Employee Assistance ProgramSpring 2022
Step 1 in Self Care: Your Mental Health
Most of us are pretty good about enlisting a doctor for help when we have physical illnesses, but as a population, we’re reluctant to seek help for our mental health needs. Experts point to many reasons for this: We don’t think our problems are bad enough or think they’re so bad we’ll be stigmatized; We think we can fix things ourselves; We don’t want to tell a stranger our deepest secrets and fears; We don’t have the money; We don’t have the time; We don’t know where or how to get help. The result? About half of the people who will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime will avoid getting help due to these reasons and others. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to get educated, fight the stigma, and provide support for people with mental illness and their families. It’s also a good time to get the help we need to tend to our own mental health.
Here’s some good news. Your employer makes it easy for you to get quality mental health care through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including in-the-moment counseling available for you and your family. Simply call our toll-free number day or night –800.252.4555. All calls are answered by a counselor with an advanced degree and years of clinical experience. We also offer Coaching and self-help resources spanning assessments, videos, articles, trainings, and more. Learn more about caring for your own mental health by logging in on The EAP website.
Step 2: Shake a Leg!
Dance. Jog. Jump rope. Play ball. Hike. Run. Take up tennis. It’s time to shake off any leftover winter lethargy for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. U.S. physical activity health guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week, along with strength training twice a week.
Adults need a mix of physical activity to stay healthy. There are many ways to reach your weekly goal. Start with just moving more!
How do you tell if your activity is considered moderate or vigorous? Try this test. When you’re being active, just try talking:
- If you’re breathing hard but can still have a conversation easily, it’s moderate-intensity activity
- If you can only say a few words before you need to take a breath, it’s vigorous-intensity activity
Visit Move Your Way to put together a spring activity plan and find helpful tools. Benefits of increased activity include better sleep, improved focus, better mood, and reduced stress. Plus, there are many health benefits, such as helping to prevent and manage common chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Step 3: Learn Something New
We frequently add new trainings to our vast library of 10,000+ online E-Learning courses. Check out popular new courses by logging in on The EAP website, clicking the “Training Center”icon and choosing “New & Improved Trainings.”