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Health and Wellness February 2016

What is your love language?

Wellness Wednesday Tip: As people, we crave friendships and personal connections. When we are able to build these types of relationships with others, especially in the work place we become more engaged and dedicated to our organization; simply enjoying our time spent at work more. This week, devote a few extra minutes getting to know and building a relationship with a fellow co-worker.

The Five Love Languages written by Gary D. Chapman explores the different ways in which love is expressed and received and how to both understand and speak to an individuals love language to develop a better relationship. Chapman’s love languages can be applied to all relationship types whether personal or work related and can help create deeper more meaningful connections.

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Tips for managing stress

By Tracy Skaer, WSU College of Pharmacy

There are two categories of stress: eustress and distress. Eustress is the beneficial type that helps motivate our lives and keep us happy, connected, active, challenged, motivated and productive. However, when stress becomes intolerable and/or manageable then detrimental distress becomes apparent. Distress leads to several negative outcomes including poor decision making, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, increases in blood pressure, indigestion, hyperventilation, reduced or increased appetite, substance abuse, and poor coping skills.

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Sign up for free staff Bloomsday training

After nearly four decades, Bloomsday has worked its way into the fabric of life in the Inland Northwest. Participating is a great way to encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle among employees while socially participating with peers and colleagues. This is open to all fitness levels: runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers. Sunday, May 1 is race day, with more than 40,000 people participating on a 12 kilometers (7.46 miles) course.

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