When the stresses of every day life take their toll, you may find yourself searching for mental health support. In today's world, receiving in-person support from a licensed counselor can be the best solution. Thanks to Vanderbilt's Work/Life Connections-EAP (WLC) program, faculty and staff across the region have the unique benefit of both in-person and virtual counseling services.
We can all relate to feeling tired. However, knowing the difference between being tired and being burned out is critical to our well-being. Work/Life Connections-EAP lists ways in which we can regain your energy if you find yourself emotionally exhausted.
Ask yourself: how am I feeling today? Are you happy, anxious, excited, or nervous? Do you feel hopeful, stressed, optimistic, or filled with dread? October is Depression Awareness, and is a good time to take a moment to examine your outlook on your life. Work/Life Connections-EAP lists ways to identify the symptoms of depression and ways to find help.
National Recovery Month is observed every September to remind Americans that there is hope for those struggling with a substance use disorder. Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections-EAP shares resources to help you learn, understand, and access support for your journey or a loved one's.
With all the natural and man-made disasters over the last several months, it reminds us how important it is to have a disaster plan. Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections-EAP shares 10 ways in which you can be better prepared in the event of an unexpected crisis.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. During the past couple of years, there have many traumatic stressors that have impacted us. For some, there is a more lasting emotional effects, including intense feelings and disturbing thoughts related to their experience. Work/Life Connections-EAP shares some ways to help manage the intense feelings that come with a PTSD response.
The last few weeks have been filled with sadness and trauma. We try to make sense of the senseless and irrational. How can we cope when faced with such chaos, devastation, and destruction? Work/Life Connections-EAP lists ways in which you can help yourself and others who are having difficulties after traumatic experiences.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced fully vaccinated and boosted individuals may be safe without a mask in an outdoor and indoor setting. This might feel like a step towards resuming our lives as we did prior to the pandemic, but it will require a psychological re-adjustment. Work/Life Connections-EAP is available to help those who may feel anxious as we enter this new phase of the ongoing pandemic.
Spring is getting closer, and more people will start getting outside to soak up the sun. Did you know that being in nature, or even enjoying the view outside your window, decreases feelings of negative emotions? Work/Life Connections-EAP shares ways in which you can spend time outdoors to help build your mental health resilience.
Hobbies are a great way to reduce a person's stress level, improve moods, and reduce the risk of depression. They also help you focus on the present instead of worrying about your tomorrow's to-do list. Work/Life Connections-EAP shares suggestions to use hobbies to build your mental health resilience.