November 29, 2018
Just about everybody goes through stressful times at work. Projects pile up, you stay late and take work home with you — but the flow of emails doesn’t slow down. When this becomes the norm, it’s time to re-evaluate your work-life balance — and make some healthy changes to avoid burnout and renew your spirit.
Here are the telltale signs that your work-life balance isn’t really balanced.
- You stop taking care of your body >> You’re staying up too late or having trouble staying asleep. You’re sitting all day and not exercising. You’re getting most of your food from a vending machine or drive-thru window — or not eating at all. You have a nagging pain or health concern but don’t feel like you have time to go to the doctor.
- Your mental health is going downhill >> You’ve started noticing signs of anxiety or depression or you’re feeling angry or irritable. You may even experience dread, restlessness, hopelessness, panic attacks, or mood swings.
- You just don’t care anymore >> Your work no longer feels meaningful. You don’t feel connected to your colleagues or customers. You’re just going through the motions.
- You feel incompetent >> No matter what you do, it feels like it’s never enough. You’re always behind and the quality of your work may suffer. You worry constantly about your job performance. You fear (but maybe also secretly fantasize about) being fired.
- There are no clear boundaries between work and home >> You’re working longer and longer hours. You can’t take time off without getting calls, texts and emails from work. You feel like you have to be available around the clock.
- You’re lonely >> Although you may have people around all the time and you’re constantly connected electronically, you no longer have the time or energy for meaningful interactions with family or friends. Your relationships begin to suffer.
Here’s how to re-align your life.
If any of this sounds familiar, don’t despair. Psychologist Amy Sullivan, PsyD, offers the following tips for taking control and getting things back in balance.
- Disconnect when you’re at home. “Put down the phone,” Dr. Sullivan says. “We don’t need to be available 24/7.” Constantly checking and responding to texts and emails raises stress levels, makes it difficult to connect with family members and negatively affects your sleep.
- Be more efficient at work. Focus on one task at a time and keep working on it until it’s complete. Don’t try to multitask. Close your email and turn off your phone when possible to minimize distractions. “If we’re efficient we finish our work, and then we’re able to go home and spend time with our family,” Dr. Sullivan says.
- Prioritize self-care. Make a decision to set aside time for exercise. Choose and plan for nutritious meals and quality time with friends and family. Make those things non-negotiable in your schedule.
- Get professional help. If the stress is really getting to you and impacting your mental health, don’t hesitate to talk to a therapist. Many employers offer employee assistance programs that can connect you with a mental health professional who has experience helping people manage their stress.
Although hard work is prized in our culture, you don’t have to let your job take over your life. It’s OK — and necessary — to take care of yourself first.
October 31, 2018
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33
October 10, 2018
YMCA members will receive discounted admission at the University of Evansville Men’s soccer match vs. Drake this Saturday (10/13/18) at 5PM. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth (17 & under) and seniors (65 & over). Simply show your YMCA member card to receive discount.
October 2, 2018
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
– Psalm 46:10
September 13, 2018
Play SilverSneakers Activity BINGO » September 17 – October 14
It’s free and easy to play. Visit the front desk for your BINGO card, and complete your activities anytime Sept 17 – Oct 14. The front desk will keep track of your BINGO card. Each activity completed between Sept 17 – Oct 14 receives a star. Limit one star awarded per day per person. All squares must be complete to have BINGO.
Activities to get BINGO include:
- Have a cup of coffee in the lobby
- Take a group exercise class
- Make a new friend at the Y
- Visit our Wellness area
- Recite the Scripture of the Month
- Try a new activity at the Y
- Swim in the pool
- Visit BOTH of our locations
Players that have BINGO are entered to win:
- Golf Gift Bag (includes a foursome to Cambridge, 2x golf umbrellas, 2x golf towels, 2x sleeves of golf balls, and 2x Tervis tumblers)
- $25 Starbucks gift card
- $50 Cracker Barrel gift card
SilverSneakers Activity BINGO concludes with a special Brunch & BINGO celebration event on OCTOBER 17th!
