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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.
 

How to tame emotional eating 2 min. read

Many of us turn to food to feel comfort or relieve stress. Current events may increase our desire to go to food as a solution. But there are other ways to decrease stress and enjoy your daily life.
 

Loosen Up: A Short Chair Yoga Routine 15 min. watch

Are you looking for a quick way to release tension, relieve anxiety and reduce stress? Gentle chair yoga is a quick, easy way to accomplish all three while leaving you refreshed and focused on your day. All you need is a chair and a few minutes.
 

Guided body scan 5 min. listen

Give yourself a moment to relax and cultivate more grace as you are guided through this 5-minute body scan. You’ll notice how unwinding your body can calm your mind and release stress and anxiety.

Life beyond your caregiving role 4 min. read

We all want to feel like we have a purpose in life. Some caregivers find their purpose in caregiving, but many do not. Instead, many caregivers accept the caregiver role out of a sense of duty, loyalty and love.

Symptoms of Stress and Relaxation Techniques 3 min. read

People respond to stress and anxety in different ways. With some research-based tools, you can learn to manage these feelings and increase your calm.
 

Real talk: Stress 57 min. watch

At this roundtable-style discussion, therapists from UK HR Work+Life Connections will answer real questions about stress, its effects and how you can manage it daily. 

​Embracing "good enough" choices 2 min. read

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by everyday decision-making? Next time, you can try "satisficing." Learn about this mental hack for getting things done.

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.

Build your own self-compassion meditation 4 min. read

Practicing self-compassion can help reduce burnout, anxiety, depression, plus increase life satisfaction, happiness and self-confidence. Learn how you can create your own self-compassion meditation.
 

Completing your body's stress response cycle 4 min. read

When you face anything the brain perceives as a threat, stress is the body's natural response. Here are some ways to get through stress and avoid burnout.

 

Aromatherapy for better sleep 2 min. read and instructional video

Studies show that on average most adults get about 6 hours of sleep per night. Sleep impacts our physical health, emotional well-being, work performance and overall safety. Learn how to use aromatherapy to reduce stress and get more zzzzzs.

Lazy Dietitian 5 min. read

Often, you want to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. The Lazy Dietitian has a list of “healthy-ish convenience foods.” These are foods that won’t make big sacrifices on nutrition or flavor, but they will save time and effort in the kitchen.

Exercising safely 3 min. read and optional video

An important way to fend off burnout is physical activity. Physical activity is not just going to the gym. It could also be walking or jogging, dancing, playing with your kids or grandkids, swimming, or hiking. The important point is that you move, and you keep moving.

Caregiver burnout 35 min. listen

Caregiver burnout leads to fatigue, anxiety, depression, resentment and a sense of hopelessness. Learn how to recognize the signs of caregiver burnout and what you can do to prevent it through self-care.

Guided meditation for ease 5 min. listen

Gift yourself a moment to be present as you follow this 5-minute guided mediation. Give yourself permission to build trust and tune in to where hope grows. 

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.
 

Circle of control: A tool for rumination and worry 7 min. watch

Things like the pandemic changing many of our regular activities can cause you to crave some semblance of control. When you focus on the areas you can control, you reduce anxiety, offering yourself the self-compassion that can be a comfort amid the worry and stress.

Is it worry or anxiety? Detecting the differences 23 min. watch

We all struggle with life's concerns. But when is it worry and when is it anxiety? How do your mind and body react differently, and how do you address each?

Laughter IS the best medicine 11 min. watch

A good laugh has great short-term benefits on both your mental and physical health, including reducing stress and anxiety. Learn how laughter impacts the body and discover ways you can make laughter a part of your daily life.

Coping with grief: what is it and how do we deal with it? 4 min. read

Many of us have experienced some form of grief, and it presents unique challenges in many aspects of our lives. Here are some tips and ideas to keep you resilient as you process your own feelings during holidays and beyond.

Real talk: Anxiety 59 min. watch

At this roundtable-style discussion, therapists from UK HR Work+Life Connections will answer real questions about anxiety, its effects and how you can manage it. 

Real talk: Depression 55 min. watch

At this roundtable-style discussion, therapists from UK HR Work+Life Connections will answer real questions about depression, its effects and how you can manage it. 

Dealing with depression during coronavirus 4 min. read

When we experience loss or grief, we go through an internal process which involves making sense of and coming to terms with that loss. Part of that process results in experiencing depression. 

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.

Understanding loneliness 4 min. read

We all have an innate desire to form bonds with one another. Recent events have made connections with others more difficult, even placing additional strains on existing connections. Fortunately, we have some creative solutions to help you live a more connected life.
 

No one is an island: avoiding isolation 18 min. watch

It is vital to stay socially connected as we navigate physical distancing. It can be easy to feel stressed, anxious and alone. Learn ways we can maintain community and face these challenges together.

Why can't we get along? Managing conflict at home 15 min. watch

Spending extended time with a partner, roommate, friend or family member during this stressful time can spark conflict. Whether this is a new issue or the re-emergence of old arguments, learn some ways to navigate this safely and effectively so everyone can have safe and happy holidays.

Adapting relationships during physical distancing 29 min. watch

Whether you are confined with family or you are alone and away from family and friends, relationships can be nurtured and enjoyed. Learn helpful ideas for managing relationships throughout this pandemic and beyond.

Moment of appreciation meditation 19 min. listen

All of us deserve the peace, harmony and space to foster acceptance and resilience, both individually and collectively. Take a few moments to sit in reflection as you're guided through a meditation for unity and appreciation for one another.

Nature Meditation and Haiku Writing Exercise 5 min. read

Meditation and mindfulness help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Creative practices like expressive writing can create an increased sense of psychological well-being. So this holiday season, try combining meditation outdoors with a spirit of play and creativity.

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.
 

Identifying feelings and needs 4 min. read

When we can identify and name a troubling feeling, we can better calm our response to it. Learn how you can use this technique to cultivate a more peaceful, resilient brain. 

Well-being during trying times

Many people have questions regarding well-being and the coronavirus pandemic. We've put together a list to help you and your loved ones.

2:22 Monday Meditation 5 min. watch

Take a few minutes out of your week to relax and recharge every Monday at 2:22 p.m. If you miss it, don't worry! You can access it on Facebook at any time.

Becoming Wildly Resilient

This podcast series, released the second Tuesday of every month, explores a variety of well-being topics to help you thrive at work, home and beyond. You can find it here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Four daily touchstones of well-being 19 min. watch

Move, Nourish, Connect and Be are four daily touchstones that can decrease overwhelm and add more calm during these days when you need it the most.

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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!

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