7 Healthy Holiday Appetizers You Need to Make ASAP

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Healthy Holiday Appetizers To Lighten Up Your Holidays

Christmas may often become a time when our waistlines endure a little stretching, but with a bit of planning, intentionality, and these delicious and healthy holiday appetizers, you’ll be able to enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season.

When entertaining, or visiting those closest to you during this festive time, try to stay on track by following these helpful tips.

1. Ciao, Bruschetta

If you’re able to find some ripe, juicy tomatoes in the middle of winter, you’re well on your way to creating a delicious, nutritious holiday snack. Chop tomatoes, drizzle with heart-healthy olive oil, minced garlic, aromatic basil and serve over thinly sliced baguette rounds. Try opting for a whole-wheat baguette for added fibre, or spreading the toast round with goat cheese and drizzling with balsamic glaze for an extra flavour punch.

This healthy holiday appetizer will serve up a healthy dose of lycopene thanks to the tomatoes, and fill your belly with healthy vegetables, too.

2. Guacamole with Crudite

It’s no secret that avocados have really grown in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. This green gem is loaded with potassium, healthy fats, and fibre, which will fill you up – the right way – so that you have less room to overindulge on sweets. Whip up a simple and easy batch of guacamole and serve in a beautiful bowl, with a side of freshly sliced vegetables to dip.

3. Lean and Mean Meatballs

Lighten up festive holiday meatballs by swapping out regular ground beef for it’s leaner counterparts; either chicken or turkey. Meatballs provide a good source of protein, and ensuring you use chicken or beef will reduce the amount of fat in each tasty treat. Try to sweeten the sauce using a reduced amount of sweetener, and opt for honey or maple syrup over white sugar.

4. Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Yes. We just said bacon. While these divine little indulgences may seem counterintuitive, dates are actually packed with fibre, among many other health benefits. Slice pitted dates down the middle, add a spoonful of goat cheese, then wrap each packet in one third of a slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick, and bake on a cookie tray at 350 F until the dates have softened. These delicious treats incorporate whole foods and provide both fibre and a touch of protein from the goat cheese – much better than many alternatives.

5. Carrot Fries

Peel and slice carrots, season with cumin, salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast the sticks until tender and serve with a nutritious dip like tzaziki.

6. Buffalo Chicken Celery Boats

Simply pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, pull chicken from bones, and toss with hot sauce in a bowl. Slice and trim celery sticks, fill with spicy chicken mix and drizzle with blue cheese dressing or crumbles of blue cheese.

7. Corn and Bean Salsa

Dice a few bell peppers and an avocado, and rinse and drain a can of black beans and corn and toss them together. Season with the juice of a lime, salt, and a spoonful of juice from a jar of banana peppers. Serve with baked tortilla chips for dipping.

Enjoy a ‘lightened up’ holiday spread this year by incorporating some of these delicious healthy holiday appetizer ideas today!

Taking care of your health is an important piece of enjoying a long, happy life. Ensuring you are covered with life insurance allows you to live worry-free that if anything were to happen, your loved ones will be covered financially.

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5 Thoughtful Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season

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5 Outstanding Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season

Christmas, and the holiday season in general, can be a time of tremendous stress for many. Avoid the overwhelm by planning ahead and keeping these helpful tips for a stress free holiday season in mind.

1. Follow in Granny’s Footsteps

Remember the good old days when people, like Granny, paid with… cash?

Overspending is one of the holiday season’s major contributors in causing financial stress.

This year, leave your plastic at home and pay in cash.

If you’re married, start by sitting down with your partner or setting time aside alone to create a Christmas budget – and stick to it!

Get envelopes together with each person’s name on it, and fill the envelope with the right amount of cash. When it’s gone, the shopping spree ends.

By having a clear and concise plan for Christmas spending, and avoiding access to imaginary unlimited amounts of money available on credit cards, you’ll ease the financial stress inherent with uncontrolled spending.

2.  We’re Gonna Wrap Around The Clock Tonight

Bill Haley might have been on to something.

This year, instead of being consumed by the shopping frenzy, and then engulfed in a pile of last minute wrapping projects, take the time to wrap each gift you purchase as you purchase them.

By tucking into the storage box full of wrapping supplies early, you’ll also be able to purchase staples like clear tape or ribbons as you go instead of having those added to the already long list later on.

