A Message from Dr. Van H. Dunn, Chief Medical Officer, Spring 2022

Stress Relief

Try deep-breathing exercises, meditation or yoga.

Enjoy the extra daylight and sunshine outdoors by taking a walk.

Reconnect in person with friends and family members.

Don’t go it alone: talk to a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.

For more information on boosting your emotional well-being, see "Your Mental Health Matters".

These past few years have been challenging, taking a toll on the physical and emotional health of all of us. For healthcare workers and their families, it has been especially acute. Now that we have left the harshness of winter behind us and stepped into the sunshine of spring, it is time to renew our commitment to our physical and emotional well-being–one step at a time.

Protect Your Physical Health

Catching hidden conditions early can help you live a longer, Healthier Life During the COVID-19 pandemic, while many people got vaccinated against the virus, many missed routine vaccinations—such as for the flu, HPV, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis—and lifesaving cancer screenings. So, if you have not visited your doctor’s office in a while, go ahead and schedule that appointment. Even if you are feeling great, there could be hidden conditions that your doctor should screen for. Catching these conditions early can keep you on your path to health and help you lead a longer life. That is why it is important to have a doctor you can trust, who listens to you and who you feel comfortable talking with. Relationships matter, and so do you. If you need to find a doctor, visit findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

Protect Your Emotional Health

Reducing stress and anxiety can decrease chronic conditionsMany of us have suffered from greater levels of stress during the pandemic. An April 2021 national survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Washington Post showed that almost two-thirds of frontline healthcare workers said that worry related to the pandemic negatively affected their mental health. Something as simple as deep breathing can help reduce stress. Reducing stress and anxiety can decrease your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, gastrointestinal distress and other chronic conditions. So, start breathing deeply, and if you would like to talk to someone, you can reach out to our Wellness Member Assistance Program social workers to help you find a therapist or you can go directly to our network or Teladoc to find one. If you need to find a therapist, visit findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org or Teladoc.com.