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EAP: A Rest Stop for Life's Journey
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Mon, 6/07/2010 3:28 PM

Recently, I read a story from African folklore about a caravan of traders traveling on foot through Africa. After several days, their African assistants stopped and took a break. When the traders asked why, the Africans explained, “We have been traveling so long and so
fast that we need to wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.”

In this fast-paced world we live in, there are times when we all feel mentally, physically and spiritually exhausted. We may have lost our
sense of balance in our work and personal lives. At these times, we need to stop and allow our bodies and souls time to repair.
According to the World Health Organization, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” When any one of
these components is out of balance, we are at risk for emotional conflict, burnout and disease.

Studies show that there is a relationship between the mind and emotions to a person’s overall state of health. Dr. Candace Pert’s research draws a direct correlation between the immune system and the health of body/mind/spirit. Talking to an EAP professional is an opportunity to experience a rest stop in life’s stressful journey. It is a place to refresh your soul, gain new awareness about your overall
health, rediscover your strengths, and create a plan of positive action for your life.

If you have been pushing too hard, moving too fast or traveling life’s journey too long without taking a break, call the Employee Assistance Program and make an appointment today. It could change your health.


Myra Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist, a Board Certified Chaplain, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Counselors are available to you at 901.683.5658 or 800.880.5658.


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