For Your Wellbeing
Benovate aims to transform how we interact with health care and redefine “good health.” We believe in an individualized and holistic approach including physical, emotional, social and financial.
For Benovate members, our blog features topics to encourage transformation though managing the ups and downs of life. For our partners, we include discussions on health engagement and ideas to fix a broken health system. We’re building an approach that works for every entity and every person. Join us along the way.
Trends around productivity are a little dubious. What works for one person might not work for another, and it’s practically impossible to design a style that will work for absolutely everyone. Just look at office design; the open concept space allows some people to feed off the group energy, but others need some element of privacy and quiet to focus.
Financial stress is real, and it affects more people than you might think. CNN reports that 76% of households live paycheck-to-paycheck. Combined with growing credit card debt, many people are living beyond their means. It’s no wonder that 71% of the population cites money troubles as a major source of stress. And that stress bleeds over into relationships, emotional states, and other areas of life.
Daylight savings time is a complicated issue. Ben Franklin proposed it a few hundred years ago, and the fact that we still adhere to it (well, most of the United States does) can be disagreeable by some. It’s not uncommon to overhear discussions around how relevant it is in today’s day and age the impact it can have on areas of life such as relationships and mental health.
We’ve posted blog posts before about how our culture of busy is worn like a badge of honor. Hand in hand with that sentiment is lack of sleep. Whether it’s staying up late, getting up early, or just not sleeping well, being tired is practically endemic. There are a few clear culprits stopping us from getting eight hours of shut-eye every night--blue light from cell phones, TVs, and other electronics is probably the most common--but there are other lifestyle factors, too.
Regardless of your new year’s resolutions, there’s always something to strive towards when it comes to your career. We all have ideas of where we want to be in a year. Or five years. Or ten years. But building out a long-term plan isn’t easiest thing, and putting timeframes on things can feel like undue pressure. That’s why we’re recommending setting career goals.
February is known for hearts. And I’m not just talking about the candy hearts with quirky sayings. February is American Heart Month. It has been around for a while—since LBJ signed it into existence in 1964—and incidence of heart disease has decreased since then, when it was causing over half the deaths in America.
Companies want you to think that a good Valentine’s Day has to include spending money. Flower shops push for more than the standard dozen roses; candy shops increase the price of chocolates to add a ribbon.
There are limitless analogies that can apply to being in a relationship. It might seem as if you’re walking on air one second, have a stomach butterflies the next, and then feel like your heart was dropped in a blender – all in the span of a few minutes. Love is like sensory overload for the mind.
There’s something about warm weather that makes healthy eating easy. Maybe it’s the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that come into season? The warmer weather makes us more thirsty, so we drink more water? Whatever the magic combination is, it doesn’t quite make it into the winter months. It’s draining to go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. It’s not quite the kind of mindset that makes one say ‘Let’s grill some deliciously healthy chicken veggie kabobs.’
Bonding takes effort in the digital age. Whereas a few years ago a night together might have involved conversation or board games, nowadays, multiple screens tend to divide more often than unite. and even in-person gatherings are decidedly unsocial in the presence of social media. If you or your loved ones (including friends!) prefer to Snapchat or Facetime instead of, you know, communicate in person, structured bonding time might be a good idea.