{Guest blog} Planning to make big changes this year? We've got your back.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees.

Whether you’re kicking a bad habit or hope to crush your personal and professional goals in 2020, you are capable of staying on track with the right focus and commitment. Here are some tips to get you started on the right foot: 

Be willing to take baby steps. If you decide to make big changes too quickly, you can derail your goals for behavior change. Small successes help you build momentum and support the larger changes you want to achieve.

Patience is the key. You won’t be successful overnight, so set realistic expectations for yourself. Negative habits are formed over time, and so are positive ones. Stick with it and change will come.

Set up specific goals. Being specific about what you want to accomplish will help you focus on what you really want to achieve. Instead of setting a goal of “getting into better shape,” strive to “go to the gym for 30 minutes, three times a week.”

Record your progress. Tracking your accomplishments will keep you accountable, and help you identify where you could use more support. Plus, seeing how far you’ve come is a rewarding feeling!

Don’t try to do it alone. Most Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas members have behavioral health benefits through New Directions. These benefits can be the helping hand you need, all year long. Resources are available to help you with things like emotional well-being, relationships, health, resilience and more.  

Call the behavioral health number on the back of your insurance card to get started becoming a better you, today.

Source: Life Advantages – Author Delvina Miremadi ©2019

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