Caregivers Need Self-Care Too

Caregivers need to focus on their own well-being to properly succeed at caregiving and avoid compassion fatigue. There are five crucial aspects of self-care, including getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising, having relaxation time and having social support. Caregivers can improve their quality of life and increase their levels of happiness by directing their attention inward and taking more time to care for themselves. … Continue reading Caregivers Need Self-Care Too

Mental health and substance abuse disorders

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Nobody plans to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, yet it happens often. Plenty of people can enjoy the occasional alcoholic drink or take prescribed pain medications and still lead a healthy life. But addiction develops slowly over time, which is … Continue reading Mental health and substance abuse disorders

{Guest blog} Maintaining your mental health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Eating healthy foods and exercising can make you feel good and live longer. Another key part to this is your mental health. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that … Continue reading {Guest blog} Maintaining your mental health

{Guest blog} Balancing work and life

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need. Despite the ongoing quest for work-life balance, many of us struggle to understand what this concept actually means. The truth is, we could all use a little help defining what balance looks and feels like in our lives. … Continue reading {Guest blog} Balancing work and life

Finding the right mental health care provider, at your fingertips

Mental health is an important part of your overall health and well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act. It also determines how you handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) recognizes the importance of supporting mental health efforts and has teamed up with MiResource to offer a personalized approach to those seeking mental … Continue reading Finding the right mental health care provider, at your fingertips

Adopt a plant, calm your mind

From arugula to spinach, leafy greens in your diet boost your health. But there’s another way to add more plant power to your life: bring them off the plate and into the flowerpot. Research shows adopting a houseplant has a myriad of mental health benefits. These include: Pruning off stress, slowing a racing heart and easing tension. Paring down the harms of our tech-heavy lives, … Continue reading Adopt a plant, calm your mind

{Guest blog} Join us to #StopSuicide

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need. You could save a life. It’s no secret that this past year has been hard on everyone. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been an increase in depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – all risk factors that … Continue reading {Guest blog} Join us to #StopSuicide

{Guest blog} How much is too much?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Drinking alcohol can lessen tension, reduce inhibitions and ease social interactions. While you can drink safely, drinking too much can be harmful physically, emotionally and economically. During Alcohol Awareness Month, join us in raising awareness of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol … Continue reading {Guest blog} How much is too much?