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How to Throw a Party

Posted by Blog Tipster on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @ 11:33 AM

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The holiday season is in full swing and there’s no better time for a party.  eni’s Personal Assistants want to help you plan a holiday party for the history books.  It’s important to keep in mind that on average, about 70 percent of the invitees will attend. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to invite a few more people than you can actually fit at your location.

Give your guests advanced notice.  Let them know the date of the party a few weeks prior so they can set that weekend aside. Then send a reminder as it gets closer to the party.  Mail, e-mail, phone and even social media invitations are acceptable for general parties and get-togethers.  If it is a more formal event, you may want to stick with sending invitations in the mail.

Pick a theme if you want one as theme parties have become more popular.  Decorations, food/drinks, and music can all fit into whatever theme you choose.  Here are just a few theme ideas:

  • Have an “ugly sweater party”. Invite all guests to wear their “ugliest” holiday themed sweater.  Place old family photos around your home from a time gone by when holiday sweaters were all the rage.  You can even have a contest and give a prize to the guest with the “ugliest” sweater.
  • Everyone has heard of “Christmas in July” parties, well this holiday season throw a “Summer in December” party. Decorate with a beach theme, complete with beach balls as party favors and play some relaxing reggae music in the background.  Use tropical fruit such as bananas, pineapples and coconuts as edible décor.  Brave the cold and grill up some summer favorites and serve punch and the tropical drink of your choice.  Invite your guests to dress “Island Casual”. 
  • Throw a New Year’s Eve Gala. Break out your classiest decorations and don’t forget the confetti.  Serve plenty of delicate hors d'oeuvres along with champagne and/or sparkling cider.  Invite your guests to dress in their favorite formalwear.  Finally, be sure to play music that people will want to dance to.

Start cleaning your house a few weeks before the party and as time gets closer, you can rearrange the furniture as needed, hang lights, decorate, etc.  Starting the process a few weeks earlier will give you time to run out to get things you may have forgotten you needed.

If you expect a large number of people or there’s a chance the party may be loud, be respectful and inform any neighbors that are close by.

Remove and hide anything of significant value so it is not out in the open and cannot be damaged or stolen.  You may also want to hide personal things, like medicine, in the bathroom cabinet, etc.

Don’t forget trash cans!  Have a place for garbage set up in a few different locations.  It will make the cleaning process easier for you if someone can easily access a trash can.  Check them periodically throughout the party and change the bags so they don’t overflow.

Finally, make sure there is plenty of seating for your guests and have fun!

eni’s EAP and work/life services are designed to help employees effectively balance the competing demands of work and life while achieving optimal levels of productivity.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

Tags: Personal Assistant, Virtual Concierge Service, work/life balance, EAP, party planning, event planning, holiday party planning

Best Buys for Fall

Posted by Blog Tipster on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

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In most parts of the country, outdoor pools have been closed for the season by Labor Day, but don’t let that stop you from buying a bathing suit! Swimwear is one of the many goods retailers discount this time of year. Other items include grills and lawn mowers. Store managers don’t want to store these things, send them back to a warehouse or sell them to wholesalers at a loss. They would rather sell them to you!

If you’re in the market for a new car, fall is a good time to buy. New-model cars have been parked in dealership lots since September, and salespeople are eager to get rid of the others in October and November. Expect to save at least 10%, and probably more, on the previous year’s model. And if you’re not particular about the color, the longer you wait the better deal you’ll get. It’s also a great time to look for a new RV.

The best time to buy fruits and vegetables is when they’re in season. In September through November, apples, cranberries, oranges, tangerines, honeydew melons, Bartlett pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms and spinach will be in season and less pricey than imported exotic fruits and vegetables .

Good wine can be found for a good price any time of the year, but fall is a great time to stock up on wine. The fall harvest season, when most vineyards release their latest vintages, offers the best selection.

Fall is also one of two best times of the year to buy cookware.  Ranges and stoves typically go on sale during the summer but ranges, and sometimes dishwashers, also get discounted in early fall, when new models arrive.

If you can plan ahead to make your purchases, you can save big in the fall!

