Making self-care a priority can help you cope with unsettling emotions you may be feeling in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Emotional reactions to the COVID-19 crisis can range from fear and hopelessness to denial and anger. You may even feel all these emotions over the course of one day. Prioritizing your own self-care can help you cope with any unsettling emotions you may be experiencing. Self-care means choosing to act in healthy ways rather than simply reacting to events.
Here are some self-care strategies you may find helpful, from Cigna, the administrator of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)* provided by the Board of Pensions.
If you are still struggling with unsettling emotions and would like to talk to someone about what you’re feeling, you have 24/7 access to licensed clinicians through the EAP.* Just call 866-640-2772 and ask to speak with a clinician, or log on to Cigna’s website to schedule a call (one-time registration is required; use pcusa for Employee’s Employer ID).
In addition to phone consultations, the EAP provides in-person or virtual counseling sessions with a dedicated counselor. Through September 30, 2020, you can take advantage of four additional sessions for a total of 10 sessions per issue. There’s no cost to you, and all EAP services are completely confidential. Your family members and anyone who lives with you can use the EAP, too.
During this time of high stress and anxiety, employees who are not eligible for the EAP and retired members can call Cigna’s Behavioral Resource Line at 866-912-1687 to connect with qualified clinicians.
If you have medical coverage through the Board, you can also participate in many activities that encourage self-care through Call to Health.*
*The EAP and Call to Health are not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.