When you are feeling stressed

Learn about the resources that you can rely on when you

are feeling stressed or overwhelmed

At Enjoy, the employees are the heart of everything we do. We know that delivering the best experiences for customers sometimes comes at a price and feeling stress or overwhelmed is not an uncommon feeling. 

A word about stress

In our fast-paced world stress is very common. In fact, scientists say that it's normal to have some stress: short-lived, not chronic stress can "prime the brain for improved performance". Stress releases hormones that speed up our heart, make us breathe faster, and give us a burst of energy. Stress can be useful when we need to focus on or finish a big project.

 

But too much stress or being under stress for too long isn't good. Constant stress can make us more likely to get sick more often. It can make chronic pain worse and can also lead to long-term health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, back problems and depression.

 

The good news is: we can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help keep stress at bay.

Taking care of our body

While the first thing that comes to mind when someone says that they are stressed is that they need to take a break and take care of their mental health, there is a strong mind-body connection and stress can often manifest itself in the way we feel not only mentally but also physically. 

When you start feeling stressed, pay attention how your body feels and give some TLC to your body.

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management

  • Exercise regularly – our body can fight stress better when it is fit

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals

  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation

  • Get enough rest and sleep - our body needs time to recover from stressful events

  • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress

Taking care of our mind

Our brain is a muscle that we can strengthen and taking care of our mind can make a positive effect on the way we feel emotionally and physically. 

  • Practice gratitude. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Start and finish your day with 2-3 things specific things you are grateful for. 

  • Keep a positive attitude

  • Accept that there are events that we cannot control

  • If you feel like the stress level is rising fast or you are getting a panic attack, remember there is one extremely effective tool that you always have with you - your breath! Take slow deep breaths and focus on every moment of the breathing sensation. Do it as long as you need to and you will notice that the feeling will soften. 

  • Be assertive instead of aggressive - assert our feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive

  • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in our life

  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation

  • Seek out social support and spend enough time with those we enjoy

  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with stress in our life.

National Suicide

Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know ever have suicidal thoughts, please contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. 

Employee Assistance Program

All Enjoy employees and their families can schedule face-to-face visits with clinicians, with no charge to you, for issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, workplace issues, etc.

 

24/7 support at 1-877-622-4327 www.myCigna.com

(Employer ID = enjoy) 

Learn about and access the Employee Assistance Program.

CIgna Mental Health Resources

If you are enrolled with one of the medical plans offered by Cigna, you can access a number of resources and tools to help you manage stress and live a healthier and happier life. 

There include access to a free app Happify, a digital therapeutics platform iPrevail and a Lifestyle Management available on the phone or online. 

Learn more about the resources offered by Cigna.

Kaiser Mental Health Resources

If you are enrolled with Kaiser, you don’t need a referral for mental health services. But your personal doctor is your biggest total health advocate. If you’re struggling, they can connect you with support and help you access care.

Learn more about the support offered by Kaiser. 

Whichever curve balls live throws at you - please know that you are not alone! 

 

If you need help managing stress, refer to the resources listed here or simply get in touch with the HR team by emailing people@enjoy.com or call 1-888-GO-ENJOY.