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Reduce Stress & Refocus Your Life

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Reduce Stress & Refocus Your Life

With everyone trying to do more with less these days, it is easy to become over-stressed and fall into a rut of performing the same monotonous tasks over and over. By introducing creativity, variety and excitement to your day, you can help avoid succumbing to everyday stress. For example, stress levels can be elevated when it comes to mealtime, as the thought of creating different meals night after night can be daunting.

Author and time management expert Ruth Klein is particularly aware of the impact this kind of stress has on people’s daily lives.

“To help combat everyday stress, one simple step you can take to reduce some pressure is to plan meals ahead of time to help give your mind a break from the other worries caused by hectic schedules,” says Klein, author of “The De-Stress Diva in the Kitchen” and “The De-Stress Diva’s Guide to Life.” “After all, spending time in the kitchen to create personalized meals is an easy way to treat yourself to much needed de-stress time, while also rewarding yourself with a delicious dish.”

Klein offers three quick tips to help recharge, refocus and reorganize your life:

Recharge Regularly 
Make sure you eat at timely intervals throughout the day, as food is energy for you emotionally, mentally and physically. As consumers continue to eat out less, they have become increasingly more interested in what they are eating at home or at the office and are discovering new ways to bring creativity to their meal options.

“Try revisiting popular staple dishes, such as salads and potatoes, as they provide the perfect blank slate for exploring all the customizable ways you can create extraordinary meals,” says Klein. “Adding flavorful ingredient combinations to salads and potatoes is a tasty way to infuse your own personal preferences to your meal.”

Leave Work Worries at the Office 
A study by the nonprofit Families and Work Institute reported that one in three U.S. employees is chronically overworked and that more than half feel overwhelmed at least once a month. Taking a few key time-management steps can help you get more done in the day, which will help you avoid thinking about work in the evening and allow more time for a family meal.

“Work with your internal clock. If you are a morning person, do your top priorities at that time; if you are an afternoon person, plan to do your top priorities then,” says Klein.

Plan Ahead 
“Even though women are pressed for time more now than ever before, it is important that they find a balance between juggling busy work schedules, attending kids’ sporting events and trying to plan a great tasting family meal,” says Klein. “I recommend prioritizing projects at the beginning of each week, as well as making a meal plan of what to eat and when.”

However, as the common adage says, there come times when “there aren’t enough hours in the day” and a strategic approach to the week may fall short. In times like these, keeping some flavorful go-to meal combinations, such as new Sargento Blue Cheese Salad Finishers paired with fresh produce, easily accessible can help avoid the stress of preparing something good to eat at the end of a long day.

By using the above tricks to de-stress from the day, you will find that the quality of your days and of your life will increase.

Five Tips to Manage Your Family’s Health


Five Tips to Manage Your Family’s Health


Managing health information, making appointments, keeping track of medications, and monitoring self-care recommendations are just a few of the routine tasks of today’s family health advocate, a role often played by mom. In addition to managing their kids’ health and their own, many moms are also in charge of managing health matters for their spouse or partner, and sometimes an elderly parent or other relative.

Taking care of yourself and your family can be overwhelming at times. Mayo Clinic suggests five tips for managing your family’s health:

1. Ask yourself a few questions.
Take a few minutes to sit down and figure out the questions you’ll most likely be asked in the event of an emergency or in common healthcare situations. If your child’s school nurse called today and asked for his health history, what details would you be able to provide? If your mother fell in the shower, would you have access to critical information needed by emergency caregivers?

2. Get organized.
It seems that health information is never where you need it, when you need it. An online tool like the Mayo Clinic Health Manager gives you the opportunity to store and update personal health records and those of your family members. This free and secure online application gives you a place to store medical information and receive real-time individualized health guidance and recommendations based on the expertise of the Mayo Clinic. You can give access to family members or your doctor and use the tool no matter where you receive medical care. The Mayo Clinic Health Manager isn’t just a place to store and organize your health information, it helps you become more active and engaged in your healthcare.

3. Make doctor visits more efficient.
The time you spend with your doctor is typically brief, but valuable. Take advantage of your time by arriving to the appointment prepared. Before you go, write down any questions you have so you don’t forget to ask them. Bring a list of any medications, vitamins and supplements you’re taking.

“I truly appreciate when my patients are actively engaged and informed about their health,” says Dr. Sidna Tulledge-Scheitel, a primary care physician. “The Mayo Clinic Health Manager can help patients share information more easily with their doctors and manage their own health better between office visits.”

4. Know and use your history to be more proactive.
Use the Mayo Clinic Health Manager to track wellness visits and immunizations for you and your family, as well as to gain control of medication schedules and chronic condition symptoms. Sharing this information with your doctor could help determine future treatment.

5. Build your health assets.
Finances, retirement savings and home equity are all viewed as long-term personal management projects, but people don’t often see their health the same way. Look at your health as a long-term investment and take steps to quickly address any issues while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on the Mayo Clinic Health Manager and how to manage your family’s health, visit