Stressed out

Take a vacation from summertime stress

Countless things can cause stress in our lives. Perhaps your team didn’t do so well in the final series. Maybe your boss tacked on another project. Events, both small and large, can add a tremendous amount of stress in a short amount of time. Summer fun may help some shake the stress, but for others, the stress stays for the season.

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Stay hydrated to stave off the afternoon crash

Whether you’re grinding out the work day until 5 p.m. or spending the day out in the sun, if you’re like me, you succumb to the dreaded 2:30 crash. Don’t mistake this post as an endorsement of the latest and greatest fresh-brewed technology or for that of a wonder-shot toting cowboy. There is actually a great, usually free way to stave off the afternoon yawns. Adequate hydration throughout the day helps keep your body operating smoothly and can keep you feeling refreshed.

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The best weight-management apps

The days of recording your daily calories and activities in a journal or food log are over. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds during the last 10 years with no imaginable end in sight. Nowadays, there is no need to lug around huge journals or to research nutritional menus to see how many calories you ate for lunch. There’s an app for that.

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Read your way to lower stress

Many people have stress in their lives. There are many signs of stress. How people deal with this stress varies among individuals and situations. Some people enjoy exercising to relieve stress, while others get massages, listen to music, or participate in some sort of prayer. I recently rediscovered that reading helps me relieve stress.

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New health plans must include essential health benefits

Essential health benefitsToday, most health plans have limits on how much coverage you get. In 2014, that will no longer be the case for essential health benefits. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires your plan to cover your costs for essential health benefits so that you’ll have the coverage you need. This applies to individual insurance and group insurance that you get either on your own or through your employer.

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