For many Americans, stress and anxiety levels have grown exponentially since the onset of the global pandemic. No one is immune to these challenges, not even professional athletes. This week in particular has been a stressful one for [...]

The Florida Blue Centers continue to provide virtual support, services and events during the pandemic. Your neighborhood nurses, community specialists and sales and service specialists can answer questions about COVID-19, testing sites, community resources, navigating the health care system, virtual care, checking enrollment eligibility and other issues. Call 877-352-5830 to be routed to your l [...]

Choosing a primary care doctor can be a tough decision, no matter who you are. Even if you’re a doctor.  “It’s one thing I think everyone struggles with,” said Dr. Deborah Stewart, a senior medical dire [...]

From working from home to social distancing, we’ve all experienced changes in our lives and routines because of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you have to become a couch potato. In spite of our lives being turned upside down for nearly a year, there is a silver lining—the plethora of virtual classes, programs and other resources offered by the Florida Blue Centers. And anyone in the co [...]

Hopefully, you’ve gotten your flu shot by now. But if you haven’t, it’s not too late to get one to protect you and your family this season. Because COVID-19 continues to be a health concern, there’s ne [...]

When distance and circumstance prevent us from being with those we love during the holidays we may find ourselves sad and lonely. And if we’ve lost someone close to us, the holidays will likely feel less bright this year. When others are celebrating, we may experience emotions that include resentment, anxiety, emptiness and grief. How can we manage these normal reactions and find ways to soothe [...]

While there’s still so much we don’t know about COVID-19, one thing is for sure - it affects each person differently. And sometimes, even mild cases can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath. But what if those symptoms continue even after you’ve tested negative for the virus? Dr. Kelli Tice Wells, Florida Blue’s Senior Medical Director for medical affairs says i [...]

The holiday season is a time for high expectations of ourselves and others. The trouble is, real life rarely measures up to the movie scenes and magazines. We all know this on some level, yet year after year, we put undue pressure on ourselves. Pay attention to stress triggers. When you are feeling the pressure stop and ask yourself… [...]

Lowering your holiday stress level should include lowering your expectations.   Many of us find that it is a difficult task as we compare our decorating skills, or lack there of to those fabulous images on Pinterest, YouTube or our friends’ Facebook pages. But what are you to do, when you are hosting a holiday get together; people are dropping in and your in-laws d [...]

You may be tempted to brave the crowded airports with others who are flying to see family or friends for the winter holidays. Or you may have been invited to celebrate locally with some friends you haven’t seen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. [...]