THRIVEx Week 3 Highlights: Feeling Happy During Times of Stress, Mental Wellbeing and Health Coaching - Virgin Pulse

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THRIVEx Week 3 Highlights: Feeling Happy During Times of Stress, Mental Wellbeing and Health Coaching

June 17, 2020 / Corporate Wellness

We’re more than halfway through THRIVEx and—as inspired by our keynote speaker and happiness expert Dr. Laurie Santos—we’d like to take this time to express our gratitude for the more than 2,000 attendees from the top organizations around the world, from the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, who have joined us so far! We got a lesson in happiness and mental health during tough times from lauded Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos, heard strategies to help employees cope with high stress and grief and learned how health coaches are innovating and adapting to the evolving wellbeing needs of the workforce. 

After trauma, we don’t always end up worse off. Sometimes we end up better off…Tough times in our lives make us a little stronger and a little more resilient. – Dr. Laurie Santos 

Dr. Laurie Santos reminded us of the power of positivity, especially during challenging times. You may have been surprised to learn how essential happiness and gratitude are to coping with stress and traumaDr. Santos dove into the psychology behind her top tips on happinessincluding the ways it can influence our life circumstances, how it can inspire post-traumatic growth and build resilience, the importance of social connections and helping others, the transformative effects of mindfulness and why we need to maintain healthy habits in times of stress. Her favorite happiness exercise? Practicing gratitude. A great way to start is to write down a few things you’re grateful for each day. 

People working in office wearing masksWe hear people talking about the new normal. We don’t know what that is yet. We must support that ever-changing environment right along with our workforce.

We’re still dealing with constant change and feelings of uncertainty as we continue to navigate through COVID-19. While the safety and physical health of employees are top of mind for organizations as they plan their return to the workplace, THRIVEx reminded us how important it is to address and support the mental wellbeing of your workforce.

We heard best practices from wellbeing leaders who have assisted their healthcare workers to remain resilient while dealing with secondary trauma and burnout throughout the pandemic. Believe it or not, mental health starts with overall wellbeing and healthy habits. Lifestyle behaviors that support mental health include:

  • Social connection 
  • Staying active 
  • Managing stress 
  • Eating a brain-healthy diet
  • Finding meaning & purpose 
  • Getting quality sleep  

Many of us are struggling with falling asleep and staying asleep due to the stress of these last few months. Our Week 2 THRIVEx keynote Dr. Matthew Walker shares his top sleep tips.

Healthcare workers are finding success with a wellbeing program that places an additional focus on mindfulness, resilience and mental/emotional wellbeing, uses organization-wide wellbeing challenges to engage and connect employees, promotes health, provides opportunities for stability in an ever-changing world & supports them through these ongoing and rapid transitions.   

Helping simplify and direct people to value-added benefits is more important than ever.

After months of social distancing and remote work, people are seeking human connections now more than ever. The Virgin Pulse Live Services team gave us a look at the role of a certified health coach and shared how they’ve rapidly transitioned to adapt to the growing and changing needs of your workforce

Older woman talking on phoneYour employees are struggling, and they need support more than ever. In the last three months, Virgin Pulse has seen an increase in completion rates for coaching sessions, as well as a: 

  • 24% increase in scheduled coaching appointments
  • 46% increase in members reaching out for support with emotional wellbeing  
  • 80% increase for substance support 
  • 30% increase for support with anxiety and depression 

Health coaches are providing a sense of normalcy, consistency and routine throughout COVID-19 and are helping employees as they transition to a “new normal.” They’re working one-on-one or with a small group to help members cope with the additional stress we’re all experiencing right now. But what makes coaching different from therapy? Therapy helps one gain a deeper understanding of behaviors, while coaches look towards the future and develop the actionable steps necessary to successful, long-term behavior change based on the individual’s wellbeing vision and health goals. 

Learn more about what health coaches do and how they can benefit your business. 

Dr. Martin Makary quoteWe’re looking towards the future of COVID-19taking a close look at social determinants of health and exploring intrinsic motivation during Week 4 of THRIVEx. Medical expert, Johns Hopkins surgeon and New York Times Best Selling Author of The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare and How to Fix It will take us through the latest science and data on COVID-19 and what we can expect next. Reserve your spot (space is limited!) and tune in next week for THRIVEx at 1-4 pm ET. 

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