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We all sometimes feel overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious or angry. Thankfully there are some quick and easy exercises that can help acknowledge those feelings, without letting them ruin your day.  
 
Favorite Mindful Exercises from SWEAP's Counselors

5-1 Mindfulness.  An easy one!  If you are unable to focus because of distracting thoughts try counting down through your senses. 
  • Name 5 things you can see...
  • 4 things you can touch...
  • 3 things you can hear...
  • 2 things you can smell (or like the smell of)...
  • and 1 positive statement about yourself or about the situation.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation. When we are managing a lot, we often hold much more tension in our bodies than we realize.  Taking time each day to stretch, unwind, and loosen up some of those tense areas can have an overall positive effect on our moods, reduce snap reactions, and builds in a few minutes of peace you can count on.

Gratitude Lists. In times of high tension and uncertainty it can be harder to remember things we can be grateful for.  Make some lists you can keep in your phone, wallet or purse of things you are grateful for.  In times of need, review those things and zone in on your favorite memory or reasons that item made your list.

Involve those around you.  Whether you are in person or on the phone, all of these exercises can be done on your own or with others.  Another small way to offer and receive support from those you care about.

If you would like us to email you a mindfulness or progressive muscle relaxation handout or have other questions about these exercises, please call 501-663-1797, 800-777-1797 or email info@southwesteap.com, with subject line "Mindful Exercises"
Login to our website with code "sweap" to find more helpful tips, articles, resources, and links to trusted sources.  

Sometimes one topic dominates the dinner table conversation, especially if it is something on everybody's mind.  But it can be helpful to switch up the pattern and focus on more positive and interesting topics.

We will be posting Questions of the Day to our Facebook Page for the remainder of social distancing protocols, so go like our page and follow our posts to give you some easy suggestions for your dinner table conversations.
Here are some starter questions to try...


What would you put in a family time capsule to be opened in 100 years? 

Is there anything in your family that has been passed down from generation to generation?

What is the most recent compliment you received from a family member?

Tell me about a time when you stayed up really late or had an adventure with friends?

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

What is your favorite way to help others?


You can also follow us on Instagram @sweapwellbeing for more wellbeing tips as we all get through this together.
How to Access AA Meetings during Social Distancing
If you are a regular attendee of AA meetings, you are aware that they are transitioning to online meetings for public health and safety.  You can find the Arkansas information for accessing online AA meetings HERE 
They are also providing free access to the AAGrapevine and La Vina publications, the International Journals of Alcoholics Anonymous which you can find HERE

SWEAP's website has a News Alert
click HERE
, login and find the following:

 
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine & Isolation

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

How to Master Working From Home - While Under Quarantine with Kids

Support for Employees & Managers Working Remotely

CDC and WHO Live Updates & News

What you Need to Know About COVID-19 (Available In Spanish)

Login to our website with code " sweap "to find more information, and links to trusted sources with regards to the Coronavirus outbreak to support yourself and your family as this situation unfolds.  
Links that connect you to the CDC and WHO websites are provided and recommended because these sites are continuously updating as new information becomes available.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

Feel free to call or email the Southwest EAP office at 501-663-1797, 800-777-1797 or info@southwesteap.com for any questions or if we can help direct you to more information on this topic.

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