Say Goodbye to Stress
Want to live a longer, healthier and more peaceful life? Decrease your stress.
While some stress is normal, too much stress can take an unhealthy and unexpected toll on you. Chronic stress can interfere with your job, relationships and enjoyment of life. Over time, it can lead to health problems, too: Chronic stress increases your risk of stroke by 50%, heart disease by 40% and heart attack by 25%. In fact, the American Institute of Stress says that stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease.
Here’s what to do.
1. Recognize the Signs
The first step to managing stress is to recognize when your stress level is too high. Signs include:
- Headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension
- Chest, neck or back pain
- Sleep problems
- Skin breakouts
- Short temper, crankiness
- Lack of energy, feeling tired
- Feeling sad or crying
- Constant worry
- Inability to focus, forgetfulness
- Nail biting, grinding teeth
- Skipping meals or eating too much or eating unhealthy foods
- Drinking too much alcohol or abusing drugs
2. Take Action
When you’re feeling stressed, try exercise, healthy eating, relaxation techniques or enjoyable activities. But if you can’t manage it on your own, getting help is your best bet. Whether you’re worried about a relationship, money problems or parenting issues, Workplace Options is always here when you need it.
- Take advantage of free, confidential counseling—Counselors are available to help you 24/7/365.
- Visit the website for articles, resources, quizzes, audio clips, webinars and videos on a variety of stress-related topics.
- Use basic legal and financial planning services to address any related issues causing you stress.
To learn more about how Workplace Options can help, view the orientation presentation or visit www.achievesolutionsglobal.net (company code: automation). If you prefer to speak to someone, call 1.855.897.4044.
5 Things You Should Know About the EAP
You may have received the Workplace Options EAP home mailing with wallet cards at your home this week. You probably know that the EAP provides free, confidential counseling and resources on a variety of issues and is available 24/7. But here are a few things you might not know:
- The EAP has a new website and phone number. In the U.S., visit www.achievesolutionsglobal.net (company code: automation) or call 1.855.897.4044. Although the contact information has changed, Workplace Options, in partnership with ValueOptions, offers the same services we’ve had in the past.
- The website is amazing. While some parts of the website are changing, the content is the same. The website is full of helpful articles, videos, trainings, webinars, quizzes and audio clips on almost any subject you can imagine. Go there next time you want useful information on any aspect of life, including dating, dealing with teenagers, creating a will, dealing with identity theft, transitioning your career, managing conflict and more.
- The EAP isn’t just for emotional issues. The EAP is a great place to turn if you need someone to talk to when you’re experiencing grief, stress, work-related concerns or relationship issues, just to name a few. But you can also call the EAP for help with parenting, childcare, adoption, moving and relocation, pet care and more.
- The counselors are action-oriented. The specially trained counselors who take your call are solution-focused. Depending on your situation, the counselor may suggest additional sessions to help you reach your goals. If the counselor believes that you need specialized or longer-term counseling, you may be referred to another qualified professional. The important thing is that you, along with the counselor, choose the action plan that is right for you.
- Workplace Options EAP is available to Rockwell Automation employees globally. Wherever you work and whenever you need it, the EAP is there for you. Refer to the website or this flyer for global contact information. Keep in mind that while our EAP is now available to Rockwell Automation employees globally, the U.S. network of EAP providers hasn’t changed.
Published: March 13, 2014
Make the Holidays Happier With the EAP
‘Tis the season for parties, shopping, decorating, baking, entertaining, cooking and spending time with family and friends. For many people, it’s also a season for stress. But it doesn’t have to be. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers tips to help you reduce stress and enjoy the holidays.
You can explore the EAP website for articles and tips on the largest sources of holiday stress: holiday spending, dealing with family, managing your health, balancing work and more. (See examples below.) If you need more support and want to speak with a licensed clinical professional, call 1.800.892.1415 (on or after Jan. 1, 2014, call 1.855.897.4044). Professionals are standing by for you 24/7.
Helpful Holiday Articles
Dealing With Family
- Managing Your Family’s Expectations Over the Holidays
- Helping Children Cope With Holiday Stress: Tips for Parents
- Surviving the Holidays and Your In-laws
- Stepfamily Holidays and Traditions
- Handling Holiday Office Parties
- Holiday Time: Tips to Manage Work Stress
- Workplace Gift Giving: When, What and for Whom?
- Creating a Happy and Healthy Holiday Outlook (webinar)
- The Winter Holidays: What Are You Celebrating?
- Beating Those Post-holiday Blues
- Grief and Loss: Coping During the Holidays
Published: December 5, 2013