• October 23, 2020

Maintaining Your Health

Focusing on Your Health

There is no better time than now to focus on getting healthier and/or maintaining your current health. Visit our Focus on Your Health page to read monthly Living Well newsletters. Each newsletter features an important health topic, offers fitness tips and includes a healthy recipe. Check back regularly, as a new newsletter will be added each month!

Worried about your mental health? An easy way to find out if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Mental health disorders are more common than you may think and nearly half of the population will meet the criteria at some time in their life. Mental Health America offers a free screening tool for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other conditions.*

*Please note: Online screening tools are meant to be a quick snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.

Discount Tire health plans offer mental health coverage. Log in to your health plan’s website or call the number on the back of your card for help finding an in-network mental health provider and for estimated costs for treatment.

Take Care of Yourself

During stressful times it is important to make time to take care of yourself. Your mental, emotional and physical health are key factors in managing stress. Setting up a routine which includes self-care is a great way to add structure to your day. Check out these Easy Ways to Sneak in Self-Care and be sure to eat healthy meals, get enough sleep and incorporate some physical activity into your routine.

Self-Care Tips

  • Speak nicely to yourself – show yourself the same compassion you would show a good friend.
  • Set yourself in motion – take a quick walk, stretch, or a dance around your room.
  • Breathe stress away – even a few minutes of focused breathing can help.
  • Focus on what’s good – use a gratitude app or journal to express what you’re grateful for.
  • Spend time with a friend or family – while social distancing connection is key and can be done virtually.
  • Nourish yourself – keep your energy up with a healthy snack.
  • Give yourself some credit – write down at least three things you’re good at or like about yourself.
  • Call it a day early – a good night’s rest might do you wonders.

Stay Active

Working from home, online school, temporary business closures and practicing social distancing can all contribute to people living a less active lifestyle. It is important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

Have the recent stay-at-home orders stopped you from going to the gym, or changed your usual exercise routine? Learn more about exercising without equipment or try some home abs workouts when you cannot make it to the gym. At home or in the office, desk exercises may help keep you active if you find yourself sitting for extended periods of time.

Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routines.

Dealing With Stress

A healthy body and mind can better handle stressful situations. Try deep breathing when you feel stressed. Exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques may also help to lower your stress levels.

If not managed, stress can become overwhelming and may cause physical health issues. It is important for you to be aware of the physical symptoms caused by stress, practice coping tools to manage your stress, and to seek help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Read through Are You Emotionally Overwhelmed for more information on the physical symptoms of stress and coping activities that may help you lower your stress.

Webinar (previously recorded): Tools to Handle COVID-19 Related Stress. This webinar focuses on stress-reducing techniques like being accountable, engaging in activities and taking breaks to step away from stressors. Full-time employees eligible for the Employee Assistance Program may also login to the Guidance Resources website for access to additional webinars and other resources.

Managing Anxiety and Combatting Fear

COVID-19 has led to an increase in anxiety and fear. Everyone reacts differently these types of situations, especially children and those with higher risk of severe illness. It is important for you and your health to pay attention to and try to minimize your levels of stress, anxiety and fear.

COVID-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress offers tips on supporting yourself and reducing stress in yourself and others. Coronavirus: Combating Fear offers tips on coping with fear, keeping stress levels low, and helping others cope with fear.

Remember, stress can exaggerate fear, so be sure to take care of yourself. A healthy body and mind can better handle stressful situations.

Additional Resources

Visit the Rally website for more information about keeping in touch, maintaining a healthy routine, home workouts, parent and caregiver resources, and more. Full-time employees on the UHC medical plan may register and log in for access to additional program information and eligible members may also join the Real Appeal weight loss program.

Visit the Sharecare website for more information about diet and nutrition, fitness, weight loss, relaxation techniques and more. Full-time employees on the BCBS medical plan may register and log in for access to additional program information.

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