Officer worker stretching behind a monitor to relieve stress

Stress sure doesn't feel good, and over time it can affect your health. Recognizing the symptoms of stress is the first step to getting better. Your next step? Learning how your health plan can help.

Check your discounts

It happens to the best of us. We aim to eat well and exercise, but when the going gets tough, healthy habits often take a backseat.

However, studies show that keeping up that exercise routine—or starting one—lowers cortisol, the hormone responsible for many of those uncomfortable symptoms of stress.

Check out the Active&Fit Direct™ Program, which lets you choose from over 9,000 fitness centers nationwide for only $25 a month (plus a $25 enrollment fee). If losing weight is one of your goals, look into savings on weight management programs.

If the mad rush of getting dinner on the table after a busy day of work or school adds to your stress, consider outsourcing the task. There are discounts on healthy meal planning and cooking offered in addition to your plan.

Find a therapist

If stress feels like a chronic problem, or you're starting to develop symptoms of depression or anxiety, it might be time to get professional help.

Use Find a Doctor to search for an in-network mental health therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Learn more about your specific benefits for mental health coverage.

Consider telehealth

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, only about half of people with mental health challenges, like anxiety and depression, receive treatment. Weekly therapy appointments can get costly and time-consuming. But getting behavioral health treatment is convenient with telehealth—appointments over the phone or video chat. Psychologists, psychiatrists, as well as licensed counselors and marriage and family therapists, can meet with you after hours, from the comfort of your home.

Some therapists offer phone or video appointments or your plan may connect you with a telehealth service that includes behavioral health. Telehealth sessions usually cost less than in-office visits, too.

Learn more, and check to see what your specific plan covers.

Get help getting help

Sometimes searching for a therapist, especially one who can see you soon, can be difficult. If you hit roadblocks or just want some guidance finding a therapist near you, contact Customer Service for help.

Other resources

Stress can come from many sources, from caregiving for a sick loved one to concerns about health care finances.

If you or someone you love must cope with a serious illness, learn more about palliative care benefits.

If you're anxious about health care costs, read our tips on creating a health care budget.