question.  Instead, she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?”  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.  She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.  It depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, it is not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my arm.  If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.  In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”  She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens.  Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.  And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

The purpose of the story is to remind us that it is important to let go of our daily stresses.  As early in the evening as you can, put all of your burdens down.  Do not carry them through the evening and into the night.  Remember to put the glass down.

As always, thanks for reading and have a good week!

Regards, Brad

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