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Mental Minute

Have you ever heard the expression, “You can't pour from an empty cup”? Essentially, in order for us - as humans - to effectively take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves.

For more than two years, healthcare employees have given their all. They've survived a worldwide pandemic on purpose fueled adrenaline and continued to fight with gained experience, knowledge, heart and compassion.

For more than two years, they’ve been exposed to physical and emotional exhaustion like never before. They’ve been tormented with making life-altering decisions on a daily basis, all while letting their world take a backseat.

Two years! So we ask, when was the last time you truly took time for yourself? When was the last time you decompressed, destressed and took the worries of the world off your shoulders? Now, more than ever, it’s time to take a Mental Minute. The Lugar Center, in partnership with Union Health Behavioral Health, Employee Health, and Foundation, launched this effort a few months ago to serve its healthcare heroes.

The Mental Minute is a FREE, confidential counseling service offered virtually on evenings and weekends. “Mental health is everything. The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of every single human being and counseling services can be like a "check up" for your own mental well-being and mood regulation. Just as we need to see the doctor every year for our physical health, talking with a therapist can offer you additional support in learning to prioritize your needs, learn to cope with stress, build practices of self-care into your life and help you to reduce burnout and fatigue.” This virtual counseling program is an expansion of Union Health’s Employee Assistance Program.

"Self-care is not selfish. In fact, by focusing on your own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability, it can actually better equip you to meet the needs of others. “Your mental health matters and it is time for you to put your own needs first. No one can take care of everyone's needs all the time, therefore, remember self-care is not selfish, but is a radical act of self preservation. Your life is important and it is important to take the time necessary to focus on yourself and emotional health.” Wise advice from one of the providers.

Courtesy: UH Public Relations


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