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Self-Care for Employees During COVID
Posted 7/29/20

As the news and events surrounding COVID-19 continue to unfold at a rapid rate, it can impact your emotional well-being as well as physical health, and that of your family. Events such as the one we are currently faced with may be stressful and can cause fear and anxiety among a variety of other social and emotional responses. Everyone reacts differently, but signs of distress can include changes in eating, sleeping, energy level, and mood. Feelings of irritability, sadness, helplessness, or even difficulty focusing are also common. We want to make sure you prioritize your well-being in this difficult time.  If you or your loved ones are experiencing any of these, please do not hesitate to seek support. 

All employees and their families have free access to confidential assistance through the 24-hour Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides quick and easy access to counseling and referral services.
 

To foster your emotional health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer these suggestions:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Tend to your emotional health. Know that others are experiencing emotional reactions as well. Seek counseling as needed.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly.
  • Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal routine.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. 

For additional tips, visit these sites:  

Finally, we encourage you to continue to support each other as we get through this together. Be assured we are working closely with our state and local agencies to provide our NVUSD community with the most timely, accurate and useful information available to us.