A Fit Mind

Mental Health Awareness

Millions of people across the country are affected by mental illness. They include people from all walks of life — farmers, CEOs, stay-at-home moms and everyone in between. They include people who work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day. 

  • 1 in 5 of U.S. adults experience mental illness. 

  • 17 percent of youth ages 6-17 experience mental illness.

  • 1 in 25 of U.S. adults experience serious mental illness. 

6 Strategies for Improving Your Emotional Health

How you feel can affect how you carry out everyday activities, your relationships and your overall mental health. How you react to your feelings can change over time. Emotional wellness is the ability to handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and hard times. Learning ways to deal with stress can improve your emotional health. 

Build Resilience

People who are emotionally well tend to have fewer negative emotions and are more likely to be able to bounce back from hard times faster. Learning healthy ways to cope and how to find and use resources in your community can help you build resilience. 

Reduce Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Stress can give you a rush of energy when its needed most. But if stress lasts a long time, this can become harmful rather than helpful. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress can boost your ability to bounce back. 

Get Quality Sleep

To fit in everything we want to do in our day, we often sacrifice much needed sleep. This is not a healthy thing to do because sleep affects both mental and physical health. It’s extremely important for your well-being. When you’re tired, you simply are not at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, helps you react quickly and improves mental focus. Take steps to make sure you regularly get a good night’s sleep. 

Strengthen Social Connections

Social connections might also help protect your health and help you to live longer. Scientists are finding that our relationships have powerful effects on our health — both emotionally and physically. It doesn’t matter who the relationship is with, social connections can influence our well-being. 

Cope with Loss

When someone you love dies, your world changes. There is no right or wrong way to mourn. Although the death of a loved one can feel overwhelming, most people can make it through the grieving process with the support of family and friends. It is important to learn healthy ways to help you through difficult times.

Be Mindful

Understanding mindfulness can be simple. It means to be completely aware of what’s happening in the present — of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you. It means not living your life on “autopilot.” Becoming a more mindful person takes commitment and practice. 

We've Got Your Back 

Living with any health condition can feel overwhelming. It can help to have your own personal care manager — a licensed clinician who can help you make sense of what you’re going through. You may be unsure about which goals are realistic for you now, or which treatment options are covered and how they work. We can provide you with the resources and information you need to cope. 

Connect with a Care Manager today through the My Health Planner app at www.MyHealthPlanner.com or by phone. If you have questions or need more information, call us at 855-838-5897 and select option 2. You can also email us at CareTeam@bcbssc.com

Health A to Z

Health A to Z providers you information and answers on many health topics. With this health tool you can: 

  • Check Symptoms.
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  • Get Helpful Information on Health Topics.

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