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3. Eat The (Christmas) Frog

Any fan of self help books will be familiar with Brian Tracy’s famous phrase – eat the frog – which encourages the largest, toughest tasks to be tackled first.

The top-to-bottom list of cleaning tasks required to get your home in host-worthy condition can often become a major stressor when combined with all the other demands of the holiday season.

Tackle the deeper cleaning tasks like wiping down the baseboards or cleaning the inside of your oven as early on as possible, and don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your family!

4. Choose Empathy

It’s easy to let expectations run high around the holiday season and allowing this mindset to take root can often lead to disappointments and extra stress.

Hoping for the perfect gift from that special someone?

Praying Aunt Ethel won’t hit any nerves with awkward topics and intrusive questions at the dinner table?

It’s easy for extra family time around the holidays to become stressful but by choosing to approach any disappointments with empathy, you won’t only make for a more peaceful party but a less stressful experience for yourself.

Try to understand their point of view, circumstances or reasoning behind their actions and instead of scoffing at them and allowing yourself to become upset, choose to let it go.

5. A Card Counts

Getting caught up in trying to make everyone in your life feel considered and appreciated during the holiday season can become consuming.

Release the expectations that you may put on yourself of having to give a gift to everyone who matters in your life.

By writing a present purchasing list that includes everyone from the milk man to your dentist, you’re setting yourself, and your wallet, up for disaster.

Decide to write out a thoughtful and personalized card for individuals in your life that you’d like to include, and if you have the time, consider a batch of home baked Christmas cookies instead of a gift, to show you care.

Do you have any go-to tips that you follow around Christmas to create a stress free holiday season for you and your family? 

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What Is Disability Insurance, and Do You Need It?

Disability insurance replaces lost income when the wage earner of a family can’t earn income because they can’t work.  There are two types of disability insurance: short-term and long-term. If you’re wondering what disability insurance is and if you need it, you’ve come to the right place.

In this post we’re going to take a deeper look into why you would need disability insurance and the potential consequences of going without it.

What Is Disability Insurance?

As we mentioned above, this type of insurance protects lost income. To help explain, we can compare it to life insurance. Life insurance replaces lost income via a death benefit to a beneficiary when an income earner passes away. Disability insurance does the same thing, but it isn’t paid out in a lump sum and it’s paid to the disabled person.

Disability insurance pays a percentage of your income on a bi-weekly basis. So, when you can’t work you still receive an income. This kind of insurance doesn’t only apply to physical inability to work due to an accident or illness, it includes other reasons such as mental illness.

More than likely your situation is: if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Thus, if you don’t have disability insurance you will not have any income. If you support yourself you might have to give up your home, lower your standard of living, and make lifestyle changes.

If you share the household income responsibilities with another, your loss of income will put a financial strain on the home – and your relationship.

Now you might be thinking that you’re young, careful, healthy, and mentally stable so you don’t have to worry about insurance. This is called the “It Won’t Happen to Me” – optimism bias. You don’t want to be fooled with this type of thinking.

Did you know that the chances of becoming disabled are significantly higher than your chances of getting into a motor vehicle accident or your house burning down? In Canada, there’s a 25 per cent chance that a 20-year-old person will be disabled during his or her career. If Canadians are at risk of a disability by this young age, consider how the possibility rises as we age.

Now let’s compare short-term and long-term disability insurance.

 

Short-Term vs Long Term Disability Insurance

Short-term disability insurance benefits are available shortly after you become disabled – from a few weeks to a few months. You receive your disability payments regularly like a pay cheque thereafter for a set time, which is generally three to six months, depending on your policy.

Long-term disability kicks in after you’ve exhausted your other short-term disability benefits. This type of insurance provides protection for serious health issues and conditions. Thus, you receive your long-term disability pay for longer.

We hope our article answered your questions about what disability insurance is, if you need it, and the difference between short-term and long-term disability. At Sadler insurance we work with several insurance companies to get you the best rate.

If you want to know more about disability insurance or to speak with a broker, please visit our website.

 

 

What Would Void a Life Insurance Policy?

