Mental Health Support Tools

During this stressful time, it’s normal to feel worried, frustrated or isolated.  We care about your well-being. Here are some tips and resources to help you support yourself and others.

Take Care of Your Mind:

  • Give yourself permission to feel how you’re feeling. Start a journal to help process your emotions.
  • Create a routine that includes breaks for deep breathing and stretching. Try our yoga and meditation resources.
  • Limit your time on news and social media sites—for example, once a day for 30 minutes.
  • Reframe the situation as an opportunity. What tasks have you been avoiding that you can now check off your to-do list?
  • Do activities you enjoy. Read a book, watch your favorite TV show, or catch up on a podcast.

Reach Out For Help When You Need It:

  • Call your doctor if you are experiencing extreme stress symptoms that last for several days in a row and are impeding your ability to go about your daily activities. Symptoms may include trouble sleeping, intense feelings of hopelessness, and increased use of alcohol and drugs.
  • Many members on our employer-based plans can talk to a counselor through Optima Employee Assistance Program. This benefit includes online personal and professional development resources on optimaeap.com.

Take Care of Your Body:

  • Make regular exercise part of your routine with our MoveAbout program.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals with our Eating for Life program.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and drugs.

Connect with and Support Others:

Talk with loved ones via phone, video chat, or social media.

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, so be kind, patient, and understanding.
  • Listen without judgment, reassure them, and connect them with trusted resources.
  • Help them refocus on things they can control and problem-solve.
  • Stay in touch. Offer to call or text once a day to check in or offer encouragement.

Get the Facts:

Keep Things in Perspective:

Remind yourself that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Be kind to yourself and others.

Yoga and Meditation Resources

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We offer a variety of guided meditation and video resources to help reduce stress and anxiety.

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