BalancePro is a Personal Assistant Service designed to help employees effectively balance the competing demands of work and life while achieving optimal levels of productivity. The BalancePro service allows your employees to delegate their personal tasks- so they can focus more attention on business.  Learn more today!

Tags: Personal Assistant, work/life balance, EAP, Best Buys, Fall Shopping

eni Explains the Benefits of the Video Therapy

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

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The use of telemental health services or therapy via video conferencing technology has quickly become more widely accepted as an effective way to conduct behavioral health services.  With the use of secure, HIPAA-compliant video therapy software, members who struggle with mobility, transportation, finding childcare, live in rural areas, or just have too much going on in their lives to make room for face-to-face therapy sessions will now have a connection to behavioral healthcare.

Video therapy is handled much like telephonic counseling, the member’s needs are assessed and if deemed as appropriate, the option of video therapy is offered.  Due to the many potential benefits video therapy can serve, it can be a great option to our members.  With video therapy, members who live busy lives and struggle fitting in the time to travel to a therapist’s office or mental health center are able to enjoy the convenience of connecting with a therapist right from their home or office.  Another benefit relates to the anonymity and privacy of online therapy. There is no issue with running into someone else you may know at a therapist’s office and/or center.

Additional significant benefits with the utilization of this service include the immense expansion of choices our members will benefit from in regards to behavioral health specialties. Instead of being limited to seeing therapists within their local area, the use of video therapy grants our members access to potentially thousands of additional therapists that may be able to best suit their needs. It also saves members money on expenses such as travel and childcare.

In a nutshell video therapy provides:

  • Greater scheduling flexibility

  • The ability to reach a wider base of new clients

  • Increased client satisfaction

  • A reduction in the amount of missed appointments/no-shows

eni is continually exploring new innovations and methods of delivery behavioral health services to our clients. Contact us today to learn more!

Tags: Video Therapy, Behavioral Health, Video Counseling, EAP, Counseling

Dealing with a Long Cold Winter – Tips from eni’s Experts

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

The winter of 2013/2014 has been a long one for many people across the country.  Relentless cold temperatures, ice storms in the south, snow storms in the east and Midwest and the dreaded “Polar Vortex” have all contributed to the feeling that spring will never arrive!

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It’s not unusual for many people, this time of year, to feel the effects of "Cabin Fever” but fortunately there are some steps you can take that may help while waiting for spring to arrive:

  • Try to spend some time outdoors.  The temperature may be cold but with proper clothing and gear winter activities like sledding, skiing, skating or just taking a walk can be enjoyed. Just getting yourself outside can have a positive effect on your mood.

  • Get as much sunshine as you can.  Open curtains and blinds, work near a window or take a quick walk. Lack of sunshine can cause chemical imbalances in the human brain that may contribute to depression.  If you live in a place with little or no sunshine consider purchasing a lamp that mimics sunlight.  These are used for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder and are very effective in making the body believe it has been exposed to sunlight.

  • Maintain contact with friends and family.  Isolation is one of the contributing factors of cabin fever.  Socialize with people, go to the store or out to eat.  Having another person or people to talk to can keep you from feeling lonely.

  • Spend time pursuing hobbies or interests.  Having something that requires focus or concentration enables you to keep your thoughts from dwelling on feelings of isolation or loneliness.  You may even accomplish some of those tasks you’ve been putting off.

  • If you have the means it may be helpful to take a vacation to a warmer climate.  Getting out of your surroundings may provide much needed relief.

  • Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Eat nutritious foods and be sure to get enough exercise and rest.

  • Take part in structured activities such as book clubs, exercise classes, etc.  These allow you to socialize and focus your attention, while also giving you something to look forward to.

Winter can be long, cold and difficult to endure but with the right attitude and some of the preceding suggestions spring won’t seem so far away.

For more information and tips on enduring frigid winter temperatures, contact the behavioral health or work/life experts at eni.

