Don't Let Stress Get You Down

Posted on Oct 9th 2018 by Florida Blue

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In Florida, the first day of autumn might not feel very fall-like. But we know it’s arrived when we begin to see Halloween candy and costume displays. These scenes can lurch us into panic mode, knowing it will only be a matter of time until Thanksgiving and then Christmas have come and gone. It’s no wonder the holiday season is nicknamed “hustle and bustle”: we’re left with long to-do lists, increased budgets, upcoming family gatherings and even reminders of lost loved ones.

Frustratingly, we’re bombarded with messages telling us that this is all supposed to be a happy time, full of love, laughter and light. But what if we feel differently? What do we do if stress or sadness begins to creep in? The key is to plan ahead.

If you have a Florida Blue health plan through your employer, read on for resources you can lean on in the remaining days of 2018 and beyond.

Better You Strides: Personalized Wellness Programs and Activities

Maybe you’re looking for something simple, like daily reminders or little tips and tricks you can use to keep stress level down: take deep breaths, take a time-out, take a walk. That’s where Better You Strides comes in. Download the CaféWell® app on iTunes or Google Play, create an account (sponsor code is “betteryoustrides”) and get started right away designing a plan that’s just right for you. Resources abound and include self-paced programs and online support groups and coaching sessions.

Watch this short video to learn more.

If you need help registering, call 855-337-8340 or send an email to

New Direction: 24/7 Support

No matter the time of year, life can throw a curve ball. When you’re faced with obstacles or challenges, New Directions has a team of professionals to help you figure out what kind of support you need and the tools to empower you to make meaningful changes.

Aren’t sure what steps you need to take next? Visit the New Directions website to:

  • Figure out what kind of provider you need, find the right one, and get all your paperwork in order to prep for the visit.
  • Get health resources like self-help tools, read about suicide awareness, and make a wellness plan
  • Get help with a diagnosis by reading information about conditions like depression, autism and substance abuse

Click here for their contact page so you can get in touch with the right person.

Florida Blue has entered into an arrangement with Welltok, an independent company, whereby Welltok has agreed to provide Florida Blue members with care decision support services, information and other services. Florida Blue has entered into this arrangement to provide a value-added service to its members. Please remember that all decisions that require or pertain to independent professional medical/clinical judgment or training, or the need for medical services, are solely your responsibility and the responsibility of your Physicians and other health care Providers. The programs mentioned above are subject to change. CaféWell® and Personal Health Itinerary ® are trademarks of Welltok, Inc.

Florida Blue contracts with New Directions Behavioral Health to provide behavioral health services. 

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