Taking Care of Yourself

Staying at home and practicing social distancing is the new “normal.” Staying away from others is important so you are not exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some ideas of what to do to help from getting bored.

Settle in and stay home. Try something new. Cook a new recipe, make a photo album, play board games, clean out your closets, do crafts, listen to relaxing music, and make a list of what you want to do when everything is back to “normal.”

Reach out to people. It’s a perfect time to see what old friends are doing and distant relatives. Have a virtual family reunion over Zoom or other virtual video meeting. Feeling connected may help keep your spirits up.

Move your body. Being active can help lift your mood and support your immune system. Walk around the neighborhood (but be sure to keep social distancing). Stretch and practice yoga. Jog in place or kick off a dance party in your living room. You can also check into at-home fitness resources from your health plan by signing in to your health plan account.

Eat healthy and try new foods. Eat your fruits, vegetables and whole foods. Eating healthy foods is a great way to help your body’s immune system. Try a kiwi or different kinds of nuts or dark chocolate. It may boost your energy and mood too. 

Continue to protect yourself and others. By taking these steps, we can all work together to help reduce the spread of the virus.

  • Practice proper hand-washing at all times. It’s very important to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds after you have been in a public place, or have sneezed or coughed. Also make sure to wash your hands when you’re preparing and eating foods.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch every day, such as tables, doorknobs and faucets.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask cover when you’re around others. This helps protect other people in case you may be infected. The CDC has a video about face masks that shows you how to make a face mask using a t-shirt and two rubber bands. There are also step-by-step instructions on how to sew one as well as other helpful information on masks. 

Get your rest. Good sleep is key to good health. Take time to slow down, breathe and sleep well. It’s amazing what good rest can do for you.

Supporting your emotional health

It’s perfectly normal to feel stressed right now. Talking to someone may help you feel better. 

  • Our free, 24/7 emotional support line is here for you to call at 866-342-6892. This 24/7 Optum Help Line is staffed by professionally trained mental health experts. It is free of charge and open to anyone.

How to get mental health support right away

If you need help right away — for yourself or a loved one — call 911 or use the emergency numbers below.

Substance Use Helpline

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-855-780-5955

1-800-799-7233           
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

1-800-273-8255           
1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing signs of addiction, call the confidential helpline to get 24/7 support and guidance on treatment options and coverage. Call for crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, get emergency help right away. Contact the lifeline for 24/7, free and confidential support and crisis intervention.

Disclaimer

The benefits described on this website describe federal requirements and UnitedHealthcare national policy, additional benefits may be available in some states and under some plans. 

This page describes benefits we offer to all members in all states. They also include federal requirements. More benefits may be available in some states and under some plans. We have created rules and practices that may apply to some of our products at this time. The information is a summary and is subject to change. For more information, contact your account representative  or call the number on your member ID card.