05/27/2020|Inside Verizon

Clear minds. Full hearts. Good news.

By: Chris Serico
Manager - Employee Communications

V Teamers and thought leaders show us new ways to Reset Your Mindset.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but as we know, wellness is a year-round work in progress. Last week, we explored Verizon’s many mental-health resources, from Wellness Fridays on Up To Speed Live to the Daily Doses of physical and mental well-being on our social channels.

Then it was your turn to give us inner peace — or at least some tips and inspiration — by sharing your own mental-health updates.

  • Gennie Barr, a senior manager for Network Assurance in Pleasanton, CA, replaced the time she had spent on her daily commute with an early morning walk that wakes her up and clears her mind.
  • Cary Watson from Human Resources in Basking Ridge, NJ, has embraced solo distancing through her regular home workouts and virtual connections with friends. She feels better, physically and mentally, than she has in years. As a bonus, she’s proud to have lost 20 pounds. Go, Cary!
  • To maintain morale and promote wellness, Nancy Parenteau, an engineer from Westborough, MA, introduced the idea for her small-cell real estate team to virtually celebrate their themed Wednesdays. Getting over hump day has never been so easy!

In addition to sending us your fantastic mental-health updates, we’ve discovered some powerful medicine for the mind via Verizon Media’s “Reset Your Mindset” series. Kicking off last Wednesday on Yahoo Life, the series has featured live-streamed wellness discussions with entertainment, health and business thought-leaders. Among the celebrity guests, Olympic legend Michael Phelps shared insights on mental-health solutions. “When you reset your focus,” Michael said, “you’re just almost taking a step back, taking a deep breath and then starting a new journey again.”

And following a wildly popular April 3 episode of Up To Speed: Live, our own Guru Gowrappan reconnected with Deepak Chopra for additional insights to help our daily lives. When Guru asked if there’s a shortcut or quick fix to feeling our best, Deepak replied, "Yes. The shortcut is: Be here now." Mark that down as another benefit to being totally present to the present-moment experience.

Later, Deepak added, “Every time that you don’t feel better, ask yourself, who am I thinking about? And it will be about you. The moment you shift your attention to somebody else with love — and say, ‘How can I help?’ — you’ll feel better instantly.”

Day two of “Reset Your Mindset” starts today at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT on Yahoo Finance, offering leadership insights from industry thought-leaders like Mark Cuban and Christina Stembel from Farmgirl Flowers.

For even more resources for your wellness, visit VZWeb or The Street.

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About the author:

Chris is a member of the Verizon Public Relations team and a contributor to Up To Speed. When he's not singing a cappella or quoting vintage episodes of "The Simpsons," please give him all your burgers.

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