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Season Three

Emotion Well Episode 4: Get Smart (With Your Feelings)

Dr. Warren Phillips, a clinical psychologist and expert on emotional intelligence, or EQ, helps us understand the importance of paying attention to our feelings and how we can use that information to help us navigate relationships at home and in the workplace. We also explore whether there are any downsides to EQ and if personality traits, like introversion or extroversion are related to someone's EQ.

Check out Warren's Business: Transformative Workplace Solutions:

Check out Warren's podcast: Take the Irk out of Work

Learn more about: Six Seconds

Check out EFR's training catalog to explore EQ workshops for your workplace!

Questions or comments? Email emotionwel@efr.org

Emotion Well Episode 3: What Andy Taught Us

September is Suicide Awareness Month and in this episode we hear from Destiny Welsh Teixeira who shares how her family found ways to cope after her brother took his own life. Destiny shares how her faith and family got her through a challenging season of life and how her family and the community continue to honor her brother Andy’s life. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

National Suicide Hotline: 800.273.8255

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/suicide-prevention-awareness-month

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Emotion Well Episode 2: Counseling Myths and Misconceptions

EFR’s Clinical Team Lead, Tina Leaf (MSW, LISW), explores common myths and misconceptions about counseling in our latest episode of Emotion Well! In addition, Tina shares how to identify a counselor who will be a good fit, how to know when a child is ready for counseling, and why many people are hesitant to take the first step of reaching out to a counselor.

Questions for Emotion Well? Email us at emotionwell@efr.org

Learn more about EFR's counseling serviceshttps://efr.org/programs-services/counseling/

Use your EAP benefit with EFRhttps://efr.org/how-we-help/work/

Emotion Well Episode 1: Let’s Talk About Boundaries

To kick off season three we have Alysa Mozak sharing information about identifying and communicating healthy boundaries. Alysa is an educator and consultant with her own business called Blossoming Pathways, LLC. She provides customized policy audits using trauma informed care methods, and professional development trainings and workshops on empathy building skills, sexual health and healthy relationships skills, compassion fatigue, and bystander training. In this episode we explore boundaries across all types of relationships and also hear about the importance of boundary setting in the workplace.

Questions for Emotion Well? Email us at emotionwell@efr.org

Blossoming Pathyways: https://www.facebook.com/blossomingpathwaysdsm/

Book Recommendation: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawab: https://www.nedratawwab.com/my-book

Healthy Relationships Initiativehttps://healthyrelationshipsinitiative.org/community-resources/toolkits/

The Relationship Foundationhttps://therelationshipfoundation.org/

Season Two

Emotion Well Episode 10 – Parenting with Perspective

Steve Arneson joins us for a candid conversation about parenting, coaching, counseling, mentoring, and being a girl dad. In addition to being a dad (and grandpa!), Steve has worn the hat of teacher, school counselor, and coach and provides great insights into best ways to communicate with children and adolescents. Steve also shares how EFR's Student Assistance Program (SAP) can be a way to keep communication open between parents and children.

EFR's Student Assistance Program –https://efr.org/programs-services/student-assistance-program/

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 9 – Radical Hospitality: One Burrito at a Time

Joe Laslo is a man on a mission. Since 2015, Joe has been serving radical hospitality one burrito at a time to the homeless and food insufficient in Des Moines, Iowa through the non-profit, Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM). Learn how a bike accident in 2014 turned into one of Joe's greatest endeavors and how it has changed the lives of those who he has met along the way. In addition, find out how you can get involved with UBFM and learn more about EFR's annual fundraiser, Ride Don't Hide!

Urban Bicycle Food Ministries – https://ubfmdsm.com/

Urban Bicycle Food Ministries Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/groups/410291065841161/

Ride Don't Hide -  https://efr.org/stay-connected/ride-dont-hide/

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 8 – Find Your Roots: Exploring Environmental Wellness

Being aware and noticing what is going on in the natural world is one way to enhance overall well-being. Leslie Berckes shares her passion for being a voice for the voiceless through her work with Trees Forever and helps us explore the many ways someone can interact with the natural world to boost physical and emotional well-being. 

Trees Forever Growing Futures Program – http://www.treesforever.org/growingfutures

Trees Forever Treekeeper Program -  http://www.treesforever.org/treekeepers

How Environmentalism Intersects with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -  http://www.treesforever.org/Blog7-14-20

Study on Widening Disconnect with Nature - https://e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-study-shows-widening-disconnect-with-nature-and-potential-solutions

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 7 – Working Moms: A Candid Conversation

Stephanie Majeran is the owner of Well Run Results and shares her path to finding purpose through taking the leap into entrepreneurship while navigating the early years of motherhood and then homeschooling during a pandemic. Learn what advice Stephanie gives others interested in pursuing career goals  and how important her self-care routine has been to finding balance across all dimensions of well-being.

Well Run Results– https://www.wellrunresults.com/

EFR Culture Audithttps://efr.org/how-we-help/work/culture-audit/

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Emotion Well Episode 6 – Fall in Love with Financial Freedom

Have you ever thought about your relationship style when it comes to money? Is money causing stress in your personal relationships? Hear from Scott Nelson of Legacy Financial Group the small and big steps you can take to have a healthier relationship with your banking and retirement accounts.

