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Mind & Matter



In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. When we carve out leisure time, we’re more likely to “zone out” in front of the TV or computer than engage in fun, rejuvenating play like we did as children. But play is not just essential for kids; it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well.

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Clarity . Connection . Comfort

Get the Sleep You Need Now!

The pandemic has disrupted many areas of our lives over the last year and those disruptions persist as many of us continue to work remotely or in a hybrid fashion. Interruptions to our daily routines, working longer or irregular hours, and having unclear boundaries between work and home have created environments filled with worry, anxiety, and fear. Learn 10 tips to improve your chances of getting a good night's sleep.

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Mental Health Corner

The Advantages of Self-Reflection

Personal reflection or self-reflection is a wonderful resource that is available to everyone. It can support you in all aspects of life, from working toward personal and professional goals to making important life and work decisions. Many use personal reflection without even thinking about it, running through past experiences to see what worked and what didn’t, reconsidering the circumstances, along with thoughts and feelings, from a fresh perspective. Learn how to explore your life from a place of curiosity rather than criticism.

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Guest Article

This Writing Well

Creative writing is an integrative tool in art therapy that brings powerful skills of self-expression and radical listening into medical settings to support all those who seek and deliver healthcare. Learn about "This Writing Well," a poet-in-residency program at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The community-oriented project is led by Elia Khalaf, creative arts psychotherapist at Sylvester, in collaboration with featured poet-in-residence, Melanie Almeder, professor, writer, and cancer survivor.

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Step into a Noise Detox

Disconnect. Turn off everything – your phone, computer, and television. Anything that hums, beeps or rings.

Give yourself some space. Solitude is a powerful aid to silence. Being on your own gives your brain a rest from constant distractions.

Daydream or mind travel. Silence gives your mind clarity and without any disruptions, you can think far more deeply. Use it to go have an adventure, or else solve a problem that has been bothering you.

Be thankful for who you are and what you have. By giving yourself this time of silent reflection, use it to focus on the positive elements of your life.

Focus your mind on the moment. What sounds can you hear? A chorus of birdsongs? Insects? The wind sweeping through the trees? You will find that you end up hearing far more by learning to embrace silence.

Source: Breathe Special Edition “Quiet, please


Did You Know?

University of Miami employees may attend FSAP sessions on administrative time

University of Miami faculty, staff and retirees, as well as, their domestic partners, spouses and dependents are able to meet with Employee Assistance Professionals free of charge. UM faculty and staff may use administrative leave (reference policy) to attend consultation sessions. Arrange a one-to-one consultation session with a Florida licensed EAP professional.

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Virtual Wellness Webinars

(30 Minutes)

Is the “Quarantine 15” Myth or Reality? The real facts about COVID 19 and OBESITY

This webinar will review some of the major concerns regarding COVID 19, metabolic health and the types of things individuals can do to reduce adverse outcomes from COVID. Our facilitator is the distinguished professor, Dr Arlette Perry, chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department.

50 Pure Wellness points

Tuesday, June 8, 1 PM

(1 hour)

We Can Dance

Dance/Movement Therapy uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. Rhythmic group activities in dance/movement therapy develop connection, communication, and community with others. Join us to reduce stress, manage moods and prevent disease.

100 Pure Wellness points

Tuesday, June 15, noon

Tuesday, June 15, 6 PM


Quote by Which to Live

"Purpose, joy and inner peace are the only status symbols worth having.”

— Anthony St. Maarten



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