Tags: Employee Assistance Programs, Winter Weather Tips, Dealing with Cold Weather, EAP, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Have a Stress Free Holiday Season – Tips from eni’s Experts

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

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Most people look forward to the holidays. Parties, giving and receiving gifts, and family gatherings can all be a source of great joy and excitement. But for many, the holidays can also be a time of stress, anxiety and depression. In order to help cope with holiday stress and depression it’s important to keep in mind the following:

  • Many people can’t be with loved ones during the holidays. Sometimes people can’t travel or you may be reminded of loved ones that have passed.  It’s important to realize that it’s OK to feel sadness and grief and acknowledge those feelings. Take time to express your sadness. You shouldn’t force yourself to feel happiness just because it’s the holiday season.

  • If you feel lonely or isolated seek out community, religious, or other social events. These are good opportunities for support and companionship. Volunteering your time can also provide a way to lift your spirits.

  • Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or “just like last year”. Families change and grow and so do their traditions. Choose some to hold onto and be open to creating new ones.

  • Stick to a budget. Financial concerns can have a huge impact on wellness. Establish how much you can spend and stick to that limit. Don’t try to buy happiness with overly expensive gifts.

  • Plan ahead. Set aside time for shopping, cooking and other activities. This will prevent overbooking and last minute scrambling to attend events or meet with friends.

  • Don’t abandon healthy habits. It’s easy to over indulge during the holidays and this can be a source of guilt and stress. Eat a healthy snack before attending a party to help curb your appetite and continue to exercise and get plenty of rest.

  • Take a break. Don’t forget to take time to appreciate the happiness of the season. Take a few minutes to yourself and take a walk or listen to a favorite piece of music. It’s important to take time to regroup during this hectic time of year.

  • Reach out. If your stress or depression becomes overwhelming reach out to family members, friends or mental health professionals. There are many people willing to help. Let them do so.

The holidays are exciting and joyous, but also stressful.  Therefore, take the time to relax, regroup and focus on what’s important to you.  Enjoy the company of family and friends and realize that there’s no such thing as a perfect holiday.

Members may contact eni at any time to help cope with the stress of the holiday season.

Tags: Holiday Stress, Holiday Depression, EAP, stress relief, stress management, Depression

Coping With Back to School Depression - Advice from the National Institute for Mental Health and the work/life experts at eni

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

P  Marketing Marketing STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY Individuals & Everyday Life depress girl resized 600Here at eni, we understand that depression can occur during adolescence, a time of great personal change. You may be facing changes in where you go to school, your friends, your after-school activities, as well as in relationships with your family members. You may have different feelings about the type of person you want to be, your future plans, and may be making decisions for the first time in your life.

Many students don’t know where to go for mental health treatment or believe that treatment won’t help. Others don’t get help because they think depression symptoms are just part of the typical stresses of school or being a teen. Some students worry what other people will think if they seek mental health care.

This fact sheet addresses common questions about depression and how it can affect high school students.

Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. Most students occasionally feel sad or anxious, but these emotions usually pass quickly—within a couple of days. Untreated depression lasts for a long time and interferes with your day-to-day activities.

Different people experience different symptoms of depression. If you are depressed, you may feel:

  • Sad

  • Anxious

  • Empty

  • Hopeless

  • Guilty

  • Worthless

  • Helpless

  • Irritable

  • Restless.

You may also experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy

  • Lack of energy

  • Problems concentrating, remembering information, or making decisions

  • Problems falling sleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much

  • Loss of appetite or eating too much

  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

  • Aches, pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not go away.

Depression in adolescence frequently co-occurs with other disorders such as anxiety, disruptive behavior, eating disorders, or substance abuse. It can also lead to increased risk for suicide.

Depression does not have a single cause. Several factors can lead to depression. Some people carry genes that increase their risk of depression. But not all people with depression have these genes, and not all people with these genes have depression. Environment—your surroundings and life experiences—also affects your risk for depression. Any stressful situation may trigger depression. And high school students encounter a number of stressful situations!

If you think you might be depressed, the first step is to talk with your parents or a trusted adult who can help you make an appointment to speak with a doctor or mental health care provider. Your family doctor or school counselor may also be able to help you find appropriate care.

The doctor or mental health care provider can do an exam to help determine if you have depression or if you have another health or mental health problem. Some medical conditions or medications can produce symptoms similar to depression. The doctor or mental health care provider will ask you about:

  • Your symptoms

  • Your history of depression

  • Your family’s history of depression

  • Your medical history

  • Alcohol or drug use

  • Any thoughts of death or suicide

If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. But it is important to realize that these feelings are part of the depression and do not reflect your real circumstances. Treatment can help you feel better.

