Here is some information we are sharing with our employees during this challenging time. You may find some of these tips and resources helpful for yourself or others.
As we know, individual reactions during difficult times can be variable and may include:
Concern and fear over your health and that of your loved ones
Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
Difficulty concentrating on tasks
Difficulty coping with chronic health problems
Increased use of alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco
It is normal to feel some degree of anxiety due to feelings of uncertainty. However, if your worry falls into the category of not sleeping, not eating, or excessive stress, please reach out to a professional.
If you are overwhelmed with feelings, it is extremely important that you take care of yourself. Here are some suggestions to help manage your emotions:
Take time to experience and process what is happening.
It is helpful to prioritize what needs to get done.
- Create a to-do list to ease cognitive overload.
Reach out for support.
Craving connection and unity is natural during times of stress.
Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Think
"physical distancing, social connecting." Reach out to family, friends and colleagues. Leverage technology such as Facetime, Skype, Zoom or WebEx .
Do something that helps you keep your sense of normalcy
- PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Plenty of resources are available online and on YouTube for fitness-related activity in times of social distancing. Please reference the resource links below for some examples.
- CREATIVITY: Tap into art, writing or reading while at home. At work, try and take a creative lunch break if this is what brings you joy.
- NUTRITION AND SLEEP: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, eating healthy meals, avoiding too much alcohol and other mind-altering substances and optimizing rest and sleep. Good nutrition and sleep improves mental functioning and supports the immune system, which can impact perception and improve healthy emotional responses.