Well-Being Resources

It’s important to take care of your mind, spirit, and body during times of stress and uncertainty. HR has gathered resources to provide employees, and their families with information and tools for taking care of their holistic health and well-being during this time.

SELF-CARE

Mental Health

Coronavirus: Helping Yourself and Others resources are available on the EAP website.

Dr. Julian Ford shares his thoughts and recommendations on ways to handle the stress in this UConn Today Article Coping With COVID? Mastering Social (But Not Emotional) Distancing

Resources for those experiencing an increase in anxiety, or overall concerns over their well-being can be found at Mental Health America.

The American Psychological Association resource page https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/employee-mental-health and YouTube videos cover topics related to academics, self and family.

Grief resources, whether from the change in events, or due to the loss of a loved one can be found at That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief (Harvard Business Review) and Grief.com

Meditation is a great way to relax and regain calmness; see UConn Health Guided Meditations on Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Relaxation with Light

Livestream Guided Meditation recordings offered by the Copper Beech Institute

Resiliency

As we all work through this difficult time, practicing self-resiliency and showing empathy and support toward others, as well as being honest about our struggles and how we are feeling will enable us to thrive and be productive.

There is a lot of talk about resiliency right now, and you might be thinking “what is it?”, or “I just don’t have it”.  Broadly speaking, resiliency is the ability to “bounce back” when encountering challenges that are part of life.  The good new is resilience is a skill, and like any skill, with practice, can be learned.  So how can you build your resilience?  Here are some effective strategies:

  • Practice Positivity – Which allows us to hold on to a sense of control
  • Develop and Strengthen Emotional Insight – This includes having a level of awareness about your full range of emotions, and the effect your actions have on others
  • Achieve a Healthy work-life Integration – take time to unplug, relax and recuperate
  • Exercise – when you exercise regularly, you are more likely to remain healthier, happier, and more productive when faced with stressful situations
  • Cultivate Connections – We are social creatures. To prevent the loneliness during this time, reach out to others with a phone call or schedule a virtual break or lunch.
  • Having a Sense of Spirituality – Find the meaning in your work, and reflect on how your work is contributing to a greater good, and the Universities mission.
  • Become more Reflective – Be in tune to your emotions and stress triggers, so you can better prepare for and “bounce back” from them.

Learn more by reading the following articles on Resilience in the Face of a Crisis and Building your Resilience.

When faced with situations that you know will be challenging, implement coping strategies, such as seeking support. It is important to reach out for help when you are struggling, and to help other’s when they are.

FAMILY CARE

Child Care

Find providers and resources on the Work/Life website at https://hr.uconn.edu/worklife-family/

Family Resources

The Healthy Family Connecticut website from the UConn Department of Allied Health Sciences

Interested in more nutrition information for you and your family? The Healthy Family Connecticut website from the UConn Department of Allied Health Sciences offers many science-based and nutrition resources for you and your family to stay healthy that are offered in both English and Spanish. Resources are offered for Parents of Toddlers, Preschool Aged Children, Middle-School Aged Children, and more! Learn more at https://healthyfamilyct.cahnr.uconn.edu/.

COVID Resources from UCH Child Psychiatry Clinic

Talking with Children about COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19) - American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/latest_news/2020/Coronavirus_COVID19__Children.pdf

How to talk to children about COVID-19 - National School Psychologist Association

Whether at home, at school, on the bus, or via social media- our children and grandchildren are hearing about COVID-19 and may be anxious, curious, and in need of reassurance:

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Information for younger children: PBS.org featuring Daniel Tiger

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

Information for older children: NPR featured cartoon

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Additional Resources

Coping techniques from the Child Mind Institute at #WeThriveInside

Quarantine Parent Tips https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/quarantine-parents-tips

Unstructured Play for Children https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/children-unstructured-play

"Hello My Name is Coronavirus" - a free downloadable book in several languages geared for children under 7

"Something Strange Happened in My City" book and video in several languages

WHERE TO GET HELP

Help Resources

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for phone and virtual appointments. The EAP is a free and confidential service for employees and their dependents. Employees located at Storrs or a regional campus, please call (860) 486-1307. All employees should call (860) 679-2877 outside of business hours. You can also reach the EAP by email at uchc_eap@uchc.edu.

Our health insurance provides Anthem members with access to LiveHealth Online for telehealth services, including behavioral health. Live and Work Well is the hub for behavioral telehealth resources for Oxford members.

Optum’s emotional support health line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866-342-6892.

Find local mental health resources through the American Psychological Association at https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/local-mental-health

REMOTE WORK

Tools for Effectively Working and Managing From Home