To help yourself feel better:

  • Give treatment a fair chance—attend sessions and follow your doctor’s or therapist’s advice, including advice about specific exercises or “homework” to try between appointments

  • Engage in mild physical activity or exercise

  • Participate in activities that you used to enjoy

  • Break up large projects into smaller tasks and do what you can

  • Spend time with or call your friends and family

  • Expect your mood to improve gradually with treatment

  • Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.

If you think a friend may have depression, you can help him or her get diagnosed and treated. Make sure he or she talks to an adult and gets evaluated by a doctor or mental health provider. If your friend seems unable or unwilling to seek help, offer to go with him or her and tell your friend that his or her health and safety is important to you.

Encourage your friend to stay in treatment or seek a different treatment if he or she does not begin to feel better after 6 to 8 weeks.

You can also:

  • Offer emotional support, understanding, patience, and encouragement

  • Talk to your friend, not necessarily about depression, and listen carefully

  • Never discount the feelings your friend expresses, but point out realities and offer hope

  • Never ignore comments about suicide

  • Report comments about suicide to your friend’s parents, therapist, or doctor

  • Invite your friend out for walks, outings, and other activities—keep trying if your friend declines, but don’t push him or her to take on too much too soon

  • Remind your friend that with time and treatment, the depression will lift.

Researchers continue to study new ways to diagnose and treat depression in high school age students. Some scientists are also looking into different ways to classify symptoms, which may provide news clues about how the disorder develops and which treatments are most effective. Increasing the early detection and treatment of depression can help more students succeed academically and achieve their goals in school and after graduation.

You can find more information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression, including research related to adolescents and young adults, on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

References:

The National Institute of Mental Health Website

March J, Silva S, Petrycki S, Curry J, Wells K, Fairbank J, Burns B, Domino M, McNulty S, Vitiello B, Severe J. Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) team. Fluoxetine, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and their combination for adolescents with depression: Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2004; 292(7): 807–820.

Tags: Back to School, Teen Depression, EAP, Counseling, Depression

eni’s Clinicians Present Tips to Beat Holiday Stress

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 11:54 AM

C  Users melissa m Pictures Gift resized 600The holiday season is upon us and with it comes joy, anticipation and stress. It is very easy to allow this season to swallow you up with all the demands of family expectations and financial obligations. With some simple planning, we can all make it a joyous holiday season. Hopefully, these simple tips will alleviate some pressure and allow you to enjoy peace and joy with those you love most.

  1. Plan ahead. Try to give yourself plenty of time to get everything done and do not wait until the last moment. Write out a list of things that you need to get done and set a deadline for completion.

  2. Stay in control of your spending. Instead of buying on credit which will always add more stress, stay within your means and then you will not have to play catch up for the next year. Get creative and personally make a portion of your gifts or draw names for gifts.

  3. Get enough sleep and exercise. Do not neglect taking good care of yourself during this time. Lack of sleep and exercise can lead to a lack of patience and an increase in irritability.

  4. Examine your priorities and reassess what matters most to you.

  5. Be aware of your strengths and use them. Whether you have time, money or creativity-use them to your advantage.

  6. Take time to write out a list of things that you are thankful for and review it when you are tempted to feel depressed or overwhelmed.

  7. Ask for help. Assign tasks to your spouse and or children. If you are hosting an event don’t be afraid to ask others to chip in and help with whatever you need.

  8. Take some time off of work and go shopping during the day instead of fighting the weekend crowds.

  9. Be mindful of expectations of having a “perfect” time and just do what you can.

  10. Lastly, schedule in some alone time and do something relaxing or do nothing at all!

eni’s experienced clinicians are available 24/7 to help our member’s deal with stressors of everyday life!  To find out more, check out eni’s BalanceWorks Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Happy Holidays!!

