Stress Less This Spring

The employees of Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) are focusing on reducing their stress in the workplace and beyond this week. We invite you to join us in learning about stress and exploring different ways to help reduce stress every day.

Many people face stress on a daily basis, and it can affect different people in different ways. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at least three different types of stress: routine stress, stress brought on by a sudden negative change, and traumatic stress. All three types of stress carry both mental and physical health risks, and it is important to recognize when you are experiencing these stressors so you are better able to use techniques to reduce their effects. Over time, continued stress may lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety and other illnesses.

Managing the amount of stress you have and reducing future stress is critical to leading a happy and healthy life. Try utilizing some of these stress management techniques:

  • Exercise regularly – just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking.
  • Meditate for five minutes. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and focus on your breathing.
  • Laugh. When it comes to stress, laughter can be the best medicine.
  • Listen to music. Soothing tunes to help relax or blowing off some steam to some hard rock will both reduce your stress.
  • Slow down and take time to focus on the things around you.

For more ways to reduce stress, check out these suggestions from WebMD and the Mayo Clinic.

We hope you can find ways to reduce the stress in your daily life. SLWA’s service line warranty program can help reduce stress involved with service line failure. Visit www.slwofa.com to find out how you can get peace of mind and a stress-free repair process in the event that you have a problem.

#ThrowbackThursday

As part of our efforts to improve our customer communication, we are going to be featuring a short story about a different partner every week. We will explore the fun and diverse features of each partner! We are kicking off this new project with Clarksburg, West Virginia.

The charming city of Clarksburg is a true gem of West Virginia. Clarksburg is the county seat of Harrison County. The city is loaded with history – featuring multiple historic buildings and landmarks, it is easy to get lost in another time. Take a trip down the Civil War Trails sites or make a stop at the Waldomore, which houses a large number of historical records and the famous Gray Barker Collection.

Modern day Clarksburg provides a lot for both residents anwaterpark 2d visitors to do. One of the favorite places to visit for locals and visitors alike is Veterans Memorial Park. The 50-acre park is the summer entertainment hub for the city.

“Veterans Memorial Park is the top destination for recreation,” said Tara Morrison, Marketing Coordinator for the Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The park now features a wide variety of summer activities. A favorite is the City Parks of Clarksburg Splash Zone. Originally a city pool, it was closed for the 2012 season to complete a major renovation. The updated Splash Zone opened in 2013 and features a lazy river, waterslides, a 25-meter competition pool and a zero-depth entry children’s play area.

After you have spent Clarksburg-Amphitheateryour day in the sun splashing around, you can head over to the Clarksburg Amphitheater. The “AMP,” as it is known locally, features both local and national headlining music throughout the summer. In addition, a program that began in 2010 known as “Movies in the Park” is a big hit.

“On Fridays throughout the summer, we offer free movies for families,” Morrison said.

We are thrilled to have Clarksburg as a partner since 2009 and hope you get a chance to experience this historical city. For more information on what to do in Clarksburg, visit the Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://www.clarksburgvisitorswv.com, or check out their Facebook page Explore Clarksburg.

Money-saving Monday

According to CNN, roughly half of Americans are saving five percent or less of their incomes, with 18 percent of those having no savings at all. To help get your savings jump started, here are some tips that can save money just by changing the way you do things you already do!

Around the House

  • Weatherproof your home. Caulk holes and cracks that let warm air escape in the winter and cold air escape in the summer. Your local hardware store has materials, and quite possibly useful advice, about inexpensively stopping unwanted heat or cooling loss.
  • Use low-flow shower heads. They can reduce water flow by as much as 40 percent.
  • Live relatively near your workplace. While this isn’t always possible, driving 5,000 miles less a year can lower transportation costs by more than $1,000.
  • Repair dripping faucets. A slow, steady drip (100 drops per minute) wastes 330 gallons of water in a month. That’s nearly 4,000 gallons per year.
  • Choose home repair contractors wisely. Favor contractors who have successfully performed work for people you know. Insist on a written, fixed-price bid. Don’t make full payment until satisfactory completion of the work.

Other Ways to Save

  • Never purchase expensive items on impulse. Think over each expensive purchase for at least 24 hours. Acting on this principle will mean you have far fewer regrets about impulse purchases and far more money for emergency savings.
  • Substitute coffee for expensive coffee drinks. The two dollars a day you could well save by buying a coffee rather than a cappuccino or latte would allow you, over the course of a year, to completely fund a $500 emergency fund.
  • Keep your car engine tuned and its tires inflated to their proper pressure. Doing both can save you up to $100 a year in gas.
  • Save your loose change. Putting aside fifty cents a day over the course of a year will allow you to save nearly 40 percent of a $500 emergency fund.
  • Borrow books rather than purchasing them. Borrowing books and reading magazines at your local library, rather than purchasing reading material, can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

These are just a few way to save every day. Being prepared for an emergency expense will help to reduce stress and provide you with the peace of mind to know you are ready if something goes wrong. In addition to these 10 tips, check out more money saving tips here.

To find out how SLWA can help provide you with budget-protecting peace of mind, visit www.slwofa.com.

Time for Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds, Sun Rays and Sky.

During this time of year, most people are looking to clean up and clean out, finding things they don’t have use for and throwing them away, or in some cases, finally figuring out a way to use what they have in a better way. Service Line Warranties of America is doing some spring cleaning of its own. We are working on revamping and improving our blogs and social media, and we will be debuting our new format next week!

While we put the finishing touches on our spring work, take some time to check out these spring plumbing tips and make sure you are ready for what spring has to offer! For more information on other ways to be prepared for spring, visit www.slwofa.com.