Free stress management seminar offered

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Airdrie residents will have the opportunity to learn how to manage everyday stress and financial stress during a Financial Wellness Seminar Jan. 24 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.

The Life of Wellness seminar is free to attend and will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rotary Room.

According to Melanie Taylor, life health and wellness coach with Life of Wellness, financial stress is the number one reason why marriages fall apart.

“There’s so many different things you can do when it comes to stress management…. What’s important to understand, though, is not so much understanding a whole bunch of methods, it’s about, ‘What happens in my stress cycle?’” she said.

Many people react quickly when they’re stressed and Taylor’s goal is to help people manage that in healthy ways.

“What happens is, in that moment to react quickly, we’re going to go into our toolbox and we’re going to pull out whatever it is that’s worked for us before,” she said. “We’re not questioning whether the tool works – it’s just in our toolbox, it’s what we’ve learned to do before. So it may be drinking, eating, crawling into bed and sleeping.”

Using the wrong tool to deal with stress can actually create more stress, she said.

Ash Dawodharry, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Airdrie, will be speaking at the event.

“Really, it’s just to raise awareness of what options are out there,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know you can start investing with as little as $25, for example. As soon as you’re 18, you can start planning ahead.”

He said financial planning is key in preventing financial stress and it’s important to have financial goals and stick to them.

“Sometimes (stress) may cause (people) to get out of balance and lose track of what their goals are at the end. So my goal is to help people achieve those goals, whatever they are,” he said. “If you’ve got some resolutions where you want to make some changes and improve yourself for the new year, (this is the) perfect opportunity to come learn some more and put (those resolutions) into action.”

Those interested in attending the seminar are asked to register ahead of time on eventbrite.com but can also show up at the door.

The event will include appetizers, beverages and door prizes.

“I think when it comes to wellness as a whole – whether that’s financial wellness or just wellness – I think the number one thing we can do is empower ourselves with knowledge,” Taylor said.

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