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One out of five U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. And over time, poor mental health can impact our physical health. This link between mental and physical health is why we’re committed to a whole-person approach to care that can help you reach a more positive state of well-being.

Stress Less During the Holidays

Explore the tools and resources to help you improve your mental well-being and manage your mental health that are available in your member account on floridablue.com. Once logged in, click Find and Get Care, then select Mental Well-Being.  

What resources does Florida Blue offer to help me manage holiday stress?

One valuable tool available at no extra cost to our fully insured Florida Blue and Florida Blue Medicare members is our digital mental well-being program, meQuilibrium*. This self-guided personalized program improves resiliency skills and helps with mental well-being — something 

we can all use right now. Our behavioral health partner, New Directions Behavioral Health, also offers resources and tools to help you manage all year long. And, if you need more personalized support, New Directions Behavioral Health navigators can help you connect with a range of mental health care professionals from acute to long-term treatment and recovery. Our in-network services are available in-person or in some cases, also as virtual visits. Call New Directions Behavioral Health at 866-287-9569 to get connected to care.

Be kind to yourself during the holidays. Get started by reading A Guide to Holiday Survival below from New Directions Behavioral Health. You’ll get five great tips for a healthier, happier holiday season. You can also catch a recording of Dr. Kim Sundling’s “Resilience During the Holidays” webinar for some timely, useful tips.

A Guide to Holiday Survival: 5 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

For many, the holidays are a time to share in the joy of family traditions and create new special memories. But for some, these expectations can make holidays stressful, especially for those that feel disconnected from family or friends, those that feel alone, or those that may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. Regardless of your situation, some degree of stress and tension around the holidays should be expected. Consider some of these suggestions to help prepare you for this busy time of year and make the holidays a special time in your own way.

1. Create Your Own Traditions

The holidays are directly connected to the traditions of the past. When those traditions are connected to painful or troubling memories, it's time to create healthy traditions of your own. Think of new events you can participate in on your own or invite new people to join you in an old tradition. Make a point to keep your new traditions alive each year, and they will start to add happy memories to your holiday spirit.

2. Be a Participant

Sometimes what you need are good friends around you. Look for opportunities to get involved in holiday activities that get you out having fun with friends and family. Attend parties, 

invite friends to local activities or even take a trip to some regional events. A little holiday spirit can go a long way.

3. Ask Others to Chip In

Just because you are hosting the holiday event does not mean everyone else gets to sit back and do nothing. Remember, the true meaning of holidays often comes down to sharing the holiday experience with the ones you love and feeling thankful and blessed. Welcome everyone to share his or her favorite recipe or bring a game that helps unite everyone. Getting together on a holiday because of tradition is one thing but joining families and creating new memories and traditions may bring you closer and make the time you spend together more meaningful.

4. Keep Your Life in Focus

It can be easy to focus on what you don't have and not what you do have, during the holidays. Make a point to celebrate the good things in your life. Contact your friends and remind them of how much you value their friendship and support. Another great way to remind yourself of how fortunate you are is to volunteer at a local charity or food kitchen to help others and give back to your community.

5. Be Willing to Get Help

The holiday blues can be difficult to manage for anyone, but for some, they can be especially limiting and inhibit your ability to function regularly. If you need help, talk to someone — a friend, a loved one or a trained counselor. Talking about how you're feeling and what triggers those feelings can teach you new ways to cope and can help keep your holiday blues at bay.

Source: This article was written by Life Advantages - Author Dr. Delvina Miremadi ©2021 and provided by New Directions Behavioral Health.

*meQuilibrium is an independent company contracted by Florida Blue to provide health and wellness services and resources to members. This benefit is available to Florida Blue members age 18 and older. Eligibility is limited to members with an individual or family plan, an individual or family ACA plan and members with coverage from their fully insured group employer health plan.

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