Life insurance policies are in place to help grieving families move on with their lives and give their loved ones a proper ceremony and send off. Unfortunately, every day there are stories about people who do not receive the life insurance payout of a family member based on circumstances that voided the policy. These often come a surprise, but there are many common ways that an average life insurance policy can be voided. Remember, it is always important that you discuss your life insurance policy in detail with your provider so that you fully understand the circumstances that can lead to voiding your policy. That way, there are no surprises for you or your loved ones.

Military Service

Many life insurance policies do not explicitly cover military service people who are killed in the line of duty. There are, however, many policies that are specifically designed for military personnel and their families to ensure that those families have something in the event of an active military death. Unless explicitly stated, you can assume that your policy needs changes if you decide to join the military.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Many life insurance policies assume that the policy holder is not struggling with substance abuse, whether that is legal drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol. Many policies clearly state that they are void in the event of a drug-related death or as a result of complications from years of substance abuse. That said, there are still options for people who struggle with addiction, even cigarettes, to ensure that they have a life insurance policy in place. It is important to disclose these issues to your insurance provider so they can work with you to get a policy.

“Dangerous Activities”

The phrase “dangerous activities” is fairly vague but it is safe to assume that, in general, it means activities such as skydiving, base jumping, high-speed racing, etc. You should contact your insurance provider if you are about to do something extreme to see if your policy, or accidental death rider, covers it.

Death in a “Restricted Area”

The Government of Canada puts out regular travel advisories for places around the world and many of the travel restrictions in place can affect your life insurance policy. Unless you are performing a job in a dangerous part of the world (and your insurance company knew about that work before you took out the policy), you can assume that active war zones and other dangerous parts of the world will void your policy.

Every day there are stories about the families and friends of someone who died realizing that a life insurance policy has been voided. Some of these stories involve tragic circumstances, most come as a surprise, and often it leaves grieving families with even more confusion. This is why it is always important to carefully understand any insurance policy that you have. Being informed will help you ensure that your loved ones can receive the benefits of your policy in the event of your death.

Check Your Insurance Policy: 5 Details You Really Ought To Review Each Year

With a new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to perform an annual check on your insurance policy.

Making this kind of review a yearly occurrence will help you stay on top of your insurance policies, could save you money, and will ensure that you are always fully covered.

Here are five details that you should really review when checking your insurance policy.

1. Re-evaluate the Contents of Your Home

If it has been a year or more since you last took inventory of your belongings, it’s time to re-evaluate. Most homeowner policies also protect the contents in a home, in addition to the house itself. As you’ve most likely purchased new items since your last recorded tally of personal belongings, you should take note of anything that should be added to your list. If you’ve made home improvements, such as kitchen or bathroom upgrades, these additions to your home’s total value should also be mentioned in your policy updates.

2. Are You Paying Too Much?

It is a good idea to check into any discounts or savings that you may be eligible for at the beginning of every year. Don’t assume that you’re getting the best price, just because the amount you’re currently paying was the lowest you could find when you first purchased your insurance policy. You can potentially save yourself some money by looking into bundle discounts on your auto, business, life, or home insurance. Factors like a good driving record, your age, or full-time student status can have an effect on your policies. Sometimes even raising your deductibles can lower your monthly insurance rates.

3. Bundle Your Insurance Policies

If you haven’t done so already, you may want to consider bundling your current insurance policies. Do you have a different provider on each of these policies? Most insurance companies offer more than one type of insurance, and for this reason, many of them offer discounts to customers who choose to purchase multiple forms of insurance from the same provider. By simply asking your insurance providers what your potential savings may be, you can save money by bundling two or more policies, like your home and car insurance.

4. Consider Alternate Insurance Providers

Have your insurance rates skyrocketed since last year, through no fault of your own? It may be time to consider some alternatives to your current provider. Whether due to an increase in claim activity over the past year, or a company experiencing a financial loss for the year, there may be other providers that can offer you a better price for the insurance policies that you require. Saving some serious dollar bills is only one reason why doing an annual check on your insurance policy is such an important routine to build.

5. Account for Any Changes from the Past Year

Keeping your policies updated is the best way to ensure that you are fully covered, in every aspect of your life. People change too, so make sure to reflect any changes in your health or situation within your life insurance coverage. If you’ve recently had a baby, stopped smoking, gotten married, or retired from your job, these changes may affect your policy. Similarly, your auto insurance coverage could change if you now travel a shorter distance to work, or if you’ve decided to finally put winter tires on your vehicle.

