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How to Build Resilience as a Healthcare Worker

May 28, 2020

This second video in a series of three, offers ideas for health care workers looking to build their resilience and bring additional supports onboard as they continue to care for patients during the pandemic:

Validation of Emotions for Front Line Healthcare Employees

May 26, 2020

This is the first video in a series of three tailored specifically for front line healthcare workers. It offers normalization and validation for the unique emotions and experiences many workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic:


Communicating with Children about the Pandemic

May 21, 2020

We know that many UT staff and faculty members have responsibilities as caregivers to children and teens. Adding to your growing to-do list, how to talk to kids about what’s going on, can feel daunting. Check out this article that shares tips about how caregivers can talk to children about the current pandemic:

Adapting to a Crisis Condition

May 19, 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this thoughtful article that explores how we might adapt to the conditions of crisis. We at the EAP are especially moved by the invitation to self-compassion, normalizing and validating the emotions that might be arising, and the article helps offer a framework for what might be most important in current times —focusing on nourishing ourselves, caring for our family, and connecting with others where we can.

You can read the full article here:

Printable Care Package

May 14, 2020

If you are the caregiver for children, you may be facing questions of how to help support the little people in your family while staying safely at home. The Big Life Journal is offering a free packet of activities and lists for learning and movement while staying home. Available here:

Exploring Feelings of Discomfort

May 12, 2020

You may be experiencing a multitude of emotions with all going on with COVID-19.That can feel uncomfortable, overwhelming and confusing.There is a lot of loss we are and will continue to experience due to this crisis and as a result, we are grieving in many ways. This article from the Harvard Business Review offers a lens to name and explore the discomfort and distress that may be arising.

A Soft Reminder about Current Emotions

May 7, 2020

These are unprecedented times and of course it is feeling overwhelming. A therapist in the Bay Area, Lisa Olivera, LMFT, offers a soft reminder for us to consider —

“We (all of us) are currently going through a collective traumatic experience.

Trauma is often thought of as “too much, too fast”… which is exactly what’s happening.

Of course you’re exhausted.

Of course you’re afraid.

Of course you’re overwhelmed.

Of course you’re clinging to certainty in the midst of so much unknown.

Importance of Leadership Communication Skills

May 5, 2020

During uncertain and fluid times, the need for strong, calm, trustworthy leadership is more important than ever. Research helps point to several ways that leaders — whether they are managers, deans, supervisors, or professors— can improve their communication skills to maximize trust and minimize stress and anxiety:


The Importance of Sleep on Your Health

April 30, 2020

Sleep is a pillar of health. Getting enough sleep keeps your immune system strong. It is also crucial for helping you mentally cope during uncertain times. That said, it is completely natural to experience more disturbed sleep during stressful periods (such as the current pandemic) - including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than you are used to in the morning. You may also find yourself feeling more fatigued than usual.

Coping Well in Times of High Stress

April 29, 2020

In times of high stress, whether you are aware of it or not, coping takes a lot of emotional energy. You want to spend your coping energy wisely, so that the effort you put forth has the most impact in coping well. It can be helpful to take a moment and be intentional about your coping strategies.