EAP PLUS & YOU
PROVIDING A MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE
APRIL 2021
WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Words and actions form the foundation for a strong, supportive relationship. The demands of children, aging parents, work and other responsibilities can, at times, lead partners to take one another for granted.
A few small things can improve a relationship:

  • Share an activity the two of you enjoy, whether it be dinner, dancing, movies, biking or yard work.

  • Treat your partner the way you want to be treated. Respect and consideration can do wonders for a relationship.

  • Give your partner or spouse a sincere compliment.

  • Find something to laugh about. A sense of humor helps relationships survive problems.

  • Take time to touch, whether it be a hug or holding hands.

  • Discuss the things that bother you. Address problems quickly in order to minimize resentment and anger.

  • Express your feelings, thoughts and ideas. Communication is essential to a strong relationship.

  • Be willing to compromise. Give up some of your wants for the sake of what your partner wants, thereby, creating a give and take relationship.

  • Smile and share something that you appreciate about your partner.

  • Chart your course together. Identify your short and long-term goals, and the vision you both have for the future.
HOW RESILIENT ARE YOU?
How good are you at coping with adversity or the unexpected? Challenges that we didn’t anticipate can throw us for a loop. Take for example, COVID-19. The good news is that you can improve your resiliency skills, thereby enabling you to bounce back more easily when confronted with a crisis or overwhelming challenge.

Here are a few tips:

Differentiate the problems from your response to them. You can react with panic, anxiety and distress, or choose to stay calm.

View your strengths positively. Remind yourself that you’ve gotten through tough times before and you can apply the strategies you successfully used in the past to manage the current challenge.

Expect change. Nothing in life is constant, and sometimes it seems that more gets thrown at us than we anticipated. The upside is that change can help us grow.

Keep your perspective. Remind yourself that “this too shall pass,” and think about it in the bigger scheme of life.

Lean on supportive family, friends and peers. Use your support system to help brainstorm solutions.

Stay flexible. Considerable multiple options, use different approaches to problem-solving and have a flexible mindset.

Pay attention to your own needs. During times of crisis, staying physically and mentally fit can help you fight stressors of all kinds. Practice healthy habits.

Laugh as much as you can. When you see humor in something, laugh at life’s wackiness. Look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Remember that even the darkest of days don’t last forever.

Build your resilience skills. Learn how to stay balanced. Use adaptive coping skills. Express gratitude.

DENTAL CHECKUPS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
It is important that children, teens and adults see the dentist on a regular basis, the most common interval being every six months.

A regular visit to the dentist will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will keep the rest of your body healthy.

Dental care is important because it helps prevent tooth decay, and protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.

In addition, during regular dental visits the dentist will check for mouth cancer, and identify potential problems of which you might not yet be aware (i.e., a crack in a tooth).

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?
Did you know that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep? A lack of sleep is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Inadequate sleep can also impact concentration and productivity. Adults need 7+ hours of sleep a night.

Tips for better sleep:
  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices, such as computers, smart phones, TVs, from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Get some exercise earlier in the day.
  • Even with good sleep habits, some people find that they just can’t sleep. If so, it might be time to talk to your doctor. Before visiting your doctor, keep a diary of your sleep habits for about ten days to discuss at the visit.

Include the following in your sleep diary, when you:
  1. Go to bed
  2. Go to sleep
  3. Wake up
  4. Get out of bed
  5. Take naps
  6. Exercise
  7. Drink alcohol
  8. Drink caffeinated beverages

Also remember to mention if you are taking any medications (over-the-counter or prescription) or supplements. They may make it harder for you to sleep.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Mary Jane Kocian-Figueroa, Psy.D., MPH
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