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We understand that insurance choices can be overwhelming. As a full-service independent Edmonton insurance broker, we aim to make the “fine print” clear for you.

No matter what you are looking for – from auto, business, life, or home insurance – our insurance professionals are ready and willing to help you.

We strongly believe in fostering relationships with our clients and insurance partners.

If you would like to check your insurance policy today, one of our team members would be happy to help you.

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Five Must-Know Insurance Tips for Single Parents

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Single parents have some special considerations when it comes to insurance. Here are a few things to think about before choosing a policy.

 

As the sole provider in their family, single parents have to make major decisions without the support or affirmation of a partner, and that can leave them second guessing themselves.

 

When it comes to choosing various forms of insurance, every decision is a major one that can have a profound impact on the family should a serious incident take place. If you’re a single parent and you’re feeling uncertain about making insurance decisions, here are some tips to bring you a little clarity and confidence.

 

Plan Your Life Insurance Carefully

You’ll be required to choose beneficiaries of your life insurance policy. Without a partner, the next most logical choice would be for the money to go directly to your children. However, depending on the age of your children, the money will likely have to be held in trust for them by an appointed guardian. Alternately, you may direct a certain amount of money directly to their appointed guardian as compensation for caring for your children. Essentially, this is a complex decision that needs to match up with your will, and may need to be revisited every few years. Take your time and plan carefully.

 

Don’t Cut Corners

When you’re the sole provider for your family, sometimes money can be a little tight. If you’re in this situation it might be tempting to go for policies with less coverage or to forgo certain types of insurance altogether. However, you have to remember that insurance is an important investment that can ultimately save you money. You might not think you need a short-term disability policy, but should you find yourself unable to work for a period of time as a result of short-term disability, you’ll be scrambling to make ends meet.

 

Don’t Assume Serious Injury or Illness Will Never Happen to You

If you’re young, active and healthy and work in a low-key job, you might think that you’re not at risk for serious illness or injury. That simply isn’t the case. Anyone can face a sudden illness, and with no partner to pick up the slack financially, you’ll be struggling without insurance.

 

Accident Insurance for the Family

Many parents have accident insurance for themselves so that they’re covered if an accident prevents them from working. As a single parent, you should also have an accident and health insurance policy for your children. Often when a child has a serious accident or injury, one parent must stay home for a time to care for them. Because there is no second parent bringing in income, you need to be covered so you can care for your child with peace of mind.

 

Cover Your Child with Life Insurance

The thought of losing a child is awful, but it’s a thought that must be considered when choosing insurance policies. Many parents find themselves unable to work as they grieve and recover from the loss of a child—it may be years before you’re comfortable heading back to work. By taking out life insurance policies on your children, you are allowing yourself the time to grieve, and will have funds for their funeral expenses.

 

Are you a single parent looking for the right coverage? Our expert brokers can get you the coverage you need. Contact us today!

Why Life Insurance Is So Important for New Parents

Becoming a parent for the first time is unlike any other experience life has to offer. Suddenly, all of your priorities shift to make room for the tiny little human being that’s cradled in your arms.

There’s so much to consider in your first few months of parenthood. You have to apply for a social insurance number for your child, start a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), perfect your parenting skills, practice crib safety, and develop a sleeping and eating routine.

The craziest part? That’s just the beginning!

As you transition into your role as a parent, one of the most important steps you can take is making sure your child is protected in the event that something happens to you. It’s not exactly the type of thing you want to think about during the exciting first days of your role as Mom or Dad, but it’s essential that you do.

Things New Parents Should Consider:

