May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 6, 2020

woman reassuring manWe have had a lot of ups and downs in the last few months. Such change and uncertainty can create stress and, as a result, we may suffer more headaches, have trouble sleeping and struggle with depression. However, if you take steps to stay healthy, you’ll be better equipped to manage stress.

Try these tips for coping with stress: 
  • Eat well. When you eat healthy foods, you get the nutrition and energy you need to feel good physically, which can help you feel good mentally and emotionally.
  • Get adequate sleep. When at rest, your brain helps you process new experiences and challenges.
  • Relax through movement. Since change and stress go hand in hand, practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, nature walking or other stress-reducing tactics. 

Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plans have resources available for people feeling emotional stress due to the coronavirus (or for any reason). Find out what’s available to you and your loved ones on ERS’ webpage about COVID-19 and your health plan. See the section on emotional support, or read it all to learn what your health plan offers to take care of your physical health during this unique time.