5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Staying healthy is about more than paying attention to your physical body – your mental health directly influences how you think, feel, react, and maintain relationships. If you don’t take steps to promote your mental health, you may find that anxiety, depression, and irritability can take control of your life.

5 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health #MentalHealthWeek

Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a mental illness, taking steps to improve your mental well-being can improve your physical health and help you maintain positive relationships.

Here are five tips you can use to help improve your mental health:

  1. Talk with those who care about you. Simply talking to friends, family members, or co-workers can help you overcome a personal problem and stay connected.
  2. Take a break from digital distractions. Although smartphones and other modern technology make it easy to stay connected with others, focusing too much on digital media can make it easy to ignore close relationships and the world around you. 5 Ways to Prevent Digital Overload
  3. Take care of your body. Your brain is still part of your physical, body, so it’s important to exercise regularly, maintain a health diet and get enough restful sleep. Exercising the Body and Brain
  4. Set realistic goals and focus on taking the first step. Many projects or errands can seem overwhelming when taken as a whole. Try planning out steps for large tasks and concentrate on what you need to do first.
  5. Get help when you need it. Although there can be negative social stigmas about seeking help for mental or emotional problems, mental health professionals are trained to help manage stress and mental illnesses with therapy or medication.

These tips have been provided by Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions. Scrivens is an Ottawa insurance broker and investment advisor dedicated to promoting health and safety for everyone.

6 March Break Travel Tips

March break is one of the most popular times for Canadians to travel. To ensure that your next trip is fun and stress-free, follow these six tips to help avoid travel woes:

  1. Review the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories page.
  2. Visit a travel clinic or speak with your health care provider six weeks before you leave. Doing so will ensure that you are up to date with your vaccinations and in good health.
  3. Sign up for the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service.
  4. Purchase the best travel insurance you can, as your Ontario health insurance will not protect your in other countries.
  5. Ensure that your passport is up to date. How to renew your passport.
  6. Pack a travel health kit. This kit should include basic first-aid items and enough supplies to prevent illness, handle minor injuries, and manage pre-existing medical conditions.

If you are flying, review the Government of Canada’s air travel page for information on what you can bring on the plan. This page also includes information on pre-boarding identification requirements and an explanation of the airport security screening process.

BONUS TIP!!! Our last tip to a fun and stress-free vacation is to RELAX and ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES. It is great to have a pre-planned itinerary of your entire vacation to be sure no experience is missed but it’s important to let your vacation dictate what you do. The weather, an illness, or even an event you weren’t aware of can change your priorities. Don’t force yourself to follow your plan to a ‘T’, rather change your plans to accommodate contingencies!

Happy March Break!! 🌞

Protecting your Key Assets with “Key Person Life Insurance”

Most organizations employ at least one individual who is essential to the company’s success. This person may be a partner, a majority stockholder, or an individual with expertise that is unmatched throughout the rest of the company.

If this person’s exit from the company is planned, such as retirement or voluntary termination, then you can prepare for the loss and take the necessary precautions to minimize the impact. However, if the departure is unplanned due to a death, disabling accident, or on-the-spot resignation, then the company is exposed to financial risks.

Consider key person life insurance to offset your risk. This insurance solution can protect your organization’s solvency in the event that you lose the key person or people without warning, and also the investments made by lenders and investors to the company.

How Does Key Person Life Insurance Work?

  • Employer purchases life insurance on the key individual(s)
  • Employer is the beneficiary of the life insurance policy and applies for and owns the policy. If the key employee dies prematurely, the policy pays out to the employer
  • Tax-free dollars from the policy can be put toward finding, hiring, and training a replacement employee, compensation for lost business during the transition and/or financing timely business transactions
  • Policy can be transferred to a different key employee as a retirement benefit or to a different key individual, upon the retirement of the original key employee
  • It can be used to buy out the key employee’s shares or interest in the company
  • Premiums are based on several factors, including the key employee’s age, physical conditions, and health history. The amount of coverage also affects the premium.

Advantages of Key Person Life Insurance

  • Can be easily implemented and does not require Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) approval; only requires an annual report to the CRA
  • Life insurance benefits are paid to the company tax-free
  • Customers, creditors, lenders, and stockholders have the assurance that the business has a continuation plan and coverage in place
  • There is flexibility in what the funds can be used for.

Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions understands that your key assets need protecting and we are here to help! Please contact us today to learn more about key person life insurance solutions.

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Become a Physically Active Family

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Studies show that kids who are supported by friends and family or surrounded by active people and more likely to be active. Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving.

