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.
Amidst the current pandemic, keeping not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy is imperative to our overall well-being. Please take some time to utilize these tools and resources made available through Mental Health America, the CDC, the UConn Health EAP and others, to be mindful of your mental health during this time.
Mental Health America Online Resources
Mental Health America Flyers
Mental Health America Online Webinars
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
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
Livestream Guided Meditation recordings offered by the Copper Beech Institute
It’s important to remain active, and the following resources may be helpful to keep employees and their families on the move.
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.
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.
Coronavirus Sanity Guide https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook/
Benefits of spending time in nature https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/04/nurtured-nature
Find providers and resources on the Work/Life website at https://hr.uconn.edu/worklife-family/
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
Talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19) - American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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:
Information for younger children: PBS.org featuring Daniel Tiger
Information for older children: NPR featured cartoon
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
Where to Get Help
When your mental health is off, you want to get help to make it better. Mental Health America can help you get started.
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 email@example.com.
Our health insurance provides Anthem members with access to LiveHealth Online for telehealth services, including behavioral health.
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
Tools for Effectively Working and Managing From Home
LinkedIn Library is offering free courses on the following topics:
Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work
- Working Remotely – 1 hr
- Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 min
- Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 min
Manage the Impact of Adjusting to Your New Work Environment
- Thriving @ Work: the Connection between Well-being and Productivity – 41 min
- Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min
- Building Resilience – 34 min
- Developing Resourcefulness – 18 min