In a crisis, life can seem a little scary.
It’s easy to lose sight of the good in the midst of trying times. That’s why mental health and taking care of yourself is never more important than when you face a crisis.
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. You may be experiencing increased stress and anxiety. According to mentalhealth.gov, your mental state can impact how you feel, think, act, make decisions, handle stress, and relate to others.
There are ways to help you and your loved ones cope. Here are a few things you can do to support yourself:
- Enjoy activities that make you happy, like painting or playing board games with your family.
- Take time away from watching, reading, or listening to news or social media. Continually listening to news, especially if it’s related to a crisis, can be distressing, so give yourself a break when you can.
- Connect with people! Talk to them about your concerns, thoughts, and feelings.
- Treat your body well. Try meditation, deep breathing exercises, or stretching.
- Remember to eat healthily, exercise daily, and get plenty of rest.
- Get professional help if you need it. Support is only a phone call away and many mental health professionals are offering telehealth services if making an office visit isn’t possible.
Practice gratitude by listing three things you’re grateful for with your friends and family. Stay positive for yourself and those around you! At Nextep, clients have access to mental health support through Teladoc* and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Resources For Living. Log into your Nextep account to access your medical coverage options or the EAP.
For more resources for managing, visit our Mental Health Resources page in the Nextep Wellness Hub. Still have questions? Contact your benefits coordinator today at 888.811.5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Additional fees may apply. Log into your Teladoc account to learn more about available services and fees. Nextep employees can also contact the benefits team with questions about plan details.