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Practice Healthy Habits

  • Take care of your body. Drink plenty of fluids, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat nutritious foods. Participate in various resources from Pepperdine's Campus Recreation department.

  • Stay mentally healthy. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. For relaxation, light a candle or set-up a diffuser with a calming scent, such as lavender.

  • Make time to unwind. Pursue activities that you enjoy such as reading a book, cooking a healthy meal, taking a walk outside, or playing games with loved ones. Listen to calming sounds, such as nature sounds, when going to sleep.

  • Rewatch previous Pepperdine webinars on various topics such as navigating relationships, leading through fearful times, and performance management.

  • Practice mindfulness. Take deep breaths, stretch, workout, or meditate. Use online resources such as on LinkedIn Learning, for free learning, meditation, and virtual exercise programs. Surround your space with bright colors that bring positivity.

  • Create a routine. Log your healthy habits on the HealthAdvocate website to maintain accountability.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about how you are feeling. Reference resources or articles on managing stress through the HealthAdvocate website.

  • Get help. Call your healthcare provider or the Employee Assistance Program if stress gets in the way of your daily activities. Call 866-799-2728 to make a free, confidential appointment for you or your dependent(s) through EAP.

This information has been offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Telemedicine and Healthcare

Speak with a doctor quickly and without having to go to the office! Both Kaiser and Anthem members have access to medical professionals through telemedicine, details below. Additionally, the testing and treatment of Coronavirus is 100% covered by Pepperdine plans.

Aetna Teledoc

Teladoc gives you 24/7 access to board-certified doctors by phone, video or mobile app. Talk to a doctor in minutes and get a diagnosis, treatment, and prescription (when needed), for non-emergency medical needs. Teledoc is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You may access these services by phone: 1-855-Teladoc (1-855-835-2362), by video: or by mobile app: download the Aetna Health or Teladoc app to get started.


Kaiser members can schedule a telephone or video appointment and expect their doctor to call in a one-hour window. Typically, members must have had at least one face-to-face visit in the past. Call the number on the back of your membership card or visit

Kaiser members have access to the Calm and myStrength apps at no cost. These helpful self-care tools can help you ease anxiety, sleep better, and improve focus. For more information, please visit

Kaiser members also have access to ClassPass at no cost. This helpful exercise tool gives members access to over 4,000 on-demand fitness classes, such as cardio, dance, meditation, yoga, and Pilates from top gyms and fitness studios. For more information, please visit

Practice Gratitude

There are many ways to express gratitude—through both our words and actions. When you feel grateful and take the time to express that gratitude through generosity, you are participating in the divine nature. Gratitude isn’t just a nicety on our way toward achievement—it’s embedded in the fabric of the universe and core to who we are as image bearers of God. Gratitude, or “reciprocal altruism,” can be seen demonstrated throughout creation, by birds, fish, and primates, and the value of gratitude clearly extends to both the giver and receiver. The Christian faith challenges us to recognize each moment of our lives as a gift, even the tragic and difficult ones. We are called to live out of gratitude, abundance, and appreciation, even in the midst of challenges. Our historical faith and modern research affirm that gratitude—both the giving and receiving of it—serves as the best antidote to feelings of hopelessness, despair, and dissatisfaction.

It is essential that we demonstrate a regular practice of gratitude and create a culture of value and recognition across the University. Research shows those who express gratitude are seen as more competent, and 81 percent of employees say they are willing to work harder for a grateful supervisor. Showing gratitude may be a good business practice, but it also offers the opportunity to show others they are seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are, helping them feel an authentic sense of belonging.