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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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.