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Advice for Coping with Holiday Blues

Contributor Monica Drake shares what you can do if the holidays aren’t feeling so joyful right now.


‘Alcohol is Not Your Friend:’ BCBSM Medical Director of Behavioral Health Digs into His Passion for Advocating Against Alcohol Abuse

Dr. William T. Beecroft has advocated against alcohol abuse for much of his 40-plus-year health care career. Here, he reflects and shares some candid thoughts.


3 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

Holidays can mean overeating to the point of stretchy pants and undoing some waistband buttons. But they don’t have to.

5 Ways to Stop Holiday Stress Before It Starts  

8 Ways to Stop Holiday Stress Before It Starts

The holidays are as stressful as they are joyous. When it comes to shopping, traveling, decorating and family time, here are ways to mitigate the stress.


Health Benefits of Using a Sauna

Superheated environments like saunas have physical and mental health benefits.


How Change – Even Good Change – Affects My Anxiety

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake writes about one of the biggest triggers for her anxiety -- change -- as she prepared to get married.


How Your Gut Health Affects Your Mental Health

How does your brain keep connected to your gut, and what does it mean for your mental health?


What I Learned By Shifting to a Different Mirror

integrative health expert, keynote speaker, radio personality, and business owner. She's a NASM Master Trainer, PAngela T. Moore explains the different types of workouts available and how you can decide which one is best for you.


What are the Seven Principles of Mindfulness?

Taking time to clear your mind of thoughts, judgments and opinions can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. This practice is known as mindfulness.


The Benefits of Starting Your Child’s Yoga Practice

While it’s often thought of as an adult wellness activity, kids can realize the same health benefits by discovering their inner “yogi.” Why not start them early?


What is Intuitive Eating?

When you eat intuitively, you listen to your body. You trust it to let you know when you are full and satisfied. You also reject the new fad diet of the month. Here are the benefits and risks.


How Does Alcohol Affect My Sleep?

Booze before bed may seem like an OK way to help you doze off quickly. But the tradeoff is usually fragmented sleep, wakefulness and a very groggy day after.


This Suicide Prevention Month, I Remember.

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake writes about what Suicide Prevention Month means to her and why.


A Healthy Diet for People with Alzheimer’s

Can what you eat slow down age-related cognitive decline or early signs of Alzheimer’s?


How I Stay Healthy in College

School is back and so is the juggling act that comes with life on campus for college students. BCBSM'S 2023 corporate communications interns recently shared their diet, exercise and self-care regimens.


Know this Acronym to Help Prevent Suicide

Learn about WAIT, which offers simple suicide prevention advice.

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The Power of a Routine in College

Having trouble staying organized at school? Adding structure to our lives can bring out the best versions of ourselves. Here's what a routine-oriented approach can offer.

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Top 5 Red Flags in Friendships

Recognizing and addressing the red flags in a friendship can be crucial to your mental and physical well-being. Start an open dialogue with your friend if you encounter these five red flags.


How I Protected My Mental Health While Dating

Since the unknown is one of the biggest triggers for my anxiety, it’s no wonder that dating had such an effect on me.


The Health Benefits of Grounding

Swim in a lake, walk in the grass or lay on the sand and you might get the benefits from grounding.


How Breastfeeding Affects Mental Health

When facing problems with breastfeeding, women may experience feelings of depression or symptoms similar to post traumatic stress syndrome.

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Limiting Screen Time to Simplify Your Life

Most of us spend too much time on our phones. You’d be surprised how much mental clarity you gain by cutting down on your screen time.

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Writing One Sentence Per Day: How it Helped My Creativity

Summer intern Mike Merucci shares how writing one sentence per day helped boost his creativity and his mental health.

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Dopamine Detox: What You Need to Know

If you are a frequent social media user, you might have stumbled upon the latest health trend called a “dopamine detox.” But does it work?

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Give it a Rest: The Health Benefits of Doing Nothing 

It's a busy world. But when you take time to do nothing, you can passively check in on both your mental and physical health.