  1. Both parents should be insured
    It is a common misconception that only the money-maker of a family needs to be insured. However, this is not the case. Even if one parent stays at home, they provide care and services that the remaining parent would have to pay to replace in the event that they passed away. It’s important to determine how extra expenses such as these will be taken care of in the event of a death.
  1. Good timing can save you money
    The older you get, the more expensive life insurance policies become. By starting yours now, you can save yourself money in the long run.
  1. Your workplace policy may not be enough
    While having insurance through your employer is undoubtedly a good thing, the amount you’ll get paid out isn’t always equal to the amount your family will need. Typically, you get paid twice your base salary. When you factor in funeral expenses, paying off debts, bills, etc. that sum doesn’t stretch as far as you might think. Also, when you leave your job, your policy is no longer in place. This leaves you vulnerable in-between jobs and you’re always starting a new policy, at new rates, at your next place of employment. You’d likely save money by going with your own insurance policy and locking into a consistent rate.
  1. Your baby is cute, but also expensive
    The average parent spends nearly $250,000 to raise their child. Do you think your spouse could handle that financial responsibility on their own? Most parents couldn’t. And while it isn’t necessarily pleasant to think about, accidents can happen at any time. The sooner you have a policy in place, the less either of you have to worry about becoming a single parent and footing the financial costs all alone.
  1. It’s worth it
    What else can we say? Your child’s future and well-being is always worth the investment. Knowing that they are protected no matter what life throws your way is a peace of mind that cannot be compared to any other kind. In an ideal world, your child will never need to take advantage of your policy. But without it, your family could face twice as much anguish in your absence.

Are you ready to put a policy in place that protects your child’s future? Give us a call today!

Our insurance brokers will get you the best available price and aren’t satisfied until you have coverage that works for your family.

The Top Five Running Tips for Better Performance

Running is a great way to maintain a healthy body weight and lifestyle. We need to participate in cardiovascular activities in order to keep our heart strong and working correctly. Exercise has been shown to stave off many health risks and illnesses, so it is important that we try and exercise on a daily basis.

While many people find running and other cardio exercises difficult, especially if running is not your strong suit or you are a beginner, it can be fun and beneficial if you follow some crucial tips.

Here are five great tips to make running a breeze:

  1. Control your breathing
    Many people find running harder because of their breathing. When we breathe too fast and too hard, we tend to get that cramping feeling in our lower stomach. This is because our diaphragm is working overtime to try and compensate for how many breaths we are taking in a short period of time. Instead, try controlling your breathing using a counting technique or any other technique that works for you. Once you’re able to breathe at a normal, controlled pace, you’ll find that running is actually enjoyable.
  2. Drink a lot of water
    Staying hydrated is important for an enjoyable run. You should always try and drink a good amount of water one hour before you go running. This will allow the water to penetrate your muscles and tissues. When our muscles are dehydrated, they tend to cramp, making running a little difficult. Being properly hydrated ensures that all of our muscles are working and energized.
  3. Warm up first
    Before you start any run, you should first warm up. This does not mean you should stretch. Stretching before running can actually set you up for an injury. Instead, walk briskly for two minutes, and then gradually move into a jog. Once you’re warmed up you can start your run at your usual pace.
  4. Wear proper footwear
    Many people choose to run in whatever sneaker they happen to have lying around that they deem to be comfortable. However, having improper running shoes can actually lead to injury or discomfort, which is never good when you’re going for a long run. Go and get a sneaker that is properly fitted and is made for running. You’ll be glad you made the investment.
  5. Keep your chest high
    You should always run with your chest forward, as if it were being pulled by something. This is the proper form for running, as it does not promote the hunching of the shoulders, which will allow you breathe easier and protect the neck from any tension or stress.

If you’re looking to get into running, or are already a runner who is always looking to learn more tips, utilize the five tips above for a better performance. Or check out these other tips that can help you improve your running and keep you on the fast track to good health.

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Five things to Stop Doing in the New Year to get Healthier

Improving overall happiness can be achieved through several different ways. Taking the effort to change your lifestyle starts with the decision to make your life healthier. Nobody wants to be sick, since an illness is inconvenient and awful. It deprives you from going to work, school, or the ability to look after yourself or your family. Nobody wants that!

It is easy to make lifestyle changes that improve your mental and physical health. Follow these five things to stop doing in 2016 in order to get healthier and make the best choices about nutrition, hygiene, counseling, relationships, and family.

  1. Stop ignoring basic hygiene

Maintaining clean hygiene starts with simply washing your hands more frequently. Washing your hands is proven to prevent germs from spreading and causing illnesses. Make it a habit to wash your hands whenever you come inside from shopping/ dog walking/ taking transit, etc. and always wash up before you eat.

  1. Give up bad sleep habits

Staying up late takes a toll, especially as you get older. Rest is an essential part of any individual’s day and the key to a happier, healthier life. Feeling rested means your body is ready to fight crime – well, at the very least fight bacteria that may cause an illness. A good night’s sleep also helps you be more productive at work and less likely to snap at your partner over little irritants (which may cause you to sleep on the couch which will lead to a poor night’s sleep….). Being well rested has also been linked to weight loss and improved mental health.

