Published September 15, 2021
Over the last 18 months, the effects of living in isolation and under heightened amounts of stress have been felt worldwide. Perhaps new to many of our vocabulary is the term languishing – a sense of stagnation and emptiness or living in a fog. (This article from Cigna may resonate.)
The persistence of these feelings can have a lasting negative effect on our well-being. So, when life throws challenges our way, how do we find balance?
While not a substitute for one-on-one professional care (see box below or at right), there are several resources in your myCigna account that can help improve your mental health from the comfort of your home or on-the-go.
A time to raise awareness about the stigma around the topic, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is highlighting this year’s theme, Together for Mental Health, which “encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system.”
If you, or someone you know is showing signs of severe depression, or if you’ve had thoughts of self-harm or have a friend or family member who has talked about harming themselves, help is immediately available.