Caring for others can mean putting your own needs last. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are here to provide the resources you need to find a better balance.
Although rewarding, looking after others can be stressful. Without rest and self care, you risk burnout. We have the tools and resources to keep you going strong.
Statistics show that in 2020, nearly 53 million Americans provided care to an adult.1 Yet, many of these caregivers never ask for help. From tools to workshops and coaching, learn about getting the support you need in this A Healthier Michigan article.
If you’re looking for an easy way to connect with a mental health professional, make an appointment with your PCP for a list of references. They may recommend other behavioral or mental health options for you to try as well.
Don’t have a PCP? You can log in to your Blue Cross member account to find one.
People with anxiety tend to have persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.2
Feeling uneasy or a sense of dread
Feeling restless, nervous or irritable
Having a racing or pounding heart
Feeling you can’t catch your breath
Having an upset stomach or headache
People with depression have a series of symptoms, including hopelessness, that lasts longer than two weeks.3
Feeling hopeless or guilty
Loss of interest in activities
Having trouble concentrating
Having physical aches and pains
Changes in sleep or appetite
If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, please seek support. You can also use these at-home strategies to manage everyday stress.
Mindful breathing: The 4-7-8 technique
Inhaling for four seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds and exhaling for eight seconds can help reduce your heart rate when you feel anxious or aggravated.
If you feel overwhelmed or stretched too thin, consider limiting your commitments. Saying no is hard and takes practice. But oftentimes, saying no to others means saying yes to yourself.
Set personal goals
Depression can make you feel fatigued and throw off your regular routine. Setting a few goals to accomplish during the day and including time to be physically active can help improve your mood and energy levels.
Nourish your body
Your physical self is connected to your emotional self. Eating nutrient-rich foods and avoiding stimulants like caffeine and alcohol can help you find balance.
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