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May 15, 2024

Stress awareness

This May we are focusing on helping our members to learn how modern life affects mental health and are providing you the resources to help manage stress, difficult emotions, and challenging situations. We have all experienced some level of stress in our lives, but we may not all know best practices to help alleviate it.  

The World Health Organization defines stress as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.

Managing stress requires a holistic approach and may vary from person to person. However, anyone can implement the Mayo Clinic’s 4 A’s of Stress Relief as a starting point to analyze and decrease their own daily stressors


  • Create distance between you and something that causes stress. If a coworker continually irritates you, create physical distance between the two of you.
  • Say no when necessary.


  • Respectfully ask someone to alter how they are treating you. Remember to use “I” statements when addressing someone about how you feel.
  • State your limitations in advance. For example, you can say, “I only have five minutes to talk.”


  • Forgive yourself and others. This is an important step in accepting stressful situations.


  • Don’t strive for perfection. Make reasonable substitutes throughout your day and ask yourself if this stressor will matter in 5 years.

Headspace for Educators

It’s meditation made simple: your personal guide to mindfulness and a restful night’s sleep.

  • Expert guidance from former monk Andy Puddicombe, teaching you the fundamentals of meditation and mindfulness
  • Themed exercises on everything from stress to sleep to self-esteem
  • A new meditation every 24 hours with Everyday Headspace
  • A growing collection of sleep sounds and bedtime exercises to help you drift off

Click below to learn more about Headspace!

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The Bucks and Montgomery County Schools Health Care Consortium

Benefits Basics is intended for distribution to members enrolled in the Bucks and Montgomery County Schools Health Care Consortium insurance plan. The Summary Plan Description available at the website provides full details of all coverage including exceptions and limitations.