3 Ways to Cope in Difficult Times

Our country is in upheaval. COVID-19 fear and uncertainty persist as racial strife blazes through our communities. With a third of Americans now showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, according to the Census Bureau, it’s more important than ever that we find coping strategies to help see us through. Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is here to help.

  1. Learn and contribute what you can

    If you’re feeling helpless about challenges that seem insurmountable, you are not alone. Getting informed about the causes that matter to you can add meaning to your life. And volunteering or donating can give you the satisfaction of contribution.

    Consider getting involved with organizations dedicated to the future you want. Whether it’s racial justice, vaccine research, or online learning for kids, staying engaged in what you value can keep you hopeful about today and tomorrow.

  2. Do what you enjoy

    It’s more important than ever to spend time doing what you enjoy. Relieving stress is great for your mood and your relationships. It also helps boost your immune system. Because fun and inspiration look different for everyone, we gathered a variety of things to try:

  3. Get extra help when you need it

    Sometimes we need a little extra help. For people who are already managing feelings of anxiety or depression—or struggling with substance use—finding coping strategies in this time can be especially hard.

    BCBSAZ offers a range of resources to help you connect with the emotional support you need. Chances are good that you can see your physician or mental health professional virtually. If yours is not readily available, BlueCare Anywhere℠ telehealth can be a resource.

    With BlueCare Anywhere, you can connect to board-certified doctors by live video for urgent medical care visits, and psychiatry and counseling sessions. (Counseling and psychiatry visits are by appointment.)

    Plus, our Mobilize AZ℠ website offers a wide range of mental health and substance use support, facts, and community resources.

    Need help finding substance use treatment? Contact the free substance use resource center at 1-833-595-HELP (4357) for confidential information, resources, and guidance.

    Please get help right away if you or someone you know feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or if feel like you might harm yourself or others. Here are resources for getting help right away:
    • Call 911.
    • Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
    • Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or chat with a counselor online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
    • Text HOME to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
    • Call a friend.
    • Get yourself to a safe public place.
    • Call your therapist or counselor, if you have one.

Difficult times challenge us to find new ways forward. At BCBSAZ, we’re here for you each step of the way.