It’s where well-deserved time off meets the demands of preparing for the open of the academic semester.
It’s the intersection of finishing ambitious summer projects and merging back into the faster pace of fall.
Navigating August to September as an employee of the University of Maine System means putting the best foot forward to ensure students experience successful outcomes.
It can be stressful.
How you choose to manage stress is a choice as individual as each and every one of us, but there are some resources available to all benefits-eligible members of our higher education community.
Ever heard of the Cigna Stress Management Tool Kit? It’s a section of myCigna devoted to the recognition that everyone experiences some form of stress and whether it is evaluating its cause or exploring mindful techniques for its control, there is support available.
Beyond the available resources in the Tool Kit, you may want to take advantage of monthly EAP On-Demand webinars that you can listen to live or replays that are available for a year after the live presentation. The range of topics includes everything from mindfulness, there’s that word again, to coping techniques and workplace dynamics. Registration is easy and you can access the information at a time that is most convenient to your busy schedule.
And, don’t overlook the power of your Employee Assistance Program benefit, free
as University of Maine System employee. The address has changed,
[Visit myCigna, log in, click on “review my coverage, click on EAP and you’re there], but you’ll be surprised at
the range of service provided not to mention opportunities to connect with trained counseling professionals.
You can contact the EAP by using the “click-to-chat” feature on myCigna.com or by calling 877-622-4327.
Sometimes finding information can be stressful all by itself, but the University of Maine’s benefit partner, Cigna, can be a great place to start in managing the demands that go with setting up for a successful September.