Many of us have always-on lifestyles with constant news and updates from friends, family and social media. This constant connection can sometimes makes us feel overwhelmed and have more stress and anxiety. With so many things distracting us, it’s important to find time to destress.
What is stress and anxiety?
Stress is our response to external events like an argument, being in an accident or dealing with high-pressure situations. Stress usually goes away once the situation that caused it is over. Anxiety is your body’s reaction to stress and usually involves a feeling of apprehension or dread that does not go away. Both stress and anxiety can negatively affect your health by causing you to feel uneasy or have tension, headaches, high blood pressure and loss of sleep.
What can I do to cope with stress?
Learning what causes or triggers your stress and using coping techniques to help reduce those feelings can help improve your wellbeing.
Here are some ideas to help you cope with stress:
When you should seek help
If you find you are struggling to reduce or cope with your feelings of stress and anxiety, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find resources, treatment options or refer you to a mental health provider.
If you don’t have a doctor, you can find one using our Find Care tool on the member website and in the Blue Cross of Idaho member app. Make sure to log in when searching for a doctor so that you only see doctors who are in your network.
If you or someone you know are struggling with chronic stress, mental illness or a substance use disorder, here are some resources that can help you get support:
Download the Blue Cross of Idaho member app
Get all the important features you need for on-the-go care with our member app. In the member app, you can search for a doctor or facility, view and send your member ID card, view your claims and more. Download the member app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Posted: May 10, 2023