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:
- Find resources you can depend on for up-to-date and accurate health information.
- Check with your local health department or federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Keep Things in Perspective:
Remind yourself that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Be kind to yourself and others.