Webinar – My Financial Life: Money Matters:    https://lfgplanners.com/wp/events/

Questions about workplace financial wellness programmingkathy@lfgplanners.com

Resources and Financial Calculators: https://lfgplanners.com/resources.php

National Endowment for Financial Education NEFEhttps://www.smartaboutmoney.org/

Scott Nelson is an Investment Advisor Representative with Legacy Financial Group, a Registered Investment Adviser.  Opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Legacy Financial Group.  The topics discussed, and opinions given are not intended to address the specific needs of any listener. Legacy Financial Group does not offer legal or tax advice, listeners are encouraged to discuss their financial needs with the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance

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Emotion Well Episode 5 – Making It Work: Self-Care in the Workplace

On average, you will spend 1/3 of your life working so establishing healthy work routines and incorporating self-care in the workplace is essential for health and happiness. Learn what individuals, leaders, and employers can do to make self-care and wellness a priority and work for everyone.

EFR Wellness Benefits:https://efr.org/how-we-help/at-work/wellness-benefits/

Marquee Healthhttp://marqueehealth.com/

Stats on Worksite Wellnesshttps://insights.myshortlister.com/employee-wellness-statistics

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Emotion Well Episode 4 – Normalizing a Healthy Lifestyle

Emotion Well Episode 4 -
Normalizing a Healthy Lifestyle

It is easy to fall into and normalize a lifestyle that overlooks healthy habits and often difficult to get on the path to a healthier way of living. In this episode, Kevin Peterson shares his steps to setting up a successful routine that incorporates healthy living into your existing lifestyle and circumstances. Learn the steps you can take to get on make 2021 the best year yet!

Peterson Holistic Serviceshttps://www.facebook.com/PetersonHolisticServices/

Grace Fitnesshttps://www.gracefitnessdsm.org/

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 3 – Healthy Holidays

The holidays are around the corner and no holiday is complete without the tradition of feasting on your favorite treats and sweets! Hear from Registered Dietician Susie Roberts on how to enjoy your favorite foods without ruining the best of your health goals and intentions. Susie is the owner of DASH Coaching and Consulting Solutions and can be reached at dashccs@gmail.com. Make sure to check into Susie’s favorite resources: MyPlateEatRight, and the CDC Nutrition Website!

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 2 – Understanding Postpartum OCD

Haley Pederson Hundley shares her journey into motherhood and through postpartum OCD in this episode centered on self-care and self-awareness for new moms. Learn what resources Haley used to guide her through the ups and downs of becoming a mom and how those resources helped her gain a different perspective on the must-have tools and conversations one needs as they journey into motherhood.

Resources: International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundationhttps://iocdf.org/expert-opinions/postpartum-ocd/

American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/pi/women/resources/reports/postpartum-depression

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 1 – Support for your Student A(SAP)!

Learn from Steve Arneson, a retired school teacher and school counselor some of the best ways to support your student,  how to stay connected to the resources available to students and parents, and how to keep open communication channels about the emotions your student is experiencing. 

Join the conversation and share your ideas about this topic by emailing us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Season One

Emotion Well Episode 6 – Season One Recap

Season one is a wrap! 2020 has been a trying year to say the least but Emotion Well is here to continue inspiring and sharing stories and ideas about how to take care of your emotional wellness. Check out our season one recap and stay tuned for season two this fall! In our upcoming season we are covering youtha and adolescent emotional health, postpartum emotional needs, nutrition, and how to normalize a healthy lifestyle (to name just a few!). 

If you have any ideas you’d like to share for season two, please email us at emotionwell@efr.org!

Emotion Well Episode 5 – Secrets to Sustainable Success

Kevin Peterson is the owner of Peterson Holistic Services, located in Urbandale, Iowa, and the founder of Permanent Weight Loss Solutions. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to making lifestyle related changes, and he so generously shared his secrets to sustainable success with Emotion Well!

Kevin has combined his philosophy and experience in weight loss with his education in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, certification as a Personal Trainer, and diploma in Nutrition Therapy to create a Virtual Training Program that taps into the intelligence of your body and supports its natural ability to heal. Because, in the end, that is what weight loss is, a healing process.

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Emotion Well Episode 4 – Making Connections with Cancer

Louise Crall is the Human Resources and Community Engagement Director at Employee and Family Resources. Louise is a two-time cancer survivor and shares how her treatment and recovery benefitted from making new connections in her community with others going through similar experiences. In addition, Louise shares how she remains involved in Above and Beyond Cancer, years after her diagnosis and treatment.

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Learn more about Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

Podcasts Sources:
WebMD Magazine

Emotion Well Episode 3 – Opioid Epidemic – Get the Facts

Hannah McMunn is a Prevention Specialist with Employee and Family Resources. A large part of her role on the Prevention Team is to provide resources and programming around the opioid epidemic in Jasper County, Iowa. Oftentimes people view legal drugs as much safer and less harmful than illegal drugs but in recent years, the opioid epidemic has proven that prescription pain medication can have just as many health consequences and can be just as dangerous and deadly.

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Podcasts Sources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Partnership for Drug Free America PSA from 1987
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Emotion Well Episode 2 – Retire with Purpose

Tom Farley is living a life of purpose in retirement and shares his professional knowledge and personal experiences about retiring with purpose and passion. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next two decades, learning about retirement beyond financial security is critical for optimal well-being during your golden years.

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Emotion Well Episode 1 – Understanding Food and Mood

Susie Roberts, the Nutrition Services Director for Community Health Partners, a community-based organization focused on achieving outstanding results for patients, clients, families, and communities shares how food and mood are connected! Did you know you make over 200 food choices each day? While many people associate making food choices with their physical health and appearance, food choices affect emotional well-being, too. In this episode, Susie answers the many questions floating around regarding those choices, diet fads, and explains the difference between eating disorders and disordered eating.

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