Wellness Wednesday Webinars

ESP's Wellness Wednesday Webinar series has been updated with a new batch of timely topics as our personal and professional lives continue to change. There is continued need for employees to focus on self-care, wellness, and compassion as we transition to a "new normal" and these webinars are designed to support you in that process.

All webinars are offered for State of Michigan employees through a Teams Live Event without the need for appointments or registration. Webinar topics will change weekly with the exception of the first webinar of the month which is an hour long and more comprehensive.

Each webinar below links directly to the live event in Microsoft Teams. Click the appropriate link at the starting time to attend; no registration or sign-up required.

  • Moving Forward: Excitement, Concerns, and Challenges Wednesday, July 7: 11:30 - 12:30
    • As we begin to move towards a post-pandemic workplace and resume activities that have been halted for more than a year, there may be mixed feelings and concerns. This webinar will focus on gaining insight into the variety of reactions that may be present. It will also provide coping tips and strategies to help manage related stress and positively adjust to moving forward.
  • Managing Anxiety-Building Resilience Wednesday, July 14: 1:00 - 1:30
    • For more than a year, we have been trying to stay safe through social distancing and this has meant reduced contact with others, fewer activities, remote work for many, and even isolation for some. With that, it is understandable that resuming social interaction or returning to the workplace may trigger anxiety for many. This webinar will help you better understand anxiety, learn methods for reducing it, and how to build resilience for the future.
  • Mindfulness During Change and Uncertainty Wednesday, July 21: 11:30 - 12:00
    • In times of uncertainty, we often focus on future unknowns and fears or dwell on past disappointments. In this interactive webinar participants will learn how mindfulness practice can help you feel calmer and more peaceful during times of increased uncertainty and also be led through three different mindfulness exercises.
  • Navigating Communication in the New Workplace Wednesday, July 28: 1:00 - 1:30
    • Communication in the workplace has never been as challenging as it is today. With a blend of in-office, remote, and hybrid work schedules, constant change, and the discussion of potentially divisive topics and issues, it is vital that we communicate kindly and productively. This webinar will help identify current communication hurdles and teach methods that can lead to more effective and positive workplace communication.
  • Moving Forward: Excitement, Concerns, and Challenges for Managers - Wednesday, August 4: 11:30 - 12:30
    • As we continue to move towards a post-pandemic workplace and resume activities that have been halted for more than a year, there may be mixed feelings and concerns. This webinar will focus on helping managers gain insight into the variety of reactions that may be present and provide tips and strategies for assisting your team with moving forward.
  • Parenting Beyond COVID-19:  What do we do now?  - Wednesday, August 11: 1:00 - 1:30
    • Many parents have found themselves wondering how their children are navigating the pandemic both socially and academically. Parents have questioned if their child's behavior is normal during this time and have wondered how to continue support them. In this session, we will review strategies and resources to assist with the challenges of parenting as we move through and beyond COVID-19.
  • Practicing Mindfulness to Support Wellness - Wednesday, August 18: 11:30 - 12:00
    • A very important aspect of overall wellness is having regular time and attention devoted to managing stress. Mindfulness techniques are a proven method for decreasing stress levels and improving overall wellness. In this interactive webinar, participants will be led through three different mindfulness exercises and learn how practicing mindfulness can benefit both physical and mental health.
  • Prioritizing Self-Care and Stress Management -Wednesday, August 25: 1:00 - 1:30
    • It is important to actively practice self-care with stress management techniques during changing and stressful times, but we don't always do so. This webinar will help you understand the importance of prioritizing self-care, gain insight into what gets in the way of self-prioritization, provide a simple approach to stress management planning, and highlight available resources.

If you missed a webinar or want to rewatch one you attended, be sure to check out the Wellness Wednesday Webinars Recordings webpage.

If you have never attended a Teams Live Event, view this document on Attending Teams Live Events.

For additional information or questions, please contact ESP at 800-521-1377 or email at MCSC-ESP@michigan.gov.