Wellness Wednesday Issue #30

The Assist Newsletter
July 25, 2023
Wellness Wednesday

“Don’t focus on the pain. Focus on the progress.” — Dwayne Johnson


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Embracing the Power of Support


Extending a helping hand and heartfelt encouragement to all the new moms out there, because no superhero journey should be tackled alone. If you have a friend, family member, or colleague who has recently welcomed a little bundle of joy, here are some ways you can lend a helping hand and make their journey a little smoother:

Offer a Listening Ear: Sometimes, new moms just need someone to vent to or share their joys and challenges. Be that supportive friend who listens without judgment and offers a shoulder to lean on.

Be a Mealtime Hero: Prepare and deliver nutritious meals or organize a meal train to take the burden off meal planning and cooking. Trust us, those preoccupied baby hands can make meal prep a wild adventure!

Check out this list of meals and this other list for meal ideas.

Babysitting Bliss: Offer to babysit for a few hours so the new mom can have some well-deserved “me time.” A solo trip to the grocery store or a blissful nap can work wonders for restoring sanity.

Words of Encouragement: Send a thoughtful note or care package filled with encouraging messages, relaxation goodies, and self-care essentials. A little reminder that they’re doing an amazing job can make all the difference.

Practical Support: Offer assistance with household chores, errands, or even baby-related tasks like organizing the nursery. Sometimes, it’s the little things that add up and become overwhelming for new moms.

Remember, every mom’s journey is unique, so be sensitive to her needs and respect her boundaries. Your support, understanding, and kindness will be a priceless gift during this special time.

If you are a new mom, here are some resources that might help you:

As a reminder for new moms, remember to be gentle with yourself. It’s okay to ask for help, take breaks, and prioritize self-care. You deserve moments of rest and rejuvenation to recharge your spirit. You are doing an incredible job, and your little one is so lucky to have you.


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Sunshine Secrets

Did you know that catching some rays can actually help you catch some Z’s? That’s right—sun exposure and vitamin D play a fascinating role in improving the quality of your sleep.

☀️ Vitamin D: Did you know that apart from regulating sleep patterns, vitamin D also plays a vital role in supporting your immune system and bone health? So, catching some rays not only enhances your sleep but also boosts your overall well-being.

Circadian Rhythm Harmony: Exposure to natural light during the morning hours is especially potent in resetting your circadian rhythm. This synchronization helps you wake up feeling more refreshed and energized.

🌈 Mood Elevation: Sunlight triggers the release of endorphins in the brain, those delightful chemicals responsible for elevating your mood. A happier mind during the day often translates to a more tranquil mind at bedtime.

💤 Deeper Slumber: Studies suggest that people who regularly spend time outdoors in natural light tend to experience deeper and more restorative sleep, resulting in greater alertness and productivity during the day.

🌙 Night Shift Reset: If you work night shifts or experience jet lag, exposing yourself to bright sunlight after waking up can help reorient your body clock and adapt to your new sleep schedule.

☝️ Remember, while the sun offers numerous sleep benefits, moderation is key.

Avoid overexposure to sunlight, especially during peak hours when the sun’s rays are most intense, to safeguard your skin health.


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Fueling Collaboration and Connection


We believe that fostering a sense of community and shared interests can lead to a happier and more engaged team. Clubs at work provide an avenue for employees to come together, explore their passions, and build meaningful connections beyond their daily tasks. Here are some ideas of clubs you can launch at work:
  1. Book Club: Create a space for employees to discuss and explore different books. Each month, select a book to read and hold regular meetings to discuss themes, characters, and share recommendations.
  2. Wellness Club: Focus on promoting physical and mental well-being in the workplace. Organize activities such as group workouts, yoga sessions, mindfulness workshops, and share tips and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. (Can also be more specific like a Running Club or Yoga Club, etc.).
  3. Diversity and Inclusion Club: Foster a more inclusive and diverse workplace by launching a club that promotes awareness, education, and dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Organize events, workshops, and discussions to create a more inclusive environment.
  4. Volunteer Club: Engage in meaningful community service by establishing a volunteer club. Identify local organizations or causes to support and organize volunteer events or fundraising activities that align with your team’s values.
  5. Foodie Club: Bring together employees who share a passion for cooking or enjoy exploring different cuisines. Organize cooking demonstrations, potluck events, and share recipes and culinary tips with fellow food enthusiasts.


Summer Word Search


Print out this Summer Word Search or send to your team to do online as a team! See who can find all the words first.


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