WOW! 2021 - Refocusing on You
The modern world is fast-paced and demanding. In order to take care of our community, families and patients we must take care of ourselves. When we are happy and healthy, we are engaged, productive, more creative and innovative - key attributes to wellbeing.
Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” Wellbeing is different for everyone, whether it's practicing meditation, becoming more active, focusing on work/life balance, increasing fruit and vegetable intake, working towards a balanced eating pattern, or spending time with family. Making wellbeing a priority is the first step to living your best life at home and at work. Our WOW! mission is to support MaineHealth employees on their wellness journey by implementing tools and programs designed to meet the needs of employees at different points in their life.
Wellbeing starts with recognizing that our behaviors have a significant impact on our health and wellness. Adopting healthy habits such as adequate sleep, balanced diet, and movement, and avoiding destructive habits such as tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, leads to optimal wellbeing. Be sure to explore WOW! programs on this webpage, tips, tools, challenges, and events to help you explore the dimensions of wellbeing.
Consider using the COVID Coach!
This dynamic, free, easy to use mobile application was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2020 and is available to everyone to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID Coach can support you with information to help you stay balanced, connected, safe, and healthy.
Look for signs of distress with our colleagues and in ourselves. There are a number support resources available, including:
- HealthAdvocate Employee Assistance Program - 866-799-2485 or visit members.healthadvocate.com (Enter: “MaineHealth”)
- 24/7 Statewide Crisis Line 888-568-1112
- 24/7 Peer Support Warm line 866-771-9276
- 24/7 Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
- Maine Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline 866-83-4HELP (866-843-4357)
- Teen Text Support Line 207-515-8398 (TEXT)
- 211 and 211maine.org
- Disaster Distress Helpline: free, 24/7 support by calling 800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
- Free, confidential Frontline Warmline for health care workers and first responders: support 8am-8pm 7 days a week call 207-221-8196.