Caitlyn Begosa

Starting College Out-of-State Was Scary. Here’s How I Coped. 

Contributor and summer intern Caitlyn Begosa writes about starting her first year of college out-of-state, and how she learned to adapt.

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Why I Started Hiking for Mental Clarity

Contributor and summer intern Olivia Durkee shares how hiking has helped her mental health and become an outlet for her stress.

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How My Pets Helped My Mental Health 

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake shares how her pets have helped her mental health.

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The Importance of Connecting with Old Friends 

Reconnecting with an old friend can feel good. You being the one to initiate the contact can be good for both of you.

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Six Ways to Improve Social Wellness  

These six areas of social wellness can unlock a better, more well-rounded health profile.

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Can You Beat These 5 Brain Teasers? 

Brain teasers are not only fun but good mental exercise that supports a variety of cognitive functions.

Jenna Natwick

Mental Health and Fitness: My Experience Becoming a Gym Regular

Summer intern Jenna Natwick shares how becoming a gym regular has helped her with her anxiety.

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What is #luckygirlsyndrome? 

Ready to follow the new trend of #luckygirlsyndrome? Here’s how to start.

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Reduce Your Load if The Weight is Too Heavy

Licensed therapist, NASM master trainer and integrative health expert Angela T. Moore shares signs you're carrying too much weight — mentally and physically.

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What Does it Feel Like to Have a Panic Attack?

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake shares her experience with panic attacks, and talks about the strategies that help her manage them.

How to Maintain Balance Between Mental and Physical Health

How to Maintain Balance Between Mental and Physical Health

Did you know there’s a strong link between our mental and physical health? On this episode, we discuss how each affects the other and ways to maintain balance.

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Summer Solstice Meditation 

A Summer Solstice meditation session might be just the thing to get your mind and body in sync for summer.

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Meditation Garden: Everything You Need to Create Your Own 

As more people lean into meditation, here’s what to know about creating your own meditation garden.

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Men's Health Month: Men Have Body Image Issues Too

Men worry about their appearance more than you think. Learn how to improve body image and get rid of negative thoughts once and for all.

Can Gardening Improve Mental Health?

Can Gardening Improve Mental Health?

On top of growing your own food and plants, you could be relieving stress and improving your attention span every time you get in the garden.

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How My Anxiety Weighs on My Decision to Have Children

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake shares how her anxiety has affected her feelings on having a family in the future.

How to Cope with Negative Body Image

How to Cope with Negative Body Image

From media to societal pressures, there’s a lot that can influence how we feel about our physical appearance. Here's how to cope with those feelings.

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Practicing Mindfulness Without Meditation: My Mindfulness Journey

Contributor Mia Gallucci writes about trying to practice mindfulness without meditating — all while doing everyday activities.

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Caregiving Can Be Stressful. Here Is How to Ask for Help.

Often unpaid caregivers sacrifice their health and well-being to meet the needs of a loved one. Here are some tips from the experts on how to ask for help.

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How Resiliency Impacts Your Overall Health 

Being resilient is about more than just your attitude. How well you handle the rollercoaster of life impacts your health.

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Benefits of Spa Treatments for Stress Awareness Month

Relaxation is key to combating high stress levels. Spa treatments are a great way to reduce stress levels and achieve a level of relaxation.

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Tips for Highly Productive People: How to Know When to Rest

Licensed therapist, NASM master trainer and integrative health expert Angela T. Moore shares how to know when it's time to take a break from work and rest.

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Managing Remote Work Stress 

Stress can creep up on all of us, especially if we’re juggling working from home. Here’s how to better manage remote work stress.

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I Always Hated Exercise – Until I Saw How Much it Helped My Anxiety

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake shares how starting an exercise routine has helped her manage her anxiety.

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Mental Health Benefits of Birding 

Spotting a warbler perched on a pine branch or a hawk soaring overhead can be thrilling. But birding also has mental health benefits.

