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Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by USFHP on Oct 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Mental Health is a Key Aspect of Overall Wellness and USFHP has its Members Covered from Head to Toe

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as the “Winter Blues” is a type of clinical depression triggered by the change in the seasons. While most often onset by the lack of sunlight, cold weather, and gloomy overcast days typical of the late autumn as it leads into the long winter, SAD can also be set off during the early spring and early summer in some cases. 

With the recent passing of the fall equinox, now is the time to be in regular tune with your state of presence and mindfulness and that means also being on the lookout for seasonal symptoms of affective decline. These include regular feelings of depression, sluggishness, tiredness, and general lack of energy, oversleeping, dramatic change in weight and appetite, craving for sugar and carbs, loss of interest, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts.

Over two thirds of people with mental health disorders receive no treatment, and of those that do, a significant number receive inadequate care. Much of the lack of proper mental care is hinged on misguided social stigmas that treat psychological challenges as weak, shameful, or superficial. While some may not even be aware of the presence of these challenges, without seeking diagnosis most will try to stick it out on their own. With USFHP you don’t have to face the Winter Blues alone. Here are some tips to help keep you on point when combating weeks and months of short days and gray skies.

Healthy Diet - Regular maintenance of a well-balanced diet will provide energy and mental acuity, preventing tired, sluggish, and uninspired moods. It will also prevent the potential for dramatic weight shifts, and help control the appetite. 

Physical Activity - Physical activity is a must when combating the blues as it increases the release of endorphins that brighten your mood, prevents massive weight changes, and improves circulation to the brain for mental clarity.

Proper Mental Healthcare - Let’s not forget about mental care. If you are feeling down and out during the fall and winter months, seek professional help with mental care treatment that can help you work through the darkness and keep you in the light until the sun shines again.

In line with current efforts to tear down the negative stereotypes surrounding psychological challenges, USFHP prioritizes mental health—covering our TRICARE Prime members from head to toe with mental care protection. We also offer exclusive enhanced benefits options like $250 annual gym membership reimbursements to keep a healthy, active lifestyle in play and push the Winter Blues away.

Call now at 1-800-241-4848 and let us get you covered.

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Topics: TRICARE, Family Matters, Mindfulness, Winter, Health, mental health

5 Things Happy Families Do Together!

Posted by Kay Lucas on Aug 30, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Now that the lazy days of summer over, life is about to shift into high gear again!  It's back to school, back to work and back to reality. Next thing you know, the holidays will be here! With all the fun summer activities drifting into the sunset, families have to work harder to spend quality time together. Navigating around school activities, home work, and regular daily chores, it's super important to carefully plan out those precious moments to spend time together.  

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Topics: TRICARE, Family Matters, US Family Health Plan, family dinner, Family Fun, Family Vacation, Community Service

5 Unhealthy Foods that You Thought Were Healthy

Posted by Kay Lucas on Feb 9, 2016 8:00:00 PM


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Topics: Healthy Living, TRICARE, Family Matters, Military Families, US Family Health Plan, food, Health

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

Posted by Kay Lucas on Dec 15, 2015 8:00:00 PM

We all love the holiday season, but wonder how can we increase the joy and decrease the stress that comes hand in hand with it? Each year, we hope to pull off the perfect holiday with less spending, less craziness, less running around, and less pressure.  The main question is how do you enjoy more of the holiday while doing less?  How do you keep the holidays happy even if you have to spend it away from some of your loved ones?

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Topics: Family Matters, stress, US Family Health Plan, Holidays

Fall Family Fun

Posted by Kay Lucas on Oct 6, 2015 5:08:57 PM
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Topics: Events, TRICARE, Family Matters