Benefits of Activity

Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It can help prevent chronic diseases, control weight, build lean muscle, reduce fat, and decrease the risk of obesity. Children need at least an hour every day of moderate to vigorous activity to maintain a healthy weight.

Active Families

Being active as a family increases opportunities for kids and families to be physically active. Here are some activities you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle.

  • Give children toys that encourage physical activity, such as balls, kites, and jump ropes.
  • Encourage children to join a sports team or to try a new physical activity.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Facilitate a safe walk to and from school several times a week.
  • Walk around the block after a meal.
  • Find time to spend together doing a fun activity, like family bike day, swim day, or skate day.
  • Make a new house rule: No sitting still during television commercials.
  • Issue a family challenge to commit to physical activity five days a week for six weeks.

Other Ways to Get Active

Increasing your family’s physical activity is not the only way to help your kids get active. Here are some other ways you can be involved:

  • Limit TV time and keep the television out of your child’s bedroom.
  • Talk to your children’s principal or write to your district superintendent to incorporate more physical education in schools.
  • Encourage schools to hold recess before lunch to increase physical activity before mealtime.
  • Volunteer to help with after-school physical activity programs or sports teams.

Source: www.participaction.com

5 Tips for Hiring the Right Babysitter

Finding a babysitter that you trust with the care and protection of your children can be difficult. And the added pressure of choosing someone who gets along well with your family is especially daunting.

Thankfully, the following tips will help simplify the babysitter-selection process:

  1. Hire a sitter who is at least 16 years of age
  2. Ensure that the sitter has taken CPR and other relevant courses
  3. Invite the sitter to spend time with you and your children before you hire him or her for the job. This will allow your children to acclimate and give you some insight into how the sitter interacts with your family
  4. Conduct a thorough interview and be sure to check references. Ask questions related to experience, availability, and cooking ability
  5. Trust your gut. Oftentimes, you will be able to get a good sense of what a person is like in the first 10 minutes of meeting with him or her. If your instincts are telling your something, it’s best to follow them.

When interviewing candidates, it’s good to keep the information of one or two backup sitters in case your top choice falls through.

Your child’s daycare MUST support these 4 healthy habits

Studies show that about 20 percent of children are overweight or obese by their sixth birthday; these children are four times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. To promote early childhood health, consider the following tips.

Screen Time

Children 2 years old and under should not be exposed to television, and children over age 2 should limit exposure to 1 to 2 hours of quality programming each day.

However, studies show that nearly 90 percent of children under age 2 watch television daily. Preschool children also watch more television than is recommended.

Other studies have shown links between television viewing and risk of preschool children being overweight.

Choosing a Child Care Facility

When choosing a child care facility for your children, consider its environment.

Physical Activity

Children need opportunities to be physically active through play and other activities. Physical activity helps them to obtain and improve motor skills, coordination, balance and control, strength, dexterity, and flexibility. Look for a child care centre that has a comprehensive activity policy and equipment to play on.

Healthy Eating

Eating well is important not only for preventing the risk of obesity, it is also important for the healthy development of young children. Look for a child care facility that focuses on nutritional quality of the food they serve.

You can help your child maintain healthy habits through the development of good habits for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. You can also help by ensuring that your child’s surroundings promote healthy habits.

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Dealing with personal stressors at work

angelina jolie stressEveryone’s personal life can get a bit hectic at times. these stressful times can cause headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, sleeping disturbances, and difficulty concentrating. Stress also makes it harder for your body to defend against illness and can make current health problems worse.

Not only is stress hard on your body, it also affects your work life and responsibilities. When personal stressors – divorce, death of a family member or friend, money troubles, problems with children, or taking care of an elderly relative – affect your personal life, they can have negative effects on your work life, too.

To ensure that your work doesn’t suffer during a time of personal stress, consider the following recommendations:

  1. Keep a stress journal and write down exactly what is making you stressed: “I cannot seem to pay off my credit card,” “My children are acting up at school,” or “The death of my mother has made me feel like I can’t go on.” Then record how you react to these stressors and analyze whether there are more effective alternatives for dealing with them.
  2. Eliminate activities in your life that are not necessary, especially when going through personal stress. Focus your time on your health, your work and getting past the stressful situation.
  3. Take care of yourself. That means getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and getting regular exercise.
  4. Work on letting go of things that you can’t change.
  5. Ask for assistance from family members or friends. Chances are, if it is affecting you, it is also affecting them.
  6. Talk, laugh, and cry about your stressors. This will help you feel some relief from these burdens by just getting your emotions out.

Breathing exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, getting a massage, aromatherapy, yoga, or pilates are great ways to de-stress. Consider incorporating these practices into your routine.