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Mental Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning 

Removing clutter can have a positive impact on a person’s mood and mental health. Learn more about the mental benefits of spring cleaning.

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Parli Italiano? What Learning a Language Taught Me About Myself

Contributor Mia Gallucci writes about her inspiration for learning a second language — a journey that took dedication and consistency.

When Stress Becomes Chronic

How to Know When Stress Becomes Chronic

Frazzled? Anxious? Tense? What do we do when stress becomes long-lasting to the point where it’s noticeably weighing on us? Find out here.

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Tips for Helping a Person in Recovery from Drugs or Alcohol

Helping someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction achieve recovery is a process that is different for everyone.

Laughter is the best medicine

Why Laughing is Good for You 

Like the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. From a giggle to a guffaw, here are all the ways that laughing is good for you.

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What Are Tiny Traumas? 

Relationship issues, family drama and a tight budget all are things that can add up to tiny traumas.

Monica Drake

Here is What I Did When Life Felt Pointless

Contributor and mental health advocate Monica Drake shares how she managed her feelings when life felt pointless — and how she got help.

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4 Practical Ways to Start Living in the Present

Do you ever ask yourself, “Is it the weekend yet?” If you do, it might be time for you to start trying to find joy in the present.

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Vitamin D May Help Prevent Dementia 

Results from a new study that tracked thousands of people in the U.S. show regular vitamin D use may help prevent dementia.

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Habits to Build a Heathy Relationship with Food

Guilt, remorse, stress: These have no place in our feelings about meals and snacks. Here’s how to improve your relationship with food.

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Simple Ways to Love Yourself Every Day

It’s important to love yourself for who you are today. These self-care tips can help you love yourself a little more than you did yesterday.

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6 Things You’re Forgetting to Spring Clean

There may be some parts of your life that may be more cluttered than you realize – and causing you stress. Here are six things to spring clean.

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Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Sleep 

Tired of tossing and turning? If you’re looking for more restful sleep, a weighted blanket might help.

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Five Ways to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time 

If the thought of springing your clock forward is not appealing, here are some ways to ease into Daylight Saving Time.

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Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Feeling down or like you’re having too many bad days? Here are a few things you can do to improve your mental health.

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The Power of Journaling

Gracefully Greying health correspondent Lila Lazarus brings a new way to positively impact your health: journaling.

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How Friends are Good for Brain Health 

Can having good friends make your memory better? Here’s how social circles are good for your brain.

A good book can do the world of good

How to Get Back into Reading

Find your inner bookworm again with these tips for getting back into reading.

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Taking Care of Your Heart and Mental Health Go Hand-in-Hand

Writer and mental health advocate Monica Drake offers a reminder for American Heart Month that taking care of your mental health is good for your heart.

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Forming a Healthy Relationship with Food: West Michigan Dietitian Discusses Keys to Conquer an Eating Disorder

Finding “food freedom” should be a goal for anyone battling an eating disorder, according to an experienced dietician from West Michigan.

Angela Moore

The Moment I Decided to Stop Being a Victim

Licensed therapist, NASM master trainer and integrative health expert Angela T. Moore shares her personal journey through trauma.

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Disordered Eating vs. Feeding and Eating Disorders: Signs to Watch For 

Learning the different types of eating disorders, as well as the signs of an eating problem, can help as a first step. Here’s what you need to know.


5 Ways to Shake Off the Winter Blues 

It’s time to kick some of those cold-weather habits to the curb. Here are a few ways to beat the winter blues.

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How to Deal With the Loss of Your Pet 

Losing a pet can be very difficult. They’re more than just animals. Often, they are beloved members of the family.

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How Painting Your Room Can Boost Your Mood 

You might be able to change your mood as easily as you change your wall color. Here’s how a new coat of paint can boost your mood.

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Sound Baths: How to Create One at Home 

Surrounding yourself with vibrating and overlapping sounds can be relaxing. Here’s how to create a sound bath at home.

