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Mental illness can affect anyone and the causes come from a variety of personal circumstances, according to the CDC. Getting the help you need means you’re on track to healing and improving your quality of life with your HealthSelect benefits. Learn more.

Fall is here, and it is a great time to learn eight easy, beginning-level exercises that you can do in and outdoors to get moving, establish a routine to build confidence and create lifelong habits for good health.

Learn more about the benefits of easy workouts for beginners. 

As of Sept. 1, all medical plan enrollees can participate in the new HealthSelectShoppers incentive program that allows you to save money and earn rewards for certain medical services and procedures. Learn more on how to participate and start saving money.  

Breathe

Take time to take some deep, calming breaths. Breathe in deeply through the nose, and slowly release breath through the mouth. Doing so is an intentional way to calmness. Close your eyes and shut everything out. Now, breathe. Not sure about this? Try the “Soft Belly Breathing” technique.

Move

Whether you put on some old-school grooves and shake it like a Polaroid, prefer some quiet storm and sway in your chair, or thrash out to 80’s metal–let loose a little. Doing any kind of movement throughout the day is going to release endorphins and improve your overall mood. Here are some ideas to get you moving. And, from helpguide.org: ways to exercise if you have limited mobility due to disability, injury or illness. And here are chair exercises from Saga.co.uk.

Check out these thoughts on dancing like no one’s watching.

Imagine

Let your imagination take you to a calm place of peace. It’s called Guided Imagery, and it can help relieve stress. Your mind and body really are connected. Calm body, calm mind. Did you know that imagining something like being at peace can trick your mind and body into actually being at peace? Here’s how.

Living well helps us live a full life and anything is possible with awareness, planning and follow-through.

Learn more with tips and resource for living well.

 

This month, there are several wellness opportunities available through ERS, with a focus on work-life balance. Balancing work and life can be very challenging right now, especially if you have children or grandchildren in your household. We hope you find support through the resources shared In the Green.

Dealing with financial stress and strain is another tough aspect of the pandemic. To help cope, there are key tips for handling these issues that can help you achieve financial well-being and balance. Additionally, there is an Employee Assistance Program available to you that provides access to free financial counseling, as well as other resources to help with the effect of stress on your life. And, now more than ever, it’s important to manage our mental health and practice good self-care. You’ll also find resources and helpful videos, as well as webinars on a range of wellness topics, at the In the Green Wellbeing Portal–from financial education to meditation, stress relief and exercise.

The flu is a contagious disease that spreads every year. Get the facts from the CDC and speak with your primary care physician on how to protect you and family with the influenza vaccine. Short on time? Enter your zip code to find the nearest Walgreens  and make an appointment or just walk in. No co-payment needed–they accept our insurance.    

September is Baby Safety month, and with the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to ensure your baby is safe with these five tips while traveling by car, on a plane, or with family and friends. Be prepared and travel with your BCBS benefit resources.  

Click here for these tips. 

As the semester begins, it can be stressful to manage your physical and emotional health. Here are some healthy ways to maintain good health. 

Click here to check out these tips.