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It’s no secret that folks everywhere are dealing with a lot of stress in their lives. Whether it’s money, family, health or something else, most people are affected by something. But it turns out, where you live may play a role in how stressed out you truly are. 

Well, WalletHub set out to determine which states residents' are the most stressed out, looking at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 38 stress indicators. Such factors include average hours of work per week, personal bankruptcy rates, share of adults getting adequate sleep and more.

Overall, the report finds that folks in Louisiana are the most stressed, ranking at number three for money-related and health-related stress, and at four for work-related stress. While Mississippi came in fourth overall, they were tops when it came to money-related stress, while West Virginia has the most health and safety-related stress, Nevada has the highest family-related stress and Alaska has the highest work-relate stress.

Top Ten Most Stressed States

  1. Louisiana
  2. New Mexico
  3. West Virginia
  4. Mississippi
  5. Nevada
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Alabama
  9. Kentucky
  10. Tennessee

On the other end of the spectrum, folks in Minnesota are the least stressed, coming in dead last for money-related and health and safety-related stress, and pretty low for family and work-related stress as well. 

Ten Least Stressed States

  1. Minnesota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Utah
  4. Iowa
  5. South Dakota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Colorado
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Hawaii
  10. Nebraska

Source: WalletHub

Are you finding it harder to lose weight now than you have in the past? Well, apparently you’re not alone. 

A new survey finds that both people and doctors say it’s harder than ever before to take off the pounds. The poll finds that 62% of U.S. adults and 77% of primary care physicians (PCPs) believe today’s busy modern lifestyles make it more difficult for people to lose weight, with 69% of doctors saying it’s harder now that it was just ten years ago.

As for why, doctors suggest all our tech may be to blame. Turns out, 95% of primary care physicians and 88% of adults say our screen time keeps us from moving around as much as we did in the past. Also to blame are on-demand services like meal delivery, ride sharing and streaming TV, with 80% of adults and 82% of PCPs saying it keeps Americans inactive.

What’s more, 97% of doctors say they are concerned that Americans not taking enough time to plan healthy meals will not only affect their weight, but their family’s weight as well.

Overall, the survey finds that 41% of U.S. adults are trying to lose weight, but only 29% are confident they will be able to meet their weight loss goals. And they’re likely doubtful because they’ve seen it before, with 59% saying this isn’t their first attempt at losing weight, with the typical person having tried five times in the past five years.

Source: Yahoo Finance

Distracted driving is the biggest danger on the road, and there are a lot of things that could be distracting us behind the wheel. According to a new report by Erie Insurance, more than 172,000 people were killed in car crashes in the past five years, with 10% of those crashes blamed on distracted drivers.

So, what is preventing us from focusing all our attention on the road? Well, the report finds that “day dreaming” is the biggest reason folks involved in fatal accidents were distracted behind the wheel, with 61% of drivers saying they were guilty of getting lost in thought while driving. Coming in second is cellphone use, whether it’s talking, listening, dialing or texting, something 14% of drivers involved in fatal accidents say they were guilty of.

Other distractions include:

  • Outside person, object or event (like rubbernecking) - 6%
  • Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in car) - 5%
  • Using or reaching for device brought into vehicle (such as navigational device, headphones) - 2%
  • Adjusting audio or climate controls - 1%
  • Eating or drinking - 1%
  • Using other device/controls integral to vehicle, (adjusting rear view mirrors, seats, or using OEM navigation system) - 1%
  • Moving object in vehicle, such as pet or insect - <1%
  • Smoking related (includes smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in ashtray) - <1%

Source: Erie Insurance 

Finding the sweet spot with your diet isn’t always easy. When we’re trying to eat as healthy as possible, we want foods that give us as much nutritional value as possible and thanks to a study published in PLOS One, we know what they are.

Researchers grouped foods together in combos that meet our daily nutrient requirements with the smallest number of foods possible and the ones that were used in the most combinations were ranked as having the most “nutritional fitness.” These are the most nutritionally fit foods that you should add to your grocery list:

  • Almonds - These nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids - the “good fats” - as well as vitamin E and folate, so they’re at the top of the list in the fat-rich foods category.
  • Cherimoya - You probably haven’t heard of or seen this tropical fruit, but it’s full of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They say it tastes like a cross between a banana and a pineapple and it’s the nutritionally fit food in the carbohydrate-rich category.
  • Ocean perch - This deepwater fish is the most nutritionally fit food in the protein-rich category because it’s high in protein, vitamin B12, and selenium.
  • Flatfish - Flounder and halibut are packed with protein, vitamin B, and folate, plus, they’re low in mercury. Bonus!
  • Chia seeds - These little black seeds are nutritional powerhouses full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.

