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Guest blog: Improve and maintain 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.

Maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. By prioritizing your emotional, psychological and social well-being, you are better equipped to deal with stressful times more effectively and feel better overall.

Here are some tips to improve and maintain your mental health:

Maintain social connections

Check in regularly with family and friends and get involved in your local community by signing up for classes or attending a meetup.

Make time for movement

Exercise improves how you feel mentally and physically. Try going for a walk with friends, ride a bike or attend a workout class. 

Prioritize sleep

Lack of sleep can contribute to depression, stress and anxiety.

Practice gratitude

Remind yourself of what you’re grateful for. Try to find the positive even in difficult situations.

Sense of purpose

Know your why—what is your reason for getting out of bed each day? Look for opportunities to help others.

Seek professional support

Don’t be afraid to take the first step and get the help and guidance you may need from a professional counselor.

To better connect Kansans with in-network mental health care, BCBSKS has partnered with MiResource to help guide you through the process of identifying the right mental health care for your unique needs whether it’s your first time seeking care, or you are reestablishing treatment or you are helping a loved one.