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Employee Wellness at NSU

Education. Support. Empowerment. These three components are critical to the success of the Employee Wellness Program as we endeavor to help the NSU Community make healthy lifestyle choices while taking a proactive approach to personal well-being.

The Employee Wellness Program provides resources and educational opportunities focused on the complete integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical well-being are all considered in our holistic approach to wellness.

Visit NSU HR Wellness for more information

Online Tools

Wellbeing Apps

Breathe 2 Relax
Smartphone app with instructions and exercises for deep breathing and other stress reduction

Happify
A brain-training app that helps combat negativity, anxiety, and stress

Pacifica
Smartphone app with daily anti-anxiety exercises and mood tracker

Headspace 
App that provides a series of guided meditation and mindfulness practices

Lasting: Marriage Health App
Lastingis your personal marriage health plan, free for iPhone and Android. Think of it as a "gym" for your marriage. Based on years of marriage research, the program is designed to grow and maintain your marriage health.

PTSD Coach
With you when you need it, PTSD coach is a free app that can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

Books

The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits
Author: Richard A. Swenson, MD

Amazon.com Description

Anyone living in today’s society knows the struggle of trying to handle busyness. You feel tired, stressed, and burned out. These symptoms are signs that you’re suffering from the Overload Syndrome. This book of the same name examines where overload comes from and what it can lead to, while offering prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal. Find the secrets of time management while examining your priorities and seeking God’s will.

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
Author: Richard A. Swenson, MD

Amazon.com Description

Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by. This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose.

The Resilient Physician: A Pocket Guide to Stress Management
Author: John D. Kelly IV

Amazon.com Description

Written by a veteran clinician for medical practitioners of all disciplines and levels of experience, this concise pocket guide presents a frank discussion about facilitating resiliency in the face of the personal and professional challenges of a medical career. Furthermore, it provides proven techniques and suggestions for stress management aimed at the maintenance of a more successful practice and peaceful life.

First defining and elucidating the problems of stress plaguing the field, including burnout, substance abuse and suicide, the bulk of the book presents and discusses ways to combat and master the everyday stress of the "medical marriage," such as engaging in mindfulness training, learning to forgive oneself and others, listening to your own body, utilizing time away from medicine, and performing simple acts of kindness and gratitude. Issues surrounding the inevitability of mistakes, the pursuit of perfectionism, happiness and success are then examined and reflected upon, as are stress management considerations from other cultures and literary sources.

Equal parts personal and practical, The Resilient Physician is a must-have for any clinician or medical professional seeking better understanding and outcomes when handling the constant demands of this high-stress - but ultimately rewarding - career.

Physician Mental Health and Well-Being: Research and Practice (Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care) 1st ed.
Authors: Kirk J. Brower & Michelle B. Riba, Editors

Amazon.com Description

This book explores the important topic of mental health and related problems among physicians, including trainees. The all-too-common human response of “suffering in silence” and refusing to seek help for professional and personal issues has ramifications for physicians who work in safety-sensitive positions, where clear-headed judgment and proper action can save lives. Problems covered include burnout, disruptive and unprofessional behaviors, impaired performance, traumatic stress, addiction, depression and other mood disorders, and suicide.

The authors of this work include psychologists, psychiatrists, and other physicians who diagnose and treat a range of patients with stress-related syndromes. Among their patients are physicians who benefit greatly from education, support, coaching, and treatment.

The book's content is organized into three parts with interconnecting themes. Part I focuses on symptoms and how physicians’ problems manifest at the workplace. Part II discusses the disorders underlying the manifesting symptoms. Part III focuses on interventions at both the individual and organizational levels. The major themes investigated throughout the book are developmental aspects; mental health and wellbeing as a continuum; and the multifactorial contributions of individual, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural elements to physician health.

This book is intended for anyone who works with, provides support to, or professionally treats distressed physicians. It is also intended for healthcare leaders and organizations that are motivated to improve the experience of providing care and to change the culture of silence, such that seeking help and counsel become normal activities while minimizing stigma. By writing this book, the authors aim to outline effective pathways to well-being and a healthy work-life balance among physicians, so that they may provide optimal and safe care to their patients.

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