  1. Stay Away from Negative Relationships

Improve or form new relationships in 2016 to for a happier mental state. Mental health management includes having a strong support system. Spend less time with those that influence you in a negative way or that are intent on their own needs at the expense of yours. Everyone has their “off” days, but when your friend or family member is a chronic complainer or mired in drama and it’s too much for you to handle, let them know you need some space to ensure the both of you can focus on maintaining more positive relationships.

  1. Stop Ignoring Nutrition

Nutrition starts with a balanced diet. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet, and change up what you eat. Select whole grains when shopping for breads, since whole grains boost your
energy. Making the change to cut out too much sodium from your diet can lower blood pressure. Refreshing the body with plenty of water helps you avoid dehydration. This is not new information – and you know it! However, you may have yet to ditch the chips and soda from your pantry and replace them tea and fruit. Spend 2016 shedding one unhealthy food each month and start trying new, healthier foods. You don’t have to fall in love with kale, but you may come to adore cabbage or passion fruit.

  1. Stop Avoiding Exercise

This is another thing you know you should be doing, but have yet to make it a habit. Start today. Go outside and go for a short walk. If it’s cold, walk inside a mall or shopping complex. Keep moving for five minutes. Tomorrow, do it again, but add a couple of minutes. Work your way up to 30 minutes of active walking. You’ll feel so good you’ll want to add some resistance training or maybe take up running. The trick is to find something active you like to do and get started, even if it’s just for a few minutes on those first weeks.

Make 2016 your best year yet by dropping five unhealthy habits and replacing them with things that will make your future years happier, more productive and active.

Call your Edmonton Life Insurance brokers, Sadler Insurance, for more information on a healthier 2016: 780-433-4426

10 Ways to Reduce Stress Now

No matter who you are or what you do, you feel the effects of stress. Stress affects our bodies and minds negatively, sometimes even manifesting in physical symptoms. There may be no way to avoid stress because it comes with living life, but there are ways to instantly reduce that physical and mental heaviness that you can practice every day to lighten up your mood.

  1. Reach out and touch someone: Physical contact is proven to help lower stress-causing hormones. Holding hands, hugging, and kissing are all great ways to relieve stress. Grab your loved one and hold on tight.
  2. Get Physical: Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Getting your blood flowing a your l breath going is a great way to clear your head. You don’t have to run or do heavy physical activity if that’s not your thing; yoga, walking and even cleaning the house can cure that stressful feeling.
  3. Just Breathe: We all breathe, but how many times a day (or week) do you sit and focus on deep, slow breathing? Research shows that just 2 minutes a day of deep breathing can lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as reduce stress. Inhale through your nose and exhale deeply shutting out distractions.
  4. Slow Down: Life moves quickly and most of us are probably guilty of not being “present”. Try 5 minutes of being aware of what’s happening around you. Put the distractions away and just be in the moment of what’s happening around you – you’ll enjoy things more.
  5. Ditch the Junk: Eating healthfully is hard when you’re stressed – somfort food is extremely appealing. But filling up on fatty, greasy or sugar filled foods will actually raise your stress level (and most likely the number on the scale). Try keeping the stress snacks out of the house and reaching for fruits, veggies, lean protein or whole grains. Food high in Omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna, is proven to help reduce your stress hormones.
  6. Rock Out: When you’re feeling the pressure, listening to soothing music can help clear your ind… And so can rocking out to your favourite band. Carank it up, dance around or sing your heart out!  (This also counts towards your daily exercise!)
  7. Have a Chat: Sometimes you just need to talk it out. Give your best bud a call and unload your woes. It can be very therapeutic to just “get it off your chest” and talk about work, life or home stresses.
  8. LOL: Laughing out loud immediately decreases adrenaline and cortisol – two stress causing hormones in your body. Dig up your favourite comedy, pop some corn and let loose if you’ve got the time.
  9. Find Time to Relax: Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, doing something relaxing like laying down with a heat wrap or taking a hot bath can melt stress away in no time. If you’ve got a little more time and some extra cash kicking around, book yourself a monthly massage.
  10. Chew Gum: Chewing sugarless gum can relieve stress, it tastes good and it can help prevent cavities. Enough said.

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