Feeling stressed? Here are ways to support your emotional well-being

Start with a self-screening tool to see where you need help, follow up with these other resources

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During the second quarter of the year, JHU Healthy at Hopkins is focusing on emotional well-being, one of the four primary pillars of well-being. (The others are physical, social, and financial.)

As the university explores these quarterly themes, it is highlighting the plethora of Hopkins resources available to support you on your well-being journey.

Here are tools to consider using in the coming months.

Emotional wellness screening

How are you doing right now? What do you need? The CCA@YourService app offers a detailed self-screening tool to help you understand where you need more support in the areas of sleep, substance abuse, depression, and more. After the assessment, the app provides educational modules to support you where you are, and it also refers you to JHEAP, the Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program. Read this flyer to learn more about the app, and then follow these steps to access or download it.

  • Search CCA@YourService in your phone's app store and download the app.
  • Select the Get Started button on the welcome screen.
  • Enter the access code JHEAP and select Continue.

Support for alcohol and substance use

If you find yourself increasing the use of alcohol and other substances to manage your stress, use the emotional screening tool on the CCA@YourService app as a first step to seeing whether your recreational use is becoming abuse and, if it is, schedule an appointment with a JHEAP counselor.

JHEAP also offers educational material such as Alcohol and Your Health and Support for Substance Abuse.

Consult with your doctor and insurance carrier. JHU medical plans provide support for substance abuse and also assistance with smoking and tobacco use.

What's your financial stress score?

Take a financial stress test through your free Marsh McLennan Agency's Prosper Wise Money Mindfulness Program or attend a live webinar at noon on Tuesday, May 23, to learn about JHU's financial education and consultation services through MMA's Prosper Wise Financial Well-Being Program. Register for the webinar here.

Join a networking support group

Find upcoming dates on the Benefits & Worklife Workshops & Webinars webpage for the Retirement Readiness Networking Group, Adult Caregiving Networking Group, Caregiving for Children With Disabilities, and Cancer Support Group.

Starting a family?

Visit the Family & Caregiving Programs webpage to learn about resources to support your growing family.

Calm your mind and get moving

Calm app premium membership. JHU students, faculty, and staff have free access to the Calm app, which provides meditation instruction, sleep assistance, videos on mindful movement and stretching, and relaxing music. You can use the app from your phone or desktop device. To get started, create an account at calm.com/jhu using your @jhu.edu or @jhmi.edu email address, and then download the app onto your phone or device.

Clarity Capsule. If you're in East Baltimore, stop by this unique individual meditation booth in the Ross Building to add some tranquillity and rejuvenation to your day.

Burnalong. Head to Burnalong's Mental Health Playlist and view a variety of recorded videos to support your mental health. Burnalong also offers thousands of on-demand and live classes to get you moving.

New JHU Healthy at Hopkins offerings. Take advantage of these well-being options that you can use at work with your colleagues or at home with your family.

  • Onsite fitness classes for departments. Starting in May, departments will be able to request on-site fitness classes through the Benefits & Worklife Departmental Workshops and Webinars webpage.

  • Universitywide Spring Into Well-Being Challenge. Full-time employees will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and each other during the JHU Spring Into Well-Being Challenge. From May 1 to May 31, log as many Burnalong class minutes as you can. The top-five participants with the highest number of minutes will win a prize, plus there will be weekly drawings for random winners chosen out of all participants. Details can be found here.

For more information about stress management, read April is Stress Awareness Month.

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