Snow emergency in Boston
Mayor Walsh has declared a snow emergency ahead of the forecasted mid-week winter storm. A parking ban in the City starts at 6 p.m. Residents can start parking at discounted garages at 4 p.m. today.

This month, we share self-care tips and links to help those who may be struggling during the 2020 holidays. 

With thanksgiving behind us and the end-of-year holidays approaching, we want to talk about taking care of your mental health. For many, the holidays have been a time for celebration, gift-giving, and sharing happy memories with family and friends, and are life affirming and rejuvenating.  Even during a “typical” year, however, the holiday season can be a difficult time for many, who cope with tough responsibilities, financial obligations, lowered mood due to weather change, or grief and mourning lost loved ones.   

Unfortunately, 2020 has been far from a typical year, and many have been left reeling. Plainly, we are as a nation currently weathering the worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, on the heels of a divisive and bitter national election. Surges in depression, anxiety, and substance use have not slowed. Many individuals and families’ incomes have been devastated by job loss. Those responsibly adhering to social distancing guidelines pay the price of isolation and reliance on technology to connect with loved ones, and those that risk in-person meetings flirt with the threat of illness or death.

That’s why, right now we at the Employee Assistance Program are emphasizing the importance of active, engaged, scheduled self-care for you and your loved ones.    Self-care is not a luxury, it is a necessity! We offer these ideas as absolute essentials for managing stress this holiday season.

We wanted to share these links below as well:

For those looking to engage more on this vital topic, we want to take this opportunity to highlight our new Holiday 2020 Stress Reduction presentation, held over zoom on Friday, December 11, 18, and 25 at 12 p.m. This presentation is open to Employees, family, and retirees, so please join us!

Stay safe, stay socially distant, wear a mask, and we’ll see you in 2021.