Archive for March, 2010

Resiliency – Part 4

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Here are the specific rationale for the resilient coping strategies and negative coping strategies I promised from my last blog.

Resilient Coping Strategies

  • Breathing deeply. Slow, deep breaths give your body more oxygen and can produce a calming and focused effect.
  • Church/religious activities. Attending church or other religious activities can provide support.
  • Cooking. Some find great joy in preparing food. The rhythmic motion of chopping vegetables or the aroma of freshly baked bread can be very soothing.
  • Exercising. In addition to keeping you fit, exercise can be a great stress reliever and a great coping strategy. When you body is fit and healthy, coping with stressful situations will be easier.
  • Spending time in nature. Take time to notice the natural beauty around you by taking a walk in a park. Merely getting away from your stresses and finding peace and relaxation, even if only for a few minutes each day, can be beneficial.
  • Support groups. You may feel as if you are the only one dealing with stress and depression; however, you are not alone. Look for support in your area. These groups can be formal groups established in the community, informal groups in your neighborhood.
  • Talking to others. Don’t underestimate the power of talk. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can be very useful. Even if the person with whom you are talking cannot fix the problem, the act of putting your emotions into words can be helpful.
  • Volunteering. When you give back to others, whether you volunteer to work with children the homeless, elderly populations, or at a local animal shelter, you find out just how strong you are. Visit www.volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your area.
  • Writing/journaling. Put your thoughts and emotions on paper. Writing can help you to sort out how you are feeling. You don’t have to show what you have written to anyone. Keeping a journal can help you track your moods.

Negative Coping Strategies

  • Eating in excess or not enough. Eating or bingeing when stressed is a common but ineffective coping strategy. Not eating enough can be a sign of depression. Both eating patterns are maladaptive and should be replaced with resilient strategies.
  • Not talking. Keeping feelings bottled up inside is not a beneficial way to cope with problems. When people do not talk about their feelings, they become consumed with the negative, which makes a problem seem larger and less manageable.
  • Self-injurious behaviors (e.g., self-cutting, drinking alcohol, taking pain killers, reckless driving, etc.). These behaviors are very serious. They are sometimes a cry for help, but engaging in these behaviors even one time can be fatal.
  • Withdrawing. Individuals might feel that they need to keep to themselves and not burden others with their problems when they are feeling stressed; however, the opposite is true. Withdrawing form others and/or the problem will only make the problem worse.

Move It!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Dave Weber - CEO/President

Dave & Lindsey - ING Georgia Half MarathonThis past weekend I was in downtown Atlanta for the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. I’d love to tell you I was there competing in the race but I wasn’t.  Honestly I’d rather lance a boil than run a half marathon.

But my daughter had been training and this was to be her first one…so naturally I was there to cheer her on.  There were over 16,000 runners partaking in the morning’s activities with 14,000 in the half marathon and another 2500 sickos running in the full marathon.

What I saw surprised me…my expectations were that I would see a bunch of skinny malnourished people looking like they hadn’t eaten a good meal in a month.  But that wasn’t the case at all.  Ok – honestly there were a bunch of people with bodies resembling rake handles around but I also found a sea of humanity in all shapes and sizes.  And get this – they were all happy!

It’s true! All of them smiling, high-fiving, slapping each other on the back!  Now keep in mind that it is 6:00am! And it is about to rain!

“What is wrong with these people” I said to myself.  And then it occurred to me. They are out here “moving it”. Exercising.

It doesn’t take very much investigative digging to find the benefits of exercising. You see it on the list of ways to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, maintain good health, build self –esteem, increase immunity, lose weight, lower anxiety, improve sleep, inrease alertness and mental sharpness…the list goes on and on!

All these people had tapped into one of the greatest secrets around. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.  But the key is, no matter what your body type – move it.  You deserve the benefits!

Resiliency – Part 3

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

As mentioned in my previous blog, resiliency is on the radar of several organizations. Late last summer, the CDC’s Office of Health and Safety (OHS) released an announcement (Aug 21, 2009) discussing the importance of resiliency, and provided some additional information;

Most of us are pretty good at demonstrating resiliency at home, at work, with our colleagues, and with our lived ones. But when our workloads increase, when we experience major changes at home or work, or when family pressures build up, our sleep or nutrition can be affected and exercise can drop off our regular schedule.

Another major organization that is now heavily invested in resiliency awareness and training is the U.S. Army. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, has formed a specific program called, the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program, to deal with resiliency. “It is one of the most important programs the Army has introduced in many years, and focuses on Building Resilient Soldiers, Families and Civilians”. The Army plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in emotional resiliency. The training, the first of its kind in the military, is meant to improve performance in combat and head off the mental health problems, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, that plague about one-fifth of troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Active-duty soldiers, reservists and members of the National Guard will receive the training, which will also be available to their family members and to civilian employees. The programs Director is Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, who is herself an excellent example of someone who has overcome adversity.

As a commissioned officer with a Ph.D. in nutrition and biochemistry, and M.D., she was assigned as the flight for an Attack Helicopter Battalion in the first Gulf War. During the last week of February 1991, while performing a search and rescue mission for a downed Air Force F-16 pilot, her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down. Five of the eight-person crew were killed. The three survivors, including Cornum, were captured by Iragi forces. She was repatriated on March 6, 1991. “Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after adversity,” Cornum said, “or it’s the ability, for example, to see something as adverse, but not traumatic, or just perform better in all cases. The whole program is (intending) to train people better incrementally.”

Some of the accepted coping strategies for resiliency are; breathing deeply, church/religious activities, cooking, exercising, spending time in nature, attending support groups, talking to others. Volunteering, writing/journaling. Some of the negative coping strategies include; eating in excess or not enough, not talking about it, self-injurious behaviors, and withdrawing from others.

I’ll provide rationale for each of these coping strategies in my next blog.

Resiliency – Part 2

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The American Heritage College Dictionary defines resiliency as – the ability to recover quickly from illness, change or misfortune. Their definition also provides an additional one-word helper to that definition “buoyancy”. Now that’s a visual many of us can understand! Like a buoy that gets battered around by the ocean waves, but stays afloat. It might even get hit or run over by boats, but doesn’t’ sink.

Many of us are very good at demonstrating our resiliency at work, at home, or with our family and friends. But when our workloads weigh us down, or we have changes in our professional or personal lives, we may experience physical and emotional stress. This stress takes the form of headaches, increased irritability or the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Many organizations have recognized the need to provide EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) to help their employees deal with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual impact of stress. Clearly, a stressed employee is not a productive employee. A worker who is overwhelmed with family pressures, or the lack of sleep, will negatively impact the organization. More about resilience in my next blog.

Two New Ways to Shop!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

We wanted to make shopping with Weber Associates just a little bit easier on our great customers, so there are now 2 new ways to pay: PayPal and Google Checkout.

Simply go shopping as usual and add items to your cart. When you are ready to checkout, just click on “View Cart” at the top right of our website to verify your selections. From there, you can checkout as normal on our online store, or you can select from the two new options PayPal and Google Checkout.

PayPal

Google Checkout

Thank you for being such amazing customers! We hope these two new payment methods improve your shopping experience with us! We aim to make that experience the most efficient it can be, so that you can get back to the rest of your to-do list. After all, Time Management is what we do!