Everyone is busy. Stress is common, and life events occur. This guidance resource will assist you in managing your employees when crises happen such as: a death in the family, a medical crisis or need for child care services including, legal support. All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.
Resources from your Employee Assistance Program
Many people struggle with anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, loneliness or loss. Financial stresses, emotional stresses, circumstances that feel beyond our control, demands on our time and energy, and trying to balance needs and priorities are just some reasons that we may need to reach out for help to get support that we need.
The EAP has many free resources from articles to podcasts and webinars to help. It also provides short term counseling at no cost:
Short term counseling can help if you or a family member is struggling. You (and members of your household) can attend six counseling sessions, free, via the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
You can receive (6) free short-term counseling sessions (per issue - example, sessions for grief and loss, sessions coping with anxiety).
When you need this assistance, here's what to expect:
- Call the EAP: 855.784.1806
- Choose from a list of counselors/therapists they'll provide.
- The EAP will provide you a code to give to the counselor/therapist.
- You'll contact the counselor/therapist, provide the EAP code, and schedule your first session.
Participation is confidential. Learn more about how to access this free benefit. The EAP is a great resource for financial, legal, and wellbeing support.
EAP tips on enhancing your wellbeing
Wellbeing is more than exercising or eating right. It means taking care of yourself, which includes emotional and mental health, work-life balance, mindfulness, financial stability and a host of other topics.
Diet: A balanced diet contains lean proteins, healthy fats, five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, whole grains, and plenty of water. Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, sodium, refined sugars, and processed foods.
Exercise: Being active can help lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar levels, and reduce stress. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 min of daily physical activity. Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once.
Sleep: Being well-rested gives you better control over your diet, aids you in making better choices and reduces cravings for sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine. In addition, sleep strengthens the immune system’s ability to fight infections and disease.
Stress: Stress management can help improve sleep, blood pressure, and overall quality of life. Choosing a positive attitude has shown to improve stress levels. Yoga, prayer, meditation, journaling, reading, exercising and deep breathing are healthy ways to manage your stress.
Addictions and Dependencies: Quitting smoking has one of the biggest impacts on health. Other addictions such as alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and sugar pose equally great threats to your health. Choosing more positive ways to deal with stress and other issues improves health significantly.
Family and Friends: Having strong, positive relationships with others provides a cushion of acceptance and support that can help you weather tough times.
Finances: Make a budget, set goals and save more than you spend. A strong financial base alleviates a lot of stress and promotes personal well-being.
Positive Outlook: Avoid viewing problems as insurmountable. Learn from past experiences and be confident that you will get through a current crisis, too.
Accept Change: The reality is that certain things cannot be controlled. What’s important is how were respond to the situation. Accepting change makes it easier to move forward in life.
Long-term Perspective: Set goals for yourself so that you can feel productive and purposeful every day, and create longer-term goals so that you have a direction for your future.
The EAP provides resources related to all of these topics and more! You can access them anytime, register online: guidanceresources.com
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Well-being really comes down to simply making healthier lifestyle choices. Living healthy is not only about preventing disease, but also about creating balance in your physical, spiritual and emotional health.