Published March 11, 2022
Two years into the National Health Emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation around mental health has been pushed into the spotlight and a recent scientific brief released by the World Health Organization indicates that the prevalence of anxiety and depression spiked 25% worldwide in the first year especially for women and youth.
As a result, the phrase “practice self-care” has become a mantra repeated so often it’s perhaps become background noise, because how does practicing self-care help if nothing around you is changing to lessen the barrage of new stressors?
You already know that eating a nutritious diet, getting exercise and the right amount of sleep and taking time for “you” are important aspects of living a healthy life and maintaining balance, but it’s possible that after so long trying to juggle so much, practicing self-care just sounds like something else you don’t have time for.
Below are a few suggestions for how you can do something for you, whether you have 5 minutes or 60.
Check-in on the Happify app. As SchoolCare participant, you have access to Happify offered through Cigna. Happify offers science-based activities proven to help shift your mindset and improve emotional well-being. Log-on for a few minutes a day over a couple of weeks and you may just see a change in how you approach challenges or even just in how you tackle daily routines.
Log either as a Healthy Event, or if you are using Apps and Activities, set up a challenge around walking or mindfulness and earn $50 when you earn 20 stars and complete your challenge.
Register for a live Cigna EAP Webcast or catch an on-demand replay. Here are a few recommendations for focusing on combatting stress and improving your mental health. You can also report your EAP Webcasts as a Healthy Event.