For Your Wellbeing
Benovate aims to transform how we interact with health care and redefine “good health.” We believe in an individualized and holistic approach including physical, emotional, social and financial.
For Benovate members, our blog features topics to encourage transformation though managing the ups and downs of life. For our partners, we include discussions on health engagement and ideas to fix a broken health system. We’re building an approach that works for every entity and every person. Join us along the way.
This is going to sound counter-intuitive, but hear us out: allowing employees to work for other organizations will make them better employees.
Springtime is a period of regeneration for all living things. As perennial plants and trees begin to wake up from a long cold winter, our minds and bodies do the same. In some places, like Benovate’s Minnesota residence, the changing of the seasons is especially apparent. In others, the change may not be as harsh, but regardless of where you are at, the changing of the seasons can have an effect on everyone, internally and externally.
Minnesota winters might be notoriously rough, but at least they serve to make the other seasons look amazing in comparison. Spring is the natural comparison. We’ve spent all winter cooped up in a white, austere setting. It’s only natural that the first signs of spring--flower buds, tufts of green in lawn, earlier sunrises/later sunsets--tend to also awaken our inner sense of wanderlust.
Stress is a major component to health in the modern world. This isn’t to say that people in medieval times or the Roaring Twenties weren’t stressed; it’s just that we are now able to see how it can contribute to illnesses like depression, stomach disorders, headaches, and more. April is Stress Awareness Month. Learning how stress works--what triggers it and how to combat it--is key to being able to move through it effectively.
Spring is upon us, giving us the opportunity to shed some of those nasty winter habits along with the big winter coats. As flowers begin blooming, birds start chirping, and sun shines later, it’s a natural transition to getting a fresh start on some healthy habits we’ve been thinking about wanting to pick up. Check out some of our favorite tips for recharging mind and body this spring, courtesy of U.S. News.
Trends around productivity are a little dubious. What works for one person might not work for another, and it’s practically impossible to design a style that will work for absolutely everyone. Just look at office design; the open concept space allows some people to feed off the group energy, but others need some element of privacy and quiet to focus.
Financial stress is real, and it affects more people than you might think. CNN reports that 76% of households live paycheck-to-paycheck. Combined with growing credit card debt, many people are living beyond their means. It’s no wonder that 71% of the population cites money troubles as a major source of stress. And that stress bleeds over into relationships, emotional states, and other areas of life.
Daylight savings time is a complicated issue. Ben Franklin proposed it a few hundred years ago, and the fact that we still adhere to it (well, most of the United States does) can be disagreeable by some. It’s not uncommon to overhear discussions around how relevant it is in today’s day and age the impact it can have on areas of life such as relationships and mental health.
We’ve posted blog posts before about how our culture of busy is worn like a badge of honor. Hand in hand with that sentiment is lack of sleep. Whether it’s staying up late, getting up early, or just not sleeping well, being tired is practically endemic. There are a few clear culprits stopping us from getting eight hours of shut-eye every night--blue light from cell phones, TVs, and other electronics is probably the most common--but there are other lifestyle factors, too.
Regardless of your new year’s resolutions, there’s always something to strive towards when it comes to your career. We all have ideas of where we want to be in a year. Or five years. Or ten years. But building out a long-term plan isn’t easiest thing, and putting timeframes on things can feel like undue pressure. That’s why we’re recommending setting career goals.