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Mental Health and Wellness


What is a furlough?

A furlough is the placing of an employee in a temporary nonduty, nonpay status because of lack of work or funds, or other nondisciplinary reasons (from the Office of Personnel Management).

Managing Your Mental Health on a Furlough

Remember that you are allowed to grieve. 

  • Give yourself compassion
  • Structure your day: give yourself a routine
  • Get dressed everyday
  • Try to get enough sleep
  • Regular exercise
  • Remember to eat (well-balanced meals)
  • Drink enough water
  • Get outside and enjoy nature
  • Make time to socialize (even if it is just virtually)
  • Explore your hobbies (or explore things you enjoyed as a child)
  • Volunteer
  • Learn a new skill
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Achieve a goal
  • Do your best to give yourself hope (be patient with and kind to yourself on this one)
  • Check to make sure you are getting all of the unemployment benefits you deserve.
  • Set a furlough budget
  • Ask any questions you have about being furloughed and the benefits you retain--you have a right to be informed.

These tips are compiled from the following articles:

Employee Assistance Program Intro Poster

Tips for Navigating Unemployment Benefits