Your Spring Silver Lining
As the pandemic persists, putting pressure on us as individuals, families, and communities, it can feel a little overwhelming at times. We understand that there are lots of responsibilities on your plate and, with stricter lockdowns, it brings added concern and pressure with it too. Know that we’ve always got your back to support you, and that’s especially the case right now. Since spring’s always a time of refreshment and rejuvenation, we’d like to highlight a few ways to support your overall health and wellness, whether that’s at in-person appointments or remotely.
Tips for Top Wellness
- Our finger is on the pulse. Our COVID-19 page is a great place to turn for updates on what the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) as an organization is doing to support all of our covered members. Be sure to cruise through the page every now and then so that you’re up to date with all of our news.
- Mind-body connection. This pandemic has taken a toll on our mental well-being. To combat this, we’ve created a mental health site full of community resources, learning opportunities, and ASEBP-specific highlights to support you and your dependants.
- E-F-A-P for you and me. Homewood Health, your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), has a wealth of supports available like financial counselling, mental health counselling, nutrition coaching, and so much more. Contact Homewood to start your confidential conversation to find the supports that are right for you.
- Fine-tune your wellness. Paramedical services like massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments are still open in Alberta, which are wonderful supports to foster a range of health needs. Be sure to look at your plan maximums on My ASEBP or the My ASEBP Mobile App so you know how much you have per service type within your plan year.
- Guide you along. Unfortunately, medical accidents and injuries can happen at any time of year. If you end up ill or injured, let your employer know right away. This time may count towards the 90-day elimination period (which starts on the day you become ill or injured, not when you’re expected back at work) for Extended Disability Benefits. You may even qualify for the Early Intervention Program. Take a read through our Guiding you Through Life Events page to learn what to expect if you do need to take a leave.
- Know the impact. As research shows, stress can be a factor in increasing other health and well-being concerns within our minds and bodies. These are called comorbidities in the medical world. It adds a complexity to navigating everything that we may not have been aware of before stress was introduced. Be sure to check in with your healthcare provider regularly and proactively use your benefits, including your EFAP, to ensure you’re taking care of every part of you.
Giving yourself a bit of grace to feel your emotions and take a little extra time for you throughout your days can make a big difference in your overall health and wellness. Use your benefits and give yourself a bit of self-care throughout the spring. It may be that little silver lining that supports you into the summer months! If you have any questions, you can always reach out to us through a phone call or email. We’re here to help.