Visit either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCA on October 17th from 10AM – 12PM for a day of food, fun, and fellowship. Enjoy good food, great friends and play some traditional (but free!) BINGO for even more prizes like YMCA swag, gift cards to Subway or Walmart, and much more.
September 2, 2018
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
August 29, 2018
The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana and St. Vincent announced a new level to their ongoing partnership today. St. Vincent will lease approximately 10,000 square feet of the new Downtown YMCA building, which is set for completion in August 2019.
The two organizations have previously partnered on multiple programs focused on chronic disease management and overall well-being such as the LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program. The LiveSTRONG program addresses the health and well-being for cancer survivors by providing support and guidance to help rebuild and gain strength. The program has helped nearly 60 people in the community since it began in 2016.
This partnership will give the growing downtown Evansville market more convenient access to St. Vincent primary care and outpatient physical therapy services and complement St. Vincent’s community-wide network of locations.
“St. Vincent is proud to partner with such a strong and important community organization as the YMCA,” said Dan Parod, President, St. Vincent Southwest Indiana. “We believe having a health care and wellness facility under one roof will provide access to programs and services designed to help improve the overall health of our patients, YMCA members and the entire community.”
This new space that will be occupied by St. Vincent will be in addition to previously released plans for the building. The YMCA will maintain all of the wellness amenities previously reported including a pool, multiple gyms, wellness area, multiple group exercise rooms, STEM Lab, Teaching Kitchen, expanded Child Watch and Youth Activity areas, and a dedicated Enrichment Center.
“Both the YMCA and St. Vincent have a long history of supporting people from all walks of life to live better and lift up one another for a healthier community. This is a wonderful example of two strong faith-based organizations coming together to better the community through wellness,” said Jim Sandgren, Current St. Vincent Evansville Board Chair and Past YMCA Board President.
Funding for the building project has multiple sources including a grant from the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative, new market tax credits, and a multi-million-dollar capital campaign. In addition to the leased space, St. Vincent has made the lead gift to the YMCA’s capital campaign. In recognition of this gift, the new building will be named the St. Vincent Evansville YMCA.
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana CEO, Derrick Stewart states, “We are grateful that St. Vincent understands the impact of the YMCA and is willing to make a significant investment in achieving our vision for a new facility and we are honored to name the branch in recognition of their support.”
August 8, 2018
The Westfield Insurance Foundation has donated $9,000 to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana’s Annual Campaign, which helps fund Outreach Programs for at-risk youth in the community.
The money will help fund the YMCA’s College and Career Readiness Program, which serves 250 students each school year. The program is currently offered at six local schools including Caze, Fairlawn, McGary, Delaware, Evans, and North Junior High School. The program allows students to research careers, visit college campuses, and tour local businesses to learn about jobs they might have some day in our community. The curriculum provides hands-on opportunities for students to learn about jobs they will then see first-hand on a weekly field trip.
Each year, Westfield Trilogy and Horizon independent agents are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program through the Westfield Insurance Foundation. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety, and programs that invest in attracting and developing talent to insurance as a career. Local partners Heston Insurance Company, ONI Risk Partners, and Shepherd Insurance nominated the YMCA for the program.
Dave Abbott, owner of Heston Insurance states, “As an agency partner, we’re in this together. This program is an extension of the role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities, and we believe that our local YMCA’s mission aligns with that vision given its impact on youth, families, and our community.”
This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than $500,000 to neighborhoods across the country. Agents from 88 agencies in 17 states donated to 95 nonprofits.
August 6, 2018
We’re celebrating our Y family on Saturday, August 25th as the Evansville Otters take on the River City Rascals. FREE tickets are available to all YMCA members, staff, and volunteers at the front desk at either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCAs.
August 5, 2018
We had so many people support us by running/walking in the 5K/10K on Saturday, August 4th. Thank you to everyone that participated and to all the volunteers that helped make it happen. Check out the race results »