Stay Well

Supporting our Highlanders during COVID-19

In an effort to provide employees with resources to stay well in this unprecedented time, this website has been established to share information and resources to support the physical, mental, and emotional health of our Highlanders.  Employees are encouraged to take advantage of these resources, especially if they are struggling with anxiety or stress, to effectively navigate the pressures associated with COVID-19.

Resources for Working Remotely

Social Distancing

Social distancing is the best way to protect your health and your community.  Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Source: CDC

Mental Health During COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, everyone has different reactions to the burden of stress due to the novel coronavirus

You may experience: 

  • Increased stress and anxiety beyond your normal levels
  • Concerns about balancing school, work, and relationships from home 
  • Anger and anxiety about having to confine your daily movement to one space  
  • A desire to use unhealthy coping mechanisms that interfere with normal eating, sleeping, and self-care behaviors, such as eating too much or too little, and excessive use of drugs or alcohol
  • Boredom and frustration because you may not be able to go about your daily routine
  • Symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or sleeping too little or too much 

How to support yourself:

  • Connect with others. Reach out to people you trust using text messaging, the telephone, emails, video chats, and social media to keep in touch and talk about how you are doing.
  • Maintain a routine and take care of your body. Stick to a sleep schedule and eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. It’s good to be knowledgeable, but too much exposure can become overwhelming.
  • Identify things you are hopeful for or grateful for in your life.
  • Infuse some variety into your daily activities. Try something new you have been meaning to do.

Source: Informaiton from CDC

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employees who are participating in one of the health plans offered by the state can take advantage of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These services offer counseling sessions for employees and their dependents with up to four sessions at no charge. EAP counselors are available to assist employees with issues related to: alcohol, drugs, family, health, legal, financial, housing, mental health, child care, elder care, grief, spousal/child/parent abuse, workplace, career planning and retirement.

Anthem (COVA Care) 

  • Phone: 1-855-223-9277
  • Online Services | Select login, enter COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA for Company Code, then select the Commonwealth of Virginia link.
  • Anthem Website

Aetna (COVA HealthAware) 

Kaiser Permanente - EAP

  • Phone: 1-866-517-7042
  • Kaiser Permanente Website

Stay Active

Physical activity can help you clear your mind and get rid of all that extra stress. A stretch in the morning, a jog outside, or a dance party on video chat with friends can improve your emotional and physical health.

Try these free workout videos to turn your home into a personal gym! (and be sure to consult with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program)