With the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as Coronavirus, continuing to impact all of our daily lives, it is more important than ever that we take the time to care for ourselves and our families. This means staying active, eating nutritious foods, sleeping well, reducing stress and keeping a positive attitude. Below are wellness resources designed to help faculty, staff and their family members during this unprecedented and challenging time.
The following resources are available to help keep you and your family active and moving
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellness and Recreation is bringing you all the things you love, without leaving the house. Check their website each weekday for new and exciting workouts that can be completed in the comfort of your own home. Workout videos and additional content will also be shared on their social media platforms, so please follow them so you do not miss out.
Join a live fitness class, follow along to pre-recorded workouts and much more!
- ThriveWell- Setting up your system for success (pre-recorded) – Reach your goals by setting up a system for success
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a range of challenges and stressors in our personal and professional lives. The following emotional wellbeing, meditation and mindfulness resources are available to help
The NC State University Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) Program provides support, resources and information, for personal and work-life issues. The FASAP Program is university-sponsored, confidential, and provided at no charge to Faculty, Staff and members of their households. The program is administered through a third-party provider, ComPsych.
You can access additional information on the FASAP program online or via telephone:
- Call: 866.467.0467
- Go online: guidanceresources.com
- TDD: 800.697.0353
- Your NC State Web ID: FASAP
- Informed or Infirmed? Healthy Media Consumption During Major News Events
In response to the recent events in Washington, DC the ComPsych training team has created a 5 minute training session called “Informed or Infirmed? Healthy Media Consumption During Major Events”. Watch now
- Coping with Uncertainty About COVID-19
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, it’s normal to feel fear and uncertainty. People have a powerful need to understand and predict their environments in order to feel in control. This course includes practical tips for coping with uncertainty and re-establishing control. Watch Now
- Informed Or Infirmed? Healthy Media Consumption As Election Day Approaches
As Election Day nears, are your media consumption habits helping you make good decisions, or are they making you sick? The upcoming election is a significant source of stress and anxiety for many people. Participating in social media discussions, reading newspapers, following your favorite political pundits, and watching election news on TV can help you stay informed and engaged. If you’re not careful though, you may use these avenues in unhealthy ways that make you feel worse. This training will help you implement healthy media consumption habits that don’t damage your mental and physical wellbeing. Watch Now
- Difficult Conversations During A Time Of Unrest Across America
Millions of people across the country have read about and watched footage from tragic events over the past several days. It’s normal for events like this to generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home and at the workplace. Discussions about polarizing issues that surface can be tense or even downright destructive. Avoiding such conversations is not always a good solution. For children, events like this can help shape their belief systems. It’s important for adults to pay attention to the way they respond to children during these times. In this webinar, we’ll discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your important relationships. We’ll also discuss productive ways to talk about the events with children. Watch Now
- On-Demand Training: Stress Management
Stress: A Way of Life or a Fact of Life offers tips on how to control stress instead of letting it control us. Watch Now
- On-Demand Training: Managing Emotions
This brief online training can help anyone who is struggling to keep their emotions in control in the workplace. Watch Now
- Resource Guide: Mental Health First Aid
This short guide explains how best to approach and offer help to someone who is suffering. Watch Now
- Tools To Handle Covid-19-Related Stress
This workshop focuses on specific activities to reduce stress caused by COVID-19. Participants will review proven stress-reducing techniques to such as: being accountable and recognizing the choices we can make, engaging in activities that encourage us such as hobbies, remembering past successes and how we have survived previous stressful situations, and taking breaks where we step away from a stressor for a moment of personal renewal. All of these techniques can help us to de-stress, and then do what we need to do in a more effective way. Watch Now
- Self-Isolating Together: How to Get Along With Your Partner and Kids During The Pandemic
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in our everyday lives. We’re now spending more time than ever with the people we love. While there are many benefits to this added family time there are certainly struggles as well. Juggling multiple schedules, emotions and needs – all in one space – can be challenging. This session will help you navigate your relationship with your partner/spouse and kids while supporting your own wellbeing. Watch Now
The practice of mindfulness – the capacity to be fully present in the moment – is a way to cultivate a calm, focused mind and to offset the negative effects of stress and avoid burnout. Taking care of our own well-being through practices of self-inquiry and self-reflection benefits ourselves and those around us. Mindfulness offers a way to care for one another and our students through kindness, empathy and compassion. Start your week with the intention to practice mindfulness.
Join us every Monday to practice movement, breathe, meditate and simply be in community with fellow NC State faculty and staff.
