Wellness Wednesday Issue #6

The Assist Newsletter
February 8, 2023
Wellness Wednesday

”Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed


How to keep calm and carry on (to your next job)


It’s okay to feel down in the dumps after being laid off or being in between jobs, but let’s not let it turn into a pity party that lasts for weeks (or months).

Here are some actionable steps you can take to keep your mental wellness in check after a job loss:

First things first, give yourself permission to grieve the loss of your job. Cry if you need to, eat that pint of ice cream, and let yourself feel the feels. But don’t linger too long in this stage.

Take a break from the constant job search and give yourself some “me time.” Whether it’s reading a book, taking a yoga class, or just lounging in bed, do something that brings you joy and helps you relax.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Talk to a therapist or counselor, or even a friend or family member. It’s important to have a support system during this time.

Stay active, both physically and mentally. Exercise, eat well, and try to keep a routine. This can help with maintaining a sense of normalcy and control.

Last but not least, remind yourself that this is just a temporary setback. You got this! And remember, it’s not a reflection of your worth as a person, it’s just a situation that can happen to anyone.

Take care of yourself, stay positive and keep moving forward. With the right mindset, you’ll come out stronger on the other side.


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It’s International Vegan Cuisine Month


Ladies and gents, are you ready for the ultimate two-for-one deal? Going vegan is like buying one, and getting one free. Not only will you be doing wonders for your health by chowing down on plant-based meals, but you’ll also be saving the planet one bite at a time.

A plant-based diet is high in nutrients and low in saturated fat, which can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It can also aid weight loss, improve digestion, and boost energy levels.

Going vegan also has a much smaller environmental impact than a diet that includes animal products. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing plant-based options, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the planet.

Did we mention that veganism is also more economical? Plant-based food options are often cheaper and more readily available, which can make it more accessible to a wider range of people.

So, even if you don’t go completely vegan (we know it’s hard!) perhaps consider adding more plant-based meals in your weekly rotation.

👩‍🍳 Get vegan meal recipes for inspo here.
🌎 Read more about the positive impact of veganism on the environment.
💪 But, what about getting enough protein on a vegan diet?


Birth control that works with your body’s natural rhythms


Natural Cycles

Tired of feeling like a walking science experiment with all the hormones and side effects that come with traditional birth control? Natural Cycles has got you covered.

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  • Prescription-free, 100% hormone-free, and tailored to fit each individual.
  • Clinical evidence shows that typical usage is 93% effective, while perfect usage is 98% effective.
  • They keep your data private and secure. While some fertility apps make money from selling data for advertising, Natural Cycles never has — and we never will.

Don’t let synthetic hormones rule your life, take control with Natural Cycles


Create a trauma-informed workplace


Let’s talk about something serious for a moment: trauma. It’s a word we don’t like to hear, but unfortunately, it’s a part of life. But here’s the good news — you can create a workplace culture that supports and cares for your employees who have experienced traumatic events. And that’s where trauma-informed practices come in.

Trauma-informed practices are all about creating a supportive and understanding environment. It’s about recognizing the impact of trauma and making necessary adjustments to support our employees. It’s about treating everyone with dignity and respect, and being aware of the potential triggers that may cause distress.

But it’s not all serious business, there are ways to make it fun and engaging. For example, instead of just handing out informational brochures, why not make a game out of it? Make a scavenger hunt where employees can learn about trauma-informed practices while having a good time.

Here are 3 additional ideas you can implement or at least get the ideas flowing:

“Lunch and Learn” series: Host a series of lunchtime workshops where employees can learn about trauma-informed practices and how to implement them in the workplace. Each session could cover a different topic, such as understanding triggers, creating a safe space, and self-care.

“Trauma-informed Art Therapy”: Offer an art therapy session for employees where they can express their feelings and emotions related to trauma in a creative and safe environment.

“Trauma-informed Team Building”: Incorporate trauma-informed practices into team building activities, such as active listening exercises, empathy and boundaries setting exercises, and scenarios simulations, which will help employees to understand and support each other better.


🌹 Rose, Bud, Thorn


Kick off your next meeting or team huddle with this tried and true icebreaker.

Ask each person to share the following:
  • A Rose: something positive that happened to them this week
  • A Bud: something that they’re looking forward to.
  • A Thorn: something that’s been challenging them this week.


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