How do you feel? We're here for you
You may be frustrated by separation from friends and loved ones or anxious over health issues.
But this year brings hope as we find solutions that will allow us to be together again. You may feel like giving up on precautions like social distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands. But we know we must continue to preserve our health and the health of those around us.
There's no way to make everything as it was before. That's why we have gathered these resources to offer you practical support and a calming place to land. And if you don't even know where to start, we have support for that, too.
I feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Do you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Do you feel like your mind won't turn off? When you are under a significant amount of stress, you may find it difficult to concentrate even on small tasks. Stress may lead you to feel paralyzed. By recognizing what you can and cannot control, and practicing some research-based problem-solving skills, you can more easily handle difficult feelings. Then, you can focus on the joyful and important things around you.
I feel burned out.
If you feel like your tank is empty and you are deeply exhausted physically and emotionally, you may be experiencing burnout. It may be related to work, home, the general demands of life or a combination of these things. This year has required many of us to take on the additional roles of teacher or caregiver. Maybe you feel you just can't manage everything and you've lost the motivation to make the effort. Even though you may feel like you can't do one more thing, consider this an invitation toward self-care that may help you feel more grounded. Here are a few quick ways to get started.
I often feel depressed or anxious.
Most people go through periods of sadness and grief. But this year's events have brought an unusually high amount of uncertainty, worry, grief and frustration. Depression and anxiety are when your feelings are consistently low and interfere with everyday functioning. If you're having trouble managing daily routines or maybe feeling as though you're consumed with negative thoughts and worry, you're not alone. The links below offer practical support to help you feel more grounded, cope with worry and cultivate hope on really difficult days.
I feel lonely or disconnected.
Physical distancing, canceled activities, and working and studying from home have changed the way we interact with one another. Even though you may be constantly on Zoom meetings, Facetime and social media, you may feel disconnected and alone (even in a house full of people). So, how can you increase meaningful engagement with others? These resources can help point you toward authentic connection despite physical distance.
I'm not even sure where to begin.
Have you been experiencing a feeling that something “isn’t quite right,” but you just can’t put your finger on it? You aren’t the only one. Fortunately, we have tools to help you identify those feelings so you can better address your needs. Human Resources has an in-house team of dietitians, exercise specialists, health coaches, mental health clinicians and social workers ready to support you wherever you are.
We're here for you
We’re UK’s in-house team of dietitians, exercise specialists, health coaches, mental health clinicians and social workers
- Ann Bassoni, LCSW, Work+Life Connections Therapist
- Cindy Bowling, MSW, LCSW, Work+Life Connections Therapist
- Carrie Davidson, EdD, ACSM-EP-C, RYT-200, Exercise Specialist
- Jackie Hanson, MS, CHWC, Health Coach
- Rhonda Henry, MSW, CSW, Work+Life Connections Therapist
- Ryan Mason, MS, CSCS, Exercise Specialist
- Karen Bryla McNees, EdD, RD, Dietitian
- Vanessa Oliver, MS, RD, LD, Dietitian
- Amy Rodquist-Kodet, MA, CHWC, Health Coach
- Terri Weber, Elder Care Specialist
- Eric Wilkinson, MSW, LCSW, Work+Life Connections Therapist
Connect with co-workers
The workplace, both on site and remote, can inspire and create communities connected by common work goals, interests or backgrounds. Visit our Community Quickstarts page to make new connections and increase your well-being!