Source: MyDomaine

Picking a name for your baby isn’t easy and certain things can ruin a perfectly good name and take it out of the running forever. For example, you’re probably not going to name your new bundle of joy after your worst roommate ever, the worst kid in your elementary school class, or your ex.

But according to a new survey from parenting site ChannelMum, some names that were once pretty popular are now no-nos because of negative cultural associations. Case in point: Alexa. It was one of the most popular girls’ names in 2016, but thanks to Amazon’s virtual assistant, no one wants to name their daughter after a device now.

These are some other once-popular names new parents are passing over these days.

Girls' names:

  • Alexa – because of Amazon's Alexa.
  • Felicia – because of the “Bye, Felicia” meme.
  • Kate – because people still love Kate Middleton, but now they’re obsessed with Meghan Markle.
  • Scarlett – because parents prefer other colors today, like Violet.
  • Lauren – because so many reality TV stars have the name, apparently.

Boys’ names:

  • Stan – because of the hashtag #Stan, which stands for 'stalker fan' in the world of Twitter
  • Harvey – because of Harvey Weinstein, naturally.
  • Christian – because of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and some consider it too religious.
  • Ryan – because of Irish budget airline, Ryanair
  • Ollie – because it’s the name of a dog food brand caught up in a YouTube challenge where humans ate dog food and no one wants to name their baby after that.

Source: MamaMia

If your plans to get healthy and fit keep getting derailed because chips and Netflix are more fun than carrots and burpees, you’re not alone. Hitting the gym and eating salads every day would definitely kick up your healthy routine, but here are a few ways you can still improve your health while still enjoying the comfort of your couch.

  • Hydrate - Stay healthy the lazy way by drinking more water. It helps with digestion, leaves you with glowing skin, helps flush toxins, and you’re probably not drinking enough.
  • Meatless Monday - No one expects you to become a hardcore vegan, but skipping meat one day of the week is an easy way to be healthier. You might find you like vegetarian food so much you expand to more meatless meals.
  • Walk and talk - If you’re not getting your 10,000 steps a day in, start taking calls while walking or meet your friends for a stroll and a catch up instead of meeting over drinks or coffee. Or at least walk to brunch, which counts too.
  • Eat half - Portion sizes are out of control, so save half of your meal and wait half an hour. If you’re still hungry after the first serving, go back for the rest.
  • Keep a food journal - When it’s all written down, it’s easy to see where your bad habits are and where you can make improvements in your diet.
  • Learn to love smoothies - You can pack tons of greens in a smoothie, and when you add nuts, some berries, almond milk or coconut water, and half a banana and you’ve got a healthy meal replacement.
  • Small swaps - You don’t have to give up wine or cheese, just make healthy substitutions. Trade your diet soda for a seltzer, use unrefined coconut sugar instead of regular white sugar, and sub your regular peanut butter for natural raw almond butter.

Source: The Every Girl

Lots of folks are intermittent fasting these days, and fans of the practice say it provides lots of health benefits aside from weight loss, like reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar levels, and improving memory. So should we be trying it too? Here’s what the experts say.

Intermittent fasting isn’t a one-size-fits-all eating plan. You can tweak it depending on your lifestyle goals, body type, how often you work out, and so on. But basically it means you only eat for a certain number of hours a day and then you don’t eat for a longer amount of time. There’s also a 5:2 version of intermittent fasting that has you eat 500 calories or less for two days of the week and you slightly increase your calories the other five days.

As far as the benefits, Dr. Rusha Modi explains that some research suggests intermittent fasting can help “reset the body’s immune system and help maintain cellular health.” Other research shows that it might help protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. But the basic idea is that it helps the body rejuvenate and repair and boosts overall health.

But is it safe? Dr. Barry Sears says it is as long as you’re no overconsuming when you do eat. And Dr. James Fung explains that a 24-hour fast won’t hurt you because patients have to endure that for medical testing sometimes, but he warns that “the longer a fast, the more risks a patient undertakes.” And it’s only for healthy adults, not kids, or pregnant or breastfeeding women, or people with diabetes or other medical conditions.


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