- Identify stressors. Acknowledge feelings of stress. What is it that’s eating at you? Is it work, or money, a relationship, or something else? Once you know this, you can begin to deal with your stress in a healthy way. Learn more about our resources to See Stress Differently with tools to visualize your stress and create a personalized plan to take care of your stress.
- Prioritize self-care. Double down on positive habits to keep stress and anxiety at bay. Focus on mindfulness or get active – even if it’s only for 5 minutes a day. Meditate, go for a walk or bike ride, try gardening, practice yoga – find what works for you to re-focus and reduce stress.
- Enjoy nature. As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, it’s tempting to stay inside. Research shows that being outdoors can help you de-stress. Take advantage of nice weather when possible – enjoy a hike or simply explore the environment around you -- and remember to practice safety and follow local COVID-19 public health guidance when doing so.
- Know when to ask for help. It’s important to recognize when you’re unable to cope with stress without help. Reach out to friends and family for support or reach out to a medical professional if you’re overwhelmed. Cigna offers many resources and tools, including a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-855-287-8400).
To learn more about behavioral health resources from Cigna, click here.