Tags: work/life balance, Employee Assistance Programs, Holidays, EAP, stress relief, stress management

Helping Children Deal with Bullying – Tips from eni’s Clinicians

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Oct 03, 2012 @ 02:52 PM

The schoolyard bully is not a new phenomenon.  However it seems that lately this subject has come under intense scrutiny in the media due to the fact that bullying in the 21st century has taken on a new dimension.  Children not only have to contend with the bully on the playground or in the park. Thanks to the widespread use of text messaging, cell phones and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube bullying has become more pervasive and easier to perpetrate.  As a result, a child who is the victim of bullying may feel depressed, anxious and scared and may be reluctant to go to school, play with friends or report the bullying for fear of further retaliation.

If a child is the victim of a bully it is important to intervene as quickly as possible.  Bullying should not be seen as a “rite of passage” or an accepted part of childhood.  Bullying can have long term psychological and emotional l effects and every child has the right to feel safe and supported.

If you suspect your child or a child you know is a victim of a bully there are several steps you can take:

  • C  Users melissa m Pictures sad kid resized 600Be aware of the warning signs. Children may have difficulty sleeping or eating.  They may be moody or anxious and may avoid activities that they previously enjoyed.  They may report valued personal possession as “lost” or “missing”.  Children may also feign illness to avoid school or try to intentionally miss the school bus.

  • Children may be reluctant to report bullying.  They don’t want to be branded as a ‘snitch’ or a ‘tattler’.  If this is the case use a more roundabout way to explore the topic. Discuss a situation you may have seen on TV or in the news and ask: “What would you have done in this situation?”  Use this as an opening to discuss situations that may be occurring in the child’s life.

  • If the child discloses that they are the victim of a bully make them feel safe and supported.  Many children are embarrassed to report bullying; they may feel afraid, angry or helpless.  As an adult it is your responsibility to assure the child do the right thing by reporting the bullying and praise them for their bravery.

  • If the bullying is taking place at school it is important to notify the school administration. Most schools have anti-bullying program in place and bullying is treated as a serious matter.  Every child has the right to feel safe at school and the school administration has a moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe environment.

  • In case of extreme bullying or harassment the authorities may need to become involved to help address the behaviors. Contact your local police department for assistance.

Bullying should not be treated lightly or as “kids being kids”.  It can have serious, long term repercussions and may directly impact a child’s education and development.  As adults we have the responsibility to make the world safe for all children.  Recognize the signs of bullying and intervene quickly to prevent needless pain and suffering in a child’s life.

eniclinicians are available to assist your employees with a myriad of issues and concerns.  Contact eni today to learn more.

Tags: Safety, Education, Behavioral Health, Bullying, EAP, Counseling, School

College Transition Tips from eni’s Clinicians

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 02:56 PM

C  Users melissa m Pictures College Sign resized 600It’s an exciting time when your child has graduated high school and is ready for the new adventure of college. The summer is fading fast and they will soon be starting a new chapter of life.  It’s a transition for both children and parents alike. Chances are your child is filled with excitement and fear about starting new classes, new responsibilities, maybe living with a roommate, and moving to a different area. Parents most likely have some of those same fears since they have spend 18+ years of raising their child and being able to interact with them on a daily basis.  Here are some ways for parents to help their child transition to college smoothly.

Be Involved:  Help your child pack & buy items for college. Lots of stores give helpful lists of what to buy and college’s admission departments will often give some suggestions.  If possible, take your child to college and get acquainted with the campus so when your child talks about locations you’ll be able to picture it in your mind. Go to parents’ weekend if at all possible to visit your child or plan a weekend to go visit within the first month or two of starting college.  Encourage them to stay at school for the first month or two so they can get used to campus life and make new friends.

Talk:  College students have very busy schedules so finding time to talk may be difficult especially in the beginning. Try to encourage your child to call once a week so they can touch base and let you know how they are doing.  As the parent, you may want to talk more often such as on a daily basis but understand that your child is adjusting to a new schedule, maybe managing both school and a job or sport and having a lot more homework. Let your child know your expectation and try to keep a list of things you want to tell them to ensure you will remember once you speak with them.

