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Technological Wellness

Jan. 12, 2024
Technological Wellness
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Before You Start A Diet in 2024, Read This.

Jan. 2, 2024
Starting a diet is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. However, there is growing evidence that diets that rely on restrictions are not sustainable, can be harmful physically and mentally, lead to weight gain over time, and don’t necessarily lead to better health outcomes. The following article delves into these concerns, focusing on recent research about the impacts of dieting and how changing behaviors leads to better and mores sustainable health outcomes.
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Music and Well-Being

Dec. 15, 2023
Music has been shown to have a profound impact on mental health and well-being. Engaging with music can evoke emotions, provide a sense of comfort, and serve as a form of self-expression. Research suggests that listening to music can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and even improve mood and sleep quality. It has also been found to enhance cognitive function and promote relaxation. Additionally, actively participating in music through singing or playing an instrument can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment. Overall, music has the power to uplift and soothe the mind, making it a valuable resource for promoting mental well-being
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Finding a Therapist By Identity

Dec. 5, 2023
Trust is an essential foundation of the relationship between a therapist and client. In recent years, more people are asking to see a therapist who shares a specific identity with them as a way of building that trust and understanding more quickly.
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Toxic Positivity: The Importance of Negative Emotions

Oct. 30, 2023
Toxic positivity is a term used to describe the overemphasis on positive thinking and the denial or suppression of negative emotions. This therapist.com article, "Toxic positivity: Definition, examples, and alternatives," discusses the negative impacts of toxic positivity and provides insights into why it can harm individuals' mental health and emotional well-being.
Mental Health During World Events

Mental Health Support During World Events

Oct. 12, 2023
We at EAP know that many circumstances in our lives, including world events, may trigger the need for mental health support. Please know that the EAP’s counselors can support you during this time. To make a free and confidential appointment with a licensed counselor, please call 512-471-3366 or email eap@austin.utexas.edu
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Vitamin G: Benefits of Gratitude and Ways to Practice

Sept. 25, 2023
“Gratitude is affirming the goodness in one’s life and recognizing that its source lies outside the self,” says Robert Emmons, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and author of The Little Book of Gratitude. The article points out the physical and mental health benefits of gratitude, and it includes practical ways to recognize “the goodness in one’s life” everyday: https://www.prevention.com/life/a25241089/benefits-of-gratitude/ Looking to explore more about gratitude in your life? The counselors at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you gain additional tools and skills around gratitude practices. The EAP’s short-term counseling services are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment, you can call 512-471-3366 or email eap@austin.utexas.edu.
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Shining a Light on National Suicide Prevention Month

Sept. 8, 2023
Suicidal thoughts do not discriminate. They can quietly creep into anyone's life, regardless of age, gender, or background. Often, they're the painful result of untreated mental health conditions. But here's the truth: These thoughts, while sadly common, should never be considered normal. They're a signal of deeper issues that deserve attention. National Suicide Prevention Month reminds us that we all have a role in preventing suicide. Together, we can create a world where suffering individuals feel understood, supported, and empowered to seek help.
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Diving Deeper Into Self-Esteem

Aug. 23, 2023
The phrase “self-esteem” describes how one sees their own value and worth, and i is made up of a number of components, including perceptions of ourselves and the perceptions of others. These perceptions are influenced by a myriad of factors such as stress, genetics, family dyanmics, discrimination, and illnesses. The following article discusses examples of low, healthy, and excessive self- esteem and gives practical ways to improve your self-esteem. For example, practicing self-care and self- compassion or rejecting comparisons and perfectionism are methods of improving your self-esteem.
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Nurturing Connections for Overall Well-Being

July 11, 2023
July marks Social Wellness Month, a time dedicated to highlighting the importance of cultivating healthy social connections for our overall well-being. While individual wellness encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health, social wellness focuses on the quality and depth of our relationships. We find support, belonging, and fulfillment through our social interactions. In this blog post, we will delineate the difference between wellness and well-being and explore the significance of social wellness and how it contributes to our overall well-being.