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How Access to Diverse Stories Would Have Helped Me in High School

Monica Drake shares how reading books from diverse perspectives has helped her as an adult — and imagines how they could have helped her when she was younger.

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Resolve to Make Self-Care a Priority in the New Year

Lose weight. Get a new job. Be happier. Instead of setting hard-to-reach goals, why not let self-care be a New Year’s resolution?

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The Psychology Behind String Lights: Why They Can Make You Feel Better 

From outdoor cafes to teens’ bedrooms, little strings of lights are popping up everywhere. What is it about them that makes you feel better?

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Why You Should Try Self-Care Sunday 

Setting aside an hour, a half-day or more to focus on activities that make you feel good, mentally and physically, is a trend worth trying.

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Dry January? Tips to be Successful 

Ready to put away the beer and wine? Ditch the liquor? Here’s how to make a Dry January work for you.

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Postpartum Depression: When to Seek Help 

When it’s not the “baby blues,” certain symptoms following childbirth could be postpartum depression. Here’s how to tell the difference.

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Hygge: The Simple Philosophy That Will Make You Love Winter

Why do Danish people tend to rank higher in happiness? It just might have to do with hygge, their philosophy that’s all about coziness and self-care.

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What is Make Up Your Mind Day?

Make Up Your Mind Day occurs every December. Do you know what it is all about? If you are the indecisive type, observing this day could help.

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6 Healthy Ways to Ring in the New Year

This year, if you’re looking for an alternative to a New Year’s Eve party, try creating a healthier holiday tradition for you and your family.

How to Digitally Detox from Technology

How to Digitally Detox from Technology

Technologically, we’re living in a time where we’ve never been more connected in our lives. However, overuse of tech could impact our wellbeing. Find out how.

Angela Moore

Are You Physically and Mentally Fit?

Licensed therapist, NASM master trainer and integrative health expert Angela T. Moore discusses the importance of talking about mental fitness.

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What is SMART Goal Setting?

Have you heard of “SMART” goal setting? It’s a goal-setting approach that can help you set goals that are attainable and realistic.

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New Year Doesn’t Have to Mean ‘New You’

Contributor Monica Drake dispels the myth that entering the new year has to mean changing yourself — and offers advice on how to increase self-confidence.

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Mental Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that helps you stay healthy both mentally and physically.

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5 Ways to Lift Your Spirits During the Holidays 

Shopping, party planning and last-minute errands can cause holiday stress. Here’s how to lift your spirits and enjoy the season.

How Does Helping Others Help You

How Helping Others Helps You

You’ve likely heard the phrase “it’s better to give than receive.” But did you know that when we help others, it’s actually better for our health? Find out how.

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Holiday Mindfulness Activities for Adults 

Holidays can be stressful. Here’s how practicing mindfulness can help you get the most out of the season.

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Mental Health Benefits of Holiday Baking

Baking is already a favorite holiday activity for many people, but research shows that baking can help reduce stress and anxiety.

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Be Your Own Health Advocate

Being an advocate for health is not only important on the field, on the track, in the arena, or on the court; it is even more important in our daily lives.

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The Science of Music and Mental Health: How to Put Together a Well-Being Playlist

Carefully and intentionally selecting and using your music can help you practice mindfulness and feel more in control of your feelings.

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Health Benefits of Smiling

Smiling makes you feel better, science shows. Not feeling like grinning? Fake it until you feel better, doctors say.

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How Food Can Boost Your Mental Health  

What you eat can improve your mood and your overall brain health.

Two people in protective gear pose for a photo inside of a rage room.

Rage Rooms: Do They Help or Hurt Your Stress? 

Smashing old dishware with a baseball bat can be cathartic in the moment, but rage rooms may not be a long-term solution for stress relief.

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Tips for a Mindful Holiday

Adopting a mindful mindset can help you have a holiday that’s more relaxed, intentional and joyful. These tips can help you do just that.

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