LIFELINE is a voluntary, confidential, FREE, service that provides benefits eligible employees and their dependents with counseling and referral services. It is an employee benefit sponsored by HealthQuest, the State of Kansas employee health promotion program.
Resolutions for a "Less Stress" New Year
Resolving to lead a healthier and more stress free lifestyle is a good way to begin the New Year. Remember, it's important to set realistic goals for yourself. It takes time to develop a bad habit, so don't expect to change things overnight. Try to work on only one habit at a time. It can become overwhelming if you try to change too much, too soon.
The following resolutions are aimed at improving your emotional health. They emphasize positive accomplishments so you can focus on success instead of failure. Pick just one or two of the following suggestions and you'll feel better about yourself when next year rolls around.
I resolve to develop a strong social support network. Studies have shown that people who have supportive relatives, friends and co-workers are sick less often than those who don't. Be a friend to others and keep your family close and caring.
I resolve to clean up my psychological pollution. People who live long lives characteristically possess a positive attitude about life. Resolve to stop indulging in negative thinking which can pollute your mind and negatively influence your health.
I resolve to be nice. For your heart's sake, make an effort to control a bad temper. Studies have shown that anger and hostility may be as bad for your heart as smoking and high blood pressure. Keep an open mind. Instead of always thinking the worst of people, try to see their side of things. Count to 10 before you decide someone is "out to get you."
I resolve to drink moderately, if at all. Of the ten leading causes of death each year, alcohol is a contributing factor in six of them. Two related resolutions are to never drink and drive and to never ride with someone who has been drinking.
I resolve to better manage my stress. As we all know, too much stress can have a very negative impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Make it a point to take an active role in better understanding the stressors in your life and develop ways to better help you deal with them. Regular exercise, relaxation techniques, involvement in a hobby on a regular basis can help you gain perspective on your problems and relieve anxiety.
I resolve to pat myself on the back. Take stock of your accomplishments and assets at least once a month. Self-confidence is a potent antidote to stress.
If you have questions about the stressors in your life or if you are looking for additional ways to become more stress resilient, remember the HealthQuest LIFELINE program is confidential and available 24 hours a day at 800-284-7575.
Summary of CORE LIFELINE Employee Assistance Services
Call LIFELINE 1-800-284-7575 at any time, day or night 7 days a week for help handling life's stresses. State of Kansas benefits eligible employees and their dependent children can receive the following benefits:
1-4 face-to-face sessions (per issue) with an EAP counseling service for a wide variety of problems:
- Day-to-day stresses
- Depression and anxiety
- Major life traumas
- Problems with co-workers or supervisor
- Stress due to layoffs or furloughs
- Marital and family issues
- Drug and alcohol issues
The following services are also available:
- Elder care consultations with an elder care specialist
- Legal consultation with an attorney - one per year
- Financial consultations with a professional
- Extended benefit for employees and immediate family members for 6 months after any layoff action.
- Healthy Life Programs
- Life Coaching (employee only)
- Healthy Weight Program (employee and dependents)
Take advantage of this valuable employee benefit. For help with the day-to-day stressors of life, simply call LIFELINE at 1-800-284-7575 any time, day or night 7 days a week. That's all you need to do. Just pick up the phone. Your call with be completely confidential.