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News You Can Use - April 2015

Information and tips to help you live healthier and happier


Winning At the Job/Family Challenge

Crossroad photoExperts in the fields of psychology and personal effectiveness report that if you feel harried, frazzled, fragmented, or just plain uneasy about your lack of personal time, it's not only because you have too much to do. It's because you're not satisfied with most of what you do.

According to renowned leadership authority and teacher, Stephen Covey, Ph.D., the unsettling feeling so many people have – the dissatisfaction with our lives – exists because we are not spending enough time on the things that are most important to us. The key to living a meaningful life, Covey says, begins with determining what is most important in your life and then aligning the choices you make every day with those things you've determined as most important. Additionally, we need to shift our mindset from simply responding to what's "urgent," to a mindset of knowing and doing what is most important in our lives.

First things first: Determine what is most important in your life. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What is most important?
  • What gives your life meaning?
  • What do you want to be and do in your life?

"Clarity on these issues is critical," Covey explains, "because it affects everything else in your life – the goals you set, the decisions you make, the way you spend your time."

The need for balance

Maintaining balance in your life is vitally important to your happiness, success and health. Identifying and evaluating the various roles you play in your life and attaching a level of priority to each is another important step toward making more intelligent decisions on where to put your time and energy. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can success in one area of your life compensate for failure in another?
  • Can success in your profession compensate for a broken marriage or ruined health?
  • Can success in the community justify your failure as a parent?


Employee Assistance Program Services

Employee Assistance Program symbolThe Broward County Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Broward County Government employees and their families to assist with most personal problems affecting the quality of life at home or on the job at no charge. Participation in the program is voluntary and completely confidential. Licensed professionals can assist you with:

  • Family problems
  • Work conflicts
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Financial problems
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety

Call for a free and confidential appointment or more information at 954-357-5600 or email at eap@broward.org. Additional information on our services is also available at Broward.org/HumanResources/EAP.


Copyright © 2015 Healthy Exchange. This newsletter is not intended to provide medical advice on personal wellness matters, which should be obtained directly from your physician.


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