What Does It Mean to Be Fully Present in the Moment?

What does it mean to be fully present in the moment?

How about we all start by putting down the phone, closing our Facebook windows, pause the snapchats, and give me just a minute of your time…

Like most of us, we pack way too much into our days, we worry about things that haven’t happened yet, we multitask, run late, and end our days, weeks and years wondering where the time has gone. This doesn’t have to be your reality. This is not the point where I say that we should all become meditation guru’s, although the benefit of mediation helps tremendously. This is where we talk about being more mindful.

Did you know if we slowed down, offered ourselves more time in the day to think and just breathe consciously, it is scientifically proven that we reduce our heart rate, make better decisions and have fewer accidents. This act of being present might just be a key to a happier and healthier life.

So how do you start? Keep it simple, start by looking at your daily calendar and think about how you would like to show up for the day. Calm and relaxed, tried and stressed, running late and over caffeinated? Then pick ONE exercise you can do to be present: Turn off your phone, stop multitasking for 10 minutes, take a walk, don’t eat in front of any screens. These acts of slowing things down, even briefly, are proven to increase our endorphins and provide us more satisfaction and happiness. Now who doesn’t want that!

We encourage our team members who are looking for some support in starting their mental well-being journey or feeling overwhelmed with where to begin, to contact our employee assistance program called TMLR. TMLR (Team Member Life Resources) connects team members, their dependents and any household members with free, confidential support, including 5 free in-person counseling sessions.

At Target, we are working hard to help our team slow down, invest in their own well-being while being present in their time at work and at home. The more we support our team members to live their best lives the better we are as team Target!

Cheers to being present!

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I stopped looking for balance in my life and found my passion!

I am often asked how I am able to find balance in my life as a mother of two, a wife, a daughter and a full time Target team member. My answer: I am not looking for balance, I am looking to spend my time living out my passion. I am extremely fortunate; my career, my hobbies, and my family are all centered on my passion of improving the health and wellness of others, including my own health.

As a behavior health scientist and Head of Population Health for Target, I spend my day working on implementing policies, systems and environmental changes that make the healthy choices the default choices for all of our Target team members and their families. This means creating a culture at Target where team members know that Target cares about their health well-being & wants to meet all team members where they are at on their wellness journey; allowing them to live their fullest & best life.

My work allows me to stay current and engaged in the ever-evolving field of health & wellness. I then get to take that knowledge and provide best practice science-based initiatives to our team members so they can engage in our health and wellness offerings. Through this engagement we see that because team members are working to improve their own health they are more productive, present, happy and compassionate at work and at home.

All of this wellness work is done by some of the best teammates & colleagues I’ve ever had the honor of working alongside. My colleagues care about making healthy the best option, and because of this deep care for health, we challenge each other to walk our own talk, work to improve the social determinants of health, and can say we are helping to fuel the potential of our team members, guests and communities every day!

As for balance, I am not striving to find a balanced life anymore. I’m not sure that’s the best advice to give someone. Instead, I recommend that you live a life that is filled with your passion. In return, I can almost guarantee you that you will feel an abundant sense of gratitude, satisfaction & fulfillment in your life.

Be well. Live well. Live a life filled with your passion.

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Shoo, Flu

We have officially entered my favorite season – fall! I love fall for so many reasons: the weather, the return of football, the colors of the leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, and of course flu vaccines! Now, I don’t actually love getting the shot but I do love everything they do for our guests and our teams so I thought I would share a bit about it.

Influenza, more commonly called the flu, is a respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches and a runny or stuffy nose. The flu spreads when people cough or sneeze causing the bug to land on nearby people – gross! Flu illnesses typically peak in January or February and effect anywhere from 5% to 20% of the population. The Flu can cause lots of complications including sinus infections, ear infection, and pneumonia. Complications like these cause on average 200,000 Americans to be hospitalized each year and 3,000 to 49,000 deaths – now that’s serious!

The good news is we have a seriously good way of preventing the flu from getting you – the flu shot! According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent getting the flu and the CDC recommends that EVERYONE 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine. Even better news? You can get your flu shot at your nearby Target Pharmacy or Target Clinic- talk about convenient.  Target also offers several different vaccine options in addition to the traditional flu shot including a nasal mist, micro needle, preservative free, and high dose. Our Target clinicians and Target pharmacists are psyched about flu shot season and are ready to help our guests make the best choice for them.

Our pharmacy and clinic teams have been hard at work protecting our guests with flu vaccines for about a month now and they have given 150,000 shots already! But we don’t just want our guests to be healthy; we want our team to be healthy too! That’s why Target provides free flu vaccines to all Target team members. Being a partner in health to our team and guests while protecting our communities from the flu is really rewarding. So rewarding that our clinic and pharmacy teams are asking everyone they see if they want to get their flu shot today and having some really fun competitions to see who can give the most flu vaccines this season. And while they are giving those flu shots, I will be right there with them to help everyone to have the biggest, best and safest flu vaccine season ever.

So this fall while you are enjoying the changing leave colors and the return of football also think about preventing the flu with a vaccine. Our providers and pharmacists are ready to help you stay well this season – you can even enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte while you are visiting us!

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