This program is suitable for all levels and open to NC State faculty and staff. No special equipment or training is needed. You must be an authenticated user to join the Zoom session link. Register through REPORTER https://reporter.ncsu.edu/link/courseview?courseID=PRV-OFD&deptName=PRV
Sessions are led by OFD Program Evaluation Specialist Dr. Jennifer Stanigar, Dr. Stanigar is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher who has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation classes for over 20 years.
Free online resources to help you relieve stress and find inner peace:
During the COVID-19 crisis, NC State Wellness and Recreation is offering Faculty and Staff FREE ACCESS to their healthy living series!
Healthy Living Series
Take charge of your health this year by enrolling in the Healthy Living Series. Being an employee comes with unique challenges and circumstances that can make it tough to prioritize your health and well-being. Together we will take charge of your health, discover strategies, gain knowledge, and provide accountability every step of the way. Learn ways to get moving, eat better, manage your stress and achieve your wellness goals to establish lasting lifestyle changes.
What you get
4-week health and wellness educational sessions that include:
- Group support and accountability
- Educational workbook and materials
- Functional tools to assist you in your journey
- Ongoing support from a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Click here to register for the Healthy Living Series.
- Ombuds 20: Join Faculty Ombuds and NC State Wellness every Wednesday at 12 pm for guided meditation.
- Pack to Sleep’ Challenge Aims to Help You Get Better Sleep
- Combating Stress and Anxiety in Family Life
- OIED Mental Health Tips and Resources
Mental Health First Aid– Be the Difference
Be Financially Well
We understand that many people have concerns about the state of their finances and retirement plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following resources are available to help
2021 Workshops coming soon!
- NC State Campus Financial Advisors
Meet (virtually until further notice) with representatives from our retirement plan vendors for financial and retirement-related advice. These certified financial advisers meet with employees at no cost or obligation to the employee and provide expert advice and resources to NC State Staff and Faculty.
- Understanding Credit and Borrowing Basics– PNC
- Staying the Course For Retirement – CAPTRUST
- Investors React to Spreading Coronavirus – CAPTRUST
- Coronavirus: Trading an uncertain market – Fidelity
- Coronavirus and the power of mindful investing – Fidelity
- 7 Principles for Investing in Volatile Markets – Fidelity
- Global Lookout: When is it safe to come out? – TIAA
- Nuveen Coronavirus Update– TIAA
Support the health of you and your loved ones through good nutrition
State Health Plan members ages 6 and older can access nutrition and weight management benefits through the 80/20 & 70/30 health plans. In-network dietitian visits delivered in an office, urgent care or outpatient facility are covered 100%. Services include the following:
- Nutritional Counseling
- Obesity Screening
- Behavioral Intervention
To find an in-network dietitian, use the Find a Doctor tool and search under “Specialist” for a licensed dietitian/nutritionist. Many providers are now offering tele-health or virtual visit during COVID-19. These types of visits are covered under your Plan benefits. Contact your provider to determine if virtual visits are available.
For more information on this benefit visit www.shpnc.org.
Virtual nutrition counseling is also available to State Health Plan members through LifeStyle Medical Center.
Blue365 is the leading health and wellness discount program offering State Health Plan members savings on fitness and wellness related services. Blue 365 offers discounts on nutrition programs like The Produce Box, Nutrisystem, Sunbasket Healthy Dinners and more.
Blue 365 Deal: The Produce Box offers affordable, farm-fresh produce delivered to your home or NC State’s campus*. Customize your box and fill it with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, meats and specialty items from the weekly online menu, which has over 100 items from local farmers and artisans.
State Health Plan members receive a free 12-month membership and $10 off the first order. Sign up today with code: BLUE365
* NC State campus deliveries have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact the produce box to change your delivery location.
Learn Tips and Resources to help you eat smart, and move more each day.
Tips and Tools: Find out what food is in season in North Carolina, take a virtual trip through the grocery store aisle by aisle, and learn about healthier food and snack options.
Core Behaviors: Learn about the Eat Smart, Move More eight Core Behaviors. Click on each one to learn strategies that you and your family can adopt.
- Feed the Pack Food Pantry is an on campus food pantry open to staff, faculty and students.
- MEDinsteadofmeds.com The Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers nutrition articles, tips, video and activities for individuals and families managing the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- CDC guidelines and tips on healthy nutrition
- Dietary Guidelines
- Choose My Plate
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- NC State Libraries Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations
- Flourish: An Online Arts & Mental Wellness Initiative
- NC State Extension COVID-19 Portal
- Office of Information Technology: Beware of COVID-19 Scams
- Benefit Plans Response to COVID-19
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- University Human Resources: Pandemic Guidelines and Resources
- NCSU Coronavirus Response