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Winter Weather is Coming!

November 12, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Brrrr! Who doesn't love a cup of hot chocolate and resting under a warm blanket? I know I do. The winter season is a cozy time of year, but preparation is the best way to stay safe and healthy during this cold season. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. The best way to get a head start for the winter season is to plan and be prepared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests preparing your home with a back-up generator and needed supplies, and preparing your car with emergency supplies such as blankets, ...

Are You an Effective Listener?

August 28, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Blogger and career coach Jan Johnston Osburn writes of the importance of listening, not just hearing. Our lives are such that we tend to ignore our surroundings or block out voices and sounds, until we consciously put effort in to give the sounds purposeful attention.   When we hear, we take in sound. But when we listen, we take meaning from what is being heard. We become mindful. states that about 75% of the time, we are preoccupied when we should actually be listening. Osburn quotes Stephen Covey, as he says "Most people do not listen with the ...

Handling Driver’s Stress

May 22, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Managing stress is a difficult task most face every day. However, this becomes even more difficult the second we get behind the wheel. Driving can create additional anxiety which can make life that much tougher. It is important to understand these feelings and work to control, and eventually minimize, that source of stress in your life. Crazy traffic, detours, and parking issues are all problems we face so often, they have become a part of our daily routine. Unfortunately, these small irritants come together to create a bigger problem our minds under extra stress day after day. ...

Maintaining Meaningful Connections

May 01, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Research has consistently shown that daily social interactions increase quality of life. So ask yourself - did anyone say good morning to you today? Did you smile, say it back and include sincerity in your words? Do you know their name? Think of all the connections you make with others throughout the day. Social connectedness isn't simply about the number of online connections you have, but the quality of your relationships. University of Chicago Psychology Professor, Dr. John Cacioppo, has come up with three dimensions of social connectedness:

Reflections on the Pillars of Wellness

March 13, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Oprah, the Harvard Business Review, and even the National Guard are all talking about the “pillars” of wellness, and when Oprah had guest Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness, on her show in 2011, you knew you would be hearing more about pillars. Six years later, the trend continues when it comes to reflecting on these aspects as part of building a robust workplace wellness program. Kathy Freston said there were eight: 1. Meditation 2. Conscious eating 3. Exercise 4. ...