Be Positive:  Transition can be difficult whether you’re the child going to college or the parent supporting them. Try to focus on the positives. Many times it’s a freshman’s first time away from home for an extended period so it’s understandable if your child experiences some home sickness. Many times just knowing that a parent is only a phone call away and willing to lend a listening ear is helpful. If you receive such a call, listening is key and try to encourage your child as they transition that it will get better as the semester goes.  A syllabus can be very overwhelming but when the student puts the due dates in their planner it helps them to start prioritizing.  If experiencing difficulty with a roommate remind your child that it may be a transition for both of them and they have Resident Assistants (RA) and Resident Directors (RD) that they can go to for help or direction at any time.  Listening to their concerns helps your child to feel validated and giving positive solutions or even a word of encouragement lets them know that you are supporting them & often helps your child to have a positive outlook too.  Care packages help too- there is nothing like receiving mail!!! Send a note or some homemade chocolate chip cookies to encourage your child and let them know you care!

Make it Known:  Let your child know that you and others are available to help if they start to feel overwhelmed and it’s ok to ask for help!!! Transitions are hard especially when it’s a new atmosphere, new people, and a lot of schoolwork all at once.  Sometimes, these demands can make students feel sad, lonely, anxious, or depressed. Some students experience test anxiety or have fears of public speaking. If your child expresses the feelings above or you notice they are overly anxious or have feelings of depression it’s important to make it known that they can seek help! Sometimes, it helps to talk to someone whom is a third party.

An EAP benefit can help both parents and children adjust with transitioning to college.  Contact eni today to learn more!

Tags: Employee Assistance Programs, Behavioral Health, child care, College, EAP

Moving Tips from eni’s Clinicians

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, May 16, 2012 @ 02:32 PM

P  Marketing Marketing STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY buying selling a house real estate agent new home resized 600Moving can be an extremely stressful time of planning, packing, and coordinating lots of details.  Moving means transition no matter if it’s to a different state or just across town. Transition may cause several emotions such as fear of the unknown, sadness over leaving your home and friends, and excitement over the opportunities that await you. Facing a lot of changes at once can be overwhelming at times.

Taking some time for yourself is very important when handling a transition.  Self care is so important, especially when life gets little stressful.  You may think that it’s impossible with all you have to do, but even giving yourself a few minutes a day to focus on you will help your transition to new location. Listed below are some ways to take care of yourself:

Stay Connected - to friends and family.  A good support system can help you adjust to your new location whether friends and family are near or far away.  It will also give you a chance to talk through your feelings, your experiences and help you to continue to foster those relationships despite being in a different area.  These confidants have been a big part of your life and still can be as long as you make the effort to stay connected.

Get Connected - Meeting new people can be challenging when moving to a new location.  However, there are so many ways to help you meet new friends and connections in your new area.  Think of things you enjoy being a part of.  You could: join a dance class, sign up for an exercise group at the gym such as Zumba, or participate in societies/clubs such as the Rotary club, or get involved in a small group at church.  These are just a few of the many ways you can get to know new people.  Often times, these groups bring people from many of walks of life together and provide a great opportunity to meet others that share a common interest with you.  Don’t put this off as it can be a vital way to help you get connected with your new environment.  It can be scary trying something new but it can also lead to some new friendships which will help you feel more at home in your location.

30 Minutes for You - Strive to take 30 minutes a day to relax and do something you love.  Taking some time for you will help you to relieve stress which is vital when facing a new transition in life.  It’s OK to ignore the boxes for a few minutes and give yourself some time to unwind.  Go for a walk around the block & enjoy the outdoors, go to the gym for a quick work out, take a relaxing bath, call an old friend, or watch a favorite TV show.  It may be hard to find 30 minutes especially with unpacking, caring for the kids, or getting dinner on the table, however, take a look at your schedule maybe you can fit in these 30 minutes in the morning before work or in the evening before bed.  Whatever the time you choose remind yourself it’s important to take time for you!

We’re Here to Helpeni’s experienced clinicians can help you deal with the stressors of moving.  In addition, eni’s EAP offers Personal Assistant services that can help you plan your move, research your children’s new school, or find a moving company. Once you’ve moved, our Personal Assistant’s can help you locate a new gym & research costs, find a new church, a society or club you want to join, or even attractions in your new area.  Contact eni today to learn more!

Tags: Moving, Personal Assistant, Virtual Concierge Service, work/life balance, Employee Assistance Programs, EAP