Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance
Credit IAM EAP, LAP
July Edition 2020
How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the
(Excerpts from verywellmind.com. By Amy Morin, LCSW Medically reviewed by Daniel B. Block, MD Published on March 19, 2020)
Managing mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic is vital to your overall well-being. While it is happening, these steps can help address your psychological well-being. Being proactive and taking care of your mind and emotions during this time, will help you maintain positive mental health.
How Coronavirus Might Impact Your Mental Health
Fear of catching the virus and worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills are just two of the stresses of the situation that can make it difficult to function. You may have to deal with a variety of practical problems—from figuring out childcare issues to determining how to keep your small business afloat. And you are also likely dealing with a lot of uncertainty. There are many unknowns about the virus. Your day-to-day life may be changing rapidly as regulations and recommendations continue to roll out regarding social contact.
Many people are working from home while also having their children at home right now. And most social gatherings and events have been canceled. No matter where you live, your routine has likely been disrupted in some way. Having less structure, a changing schedule, and complete uncertainty about how long this will last can take a toll on your mental health.
Staying inside for extended periods of time can cause you to feel restless. For some people it causes anxiety. For others staying indoors causes boredom. If left unaddressed, this could lead to a decline in mental health.
Lack of Social Contact
For most people, the coronavirus pandemic means a lot less social contact. Some are separated from family members and co-workers; others live alone and aren’t able to see anyone face-to-face. Social interaction is vital for good mental health. Reduced contact with others can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
Reduced Physical Activity
Whether you normally walk a half-mile to get on the train, or you have a job that involves a fair amount of physical labor, there’s a good chance your current work situation may not require you to move as much as you usually do. Many gyms have closed in an effort to support social distancing. There may be fewer opportunities to work out—which may have been one of your most accessible coping skills.
Changes in Mood
You might feel like you’re on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster right now. Whether you’re more irritable, sad, or anxious than usual, these emotions should be expected. Bigger shifts in your mood might be the sign of something more serious. If you’re struggling to manage your emotions, or if your emotions are making it difficult to function, it can be a sign that you may need to address your mental health. Other signs of concern include: changes in sleep habits, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty functioning including having trouble taking care of your daily needs—taking a shower, doing household chores, or caring for your kids—it might be a sign that you may need to seek help to improve your psychological well-being.
Your Employee Assistance Program representative can help find resources to address your concerns.
Steps You Can Take to Manage Your Mental Health
Get Physically Active
Research1 clearly shows that physical activity is a vital component of good mental health. Consider how you can still get exercise right now and incorporate it into your daily routine.
Maintain Social Connections
Even when you can’t physically be around people, you can still remain connected to friends, family, and community.
Focus on the Things You Can Control
There are many things outside of your control during a pandemic. And thinking about all of these things won’t do any good.
Practice Healthy Coping Skills
It’s important to think about the healthy coping skills you’ll use when you’re hit with moments of overwhelming anxiety or you begin to feel sad. Explore new skills you can practice, such as writing in a journal. You might also discover a meditation app or one that helps you practice a variety of relaxation techniques and stress relievers like progressive muscle relaxation
Be Selective About Your Media Consumption
While it’s important to stay informed, consuming constant content about the coronavirus can keep you in a heightened state of distress. These tips can be useful: Don’t keep the TV on news channels. Be mindful of your social media time. Follow people whom you find inspirational. Be selective with the content you consume.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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World Health Organization
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How the Dental Benefit Option Works
The Dental Benefit Option offers a Network of participating Dentists and Specialists nationwide who provide fee discounts to Dental Benefit participants.
You are not required to use Preferred Dentist Program (PDP) Network Dentists, but may benefit from cost savings when you do. You can request a customized directory of participating Dentists in your area by visiting the MetLife website or calling MetLife at 1-866-838-1072.
You will not receive an ID card when you enroll for the Dental Benefit Option. When you need Dental care, tell your Provider that you have coverage through MetLife. You can also print off a temporary ID card from the MetLife website. The Provider’s office is responsible for verifying your eligibility. You may be asked to provide your Social Security number or your employee ID number for verification.
Your Dental Benefit Option is self-funded by the Company. MetLife is the Network/Claim Administrator for the Dental Benefit Option. Visit the MetLife website or contact MetLife at 1-866-838-1072 for more information on the Dental Benefit.
Eligible Employees and their Eligible Dependents can enroll in the Dental Benefit Option, even if they do not elect coverage under a Medical Benefit Option. You must enroll yourself in the Dental Benefit Option if you would like to cover any dependents under the Dental Benefit Option.
Effective 1/1/2020, 2 new Dental Benefit Options, the Plus Dental Benefit Option and the Basic Dental Benefit Option will be offered to Employees as noted below.
If you enroll in the Plus Dental Benefit Option, you and your dependents will be required to remain enrolled in that plan for a minimum of 2 years unless you or your eligible dependents become ineligible as defined by the Plan. (i.e. divorce or child reaching age 26)
These coverage levels apply to employees represented by the APA, APFA, CWA-IBT, PAFCA, FSE and FCTIs represented by the TWU and Management/Support Staff:
- Employee + Spouse/Company-Recognized Domestic Partner
- Employee + Child(ren)
- Employee + Family
These coverage levels apply to TWU-represented employees (excluding FSE and FCTIs):
- Employee Only
- Employee + 1 Dependent
- Employee + 2 or more Dependents
As Stated before with the aging workforce and the threat of death from the covid-19 please be prepared for an unfortunate and untimely death, for the EAP/MAP team to assist your beneficiary in an effective and timely way please complete the Bereavement Checklists available on Local591.com EAP/MAP link.
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