Managing Stress: Benefiting from your Benefits
Using Your Benefits
Is workplace stress getting to you? Perhaps stress from your personal life is creeping into your work? No matter what your ‘stress situation’ might be, know that you’re not alone. Your ASEBP benefits provide a variety of supports to help you cope—even thrive—when life throws you a curveball. Keep reading for tips to help manage your stress by making the most of your benefits.
- Practice self-care. It’s important to take time out for yourself to maintain your well-being. Try scheduling monthly acupuncture or massage appointments—or both!—to relieve stress. Be sure to speak with your health care provider before accessing these or other medical services to ensure they are safe for you.
- Use your spending account* dollars. If an eligible medical service (e.g. acupuncture) costs more than what your benefits cover, you’re often able to submit the remaining amount to your Health Spending Account. If you have a Wellness Spending Account, you can also be reimbursed for expenses like alternative therapies (e.g. stress management programs) not covered by your benefits. Check out our Spending Accounts page for full details.
- Take advantage of your Employee and Family Assistance Program* (EFAP). Our EFAP is a proactive health program that provides completely confidential support services to you and your family, including career coaching, information on dealing with workplace change, counselling on a variety of topics and much more. You can access your EFAP at any time for no additional cost by visiting homeweb.ca or calling the numbers listed on our Employee Wellness page under the EFAP heading.
- Talk to someone. Sometimes you need longer-term support to manage your mental health. If that’s the case, dipping into your psychology benefit may be right for you.
Any time is a good time to step back and evaluate what support you might benefit from when it comes to managing stress. If you have any questions about how your benefits can help, please contact an ASEBP benefit specialist today!
*Spending accounts and EFAPs are offered through your employer as flexible complements to your regular group benefits. Log in to My ASEBP to check if these are included in your plan.