Tips to Practicing Better Self-care

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Why Self-care is Important to Help Reduce Stress

The need for self-care has never been greater. Stress levels can be elevated as we worry about our health, our loved ones and our future. So much of these worries are beyond our control but there are things you can do to help improve your mental, physical and emotional health. Try these tips to help you get through your day:

  1. Exercise regularly. Whether it’s taking a walk, practicing some yoga, or riding a bike, physical activity helps your body and your mind. Need some new ideas? Check out these easy ways to get active!    
  2. Stress less. That’s easier said than done but finding ways to reduce stress and manage your mental health can improve your quality of life. Whether you experience frequent headaches, trouble sleeping or mood swings, stress can take a toll on you physically and mentally. Try some of these coping strategies to help you manage and improve your mental health.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. The foods that you put into your body can make all the difference in how you feel.  Need help getting started with healthy eating? Read about Healthy Eating on a Budget for some useful – and cost saving – tips.
  4. Talk to a therapist. Speaking to a trained professional is a great way to help reduce stress and discuss issues that are preventing you from being your best self.  Talk to your primary care provider if you need help finding a new behavioral health specialist.
  5. Get regular sleep. The amount and the quality of your sleep play an important part in your overall well-being. Find out how sleep can affect your health and ways you can improve your sleep.

 Your health is important to us and resources are widely available to help you. This list includes behavioral health resources specific to Medicaid members.  If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please reach out for help immediately.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone who can help.