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Special Employee Newsletter

Isolation and Quarantine Fatigue
It exists, it feels uncomfortable, it is different, it will get better.  Being off of our normal routines effects how we feel and act.  As you begin to address this in yourself and your home, consider the following:

Recognize that this may effect decision making.  In addition to decisions about how and when to leave home being effected by an overwhelming amount of information, a lot of "normal" decision making becomes more complicated as well.  We are all having to deal with more unknown and more uncertainty.  That can be difficult and that can alter our decision making process.  When we are focused on potential losses more than potential gains, or potential negatives more than potential positives, then we are more likely to make riskier decisions.  Review your processes and make sure you talk through big decisions and get some feedback.

Understand the reasoning for safety protocols so you can factor them in.  Remind yourself, and those around you, why we are looking at health and safety protocols and continuing to work them in to daily life.  If we hope for improvement in public health, we have to continue to be proactive about promoting safe habits.  Continue to be vigilant about personal hygiene steps like hand washing, masks and social distancing protocols.  Do not immediately resume all activities as normal, continue to find adjustments.

Take small steps at home to feel better physically.  If you are feeling as cooped up as everyone else is, you need to find safe ways to get sunshine and physical activity.  Even if you have been going into work as normal, a lot of your outlets and activities have ceased.  We need movement to help keep our bodies regulated.  Lack of movement can interfere with sleep, appetite, productivity and mood.  Anything can be helpful, find 5 minutes today to walk, stretch, dance, or do something good for you that you enjoy.

Take small steps at home to feel better mentally.  As change continues, we can't neglect our mental and emotional health.  We need to keep sharing our feelings with each other and recognizing when we need support.  We need to keep trying healthy habits on a daily basis like journaling, mindfulness, meditation, art, music, daily gratitudes, positive thinking and keep encouraging those around us to do the same.  If you feel like it would be helpful, you have free EAP counseling sessions available to you and your household.

Remember all that you have learned from this. What types of things were you able to adjust well to? What did you learn you could live without?  What brought you the most joy?  How did you manage to work through the additional stress?  What new routines or hobbies will you keep up in the future?  What did you learn about your self? About your family? 
 


Feel free to visit the southwesteap.com website (Login Code: sweap) where you can watch a webinar, take a course or find a 5 minute read article about time management, stress management, mindfulness and other helpful skills for managing emotions during times of change.
 
Traditional Monthly Topics and Webinars Are Still Available

May Topic: Money Matters 

May's Featured Articles:

Monthly Budget
Personal Debt Consolidation
Managing Personal Debt
Should I File for Bankruptcy FAQ
Benefit of Spending Less


May's Featured Webinar:
Identity Theft: What Can You Do About It?
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Over 15 million consumers were victims of identity theft or fraud in 2017. The average fraud amount per victim was $1,038. In this webinar, you will learn what identity theft is and how to prevent it. What you should watch out for in your email? What about suspicious text messages? Learn the red flags. And know what to do if it happens to you.
 
Visit southwesteap.com and Log-in with code "sweap" any time this month to watch the webinar and ask the expert questions!
Follow @SWEAPWellbeing on Instagram and the Southwest EAP Facebook Page for additional tips and information about managing your mental health, life, work and home.
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