Managing Anxiety

Feb 08,2024

Read Time 8 Minutes

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Understanding And Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion that makes you feel worried, tense, or fearful about things you think may happen. It’s how our bodies sometimes respond to stress

Constant anxiety can take a major toll on your well-being and make it harder to get through the day. When untreated, it can lead to other health issues, such as depression or insomnia.

 

 

Although we can’t prevent stressful things from happening, there are many steps we can take to manage anxiety and improve our lives.


 

Symptoms Of Anxiety

 

Common symptoms and signs of anxiety include:

  • Feeling restless, on edge, or wound up
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Feeling easily tired
  • Having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
  • Being irritable

 

 

Ways To Manage Anxiety

 

If you’re experiencing anxiety, your primary care doctor can help you come up with a treatment plan. This might include therapy, medication, or lifestyle changes.

 

Self-care also can play a big role in taking control of anxiety. These tips can help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being:

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol and caffeine.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.

 

For more tips, go to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America’s website.

 

Find Support

 

If you’re dealing with anxiety, you’re not alone. If you know you have access to Anthem’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you can find professional, confidential counseling for you and your household members, including a set number of visits each year at no extra cost.

 

You can also tap into more resources and support, including articles, videos, and podcasts on topics about managing and understanding anxiety, including tips on mindfulness and meditation.

 

To begin, log in at anthembluecross.com/eap with your company code. Call the EAP phone number listed on the home page for more information about your visits.

 

If you don’t have an EAP, you can still find a therapist in your Anthem health plan’s network. To look for therapists near you, log in and use the Find Care feature at anthembluecross.com or in the Sydney℠ Health app to search by location or specialty.

 

 

EAP products are offered by Anthem Life Insurance Company. In New York, Anthem EAP products are offered by Anthem Life & Disability Insurance Company. In California, Anthem EAP products are offered by Blue Cross of California using the trade name Anthem Blue Cross. ANTHEM is a registered trademark. Use of the Anthem EAP website constitutes your agreement with our Terms of Use.

 

Appointments are subject to the availability of a therapist. Online counseling is not appropriate for all kinds of issues. If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, it’s important that you seek help immediately. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 988, or dial 911 for help. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

 

Sydney Health is offered through an arrangement with Carelon Digital Platforms, a separate company offering mobile application services on behalf of your health plan.

 

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