Benefits to Look for in a Life Insurance Plan

I grew up with my father working different jobs: lawyer, newspaper editor, radio station manager, elected government official and at one point, an insurance agent. However, my father never really discussed insurance to us, his children.

Years later, a couple of months after finishing university while I was still busy searching for that perfect job :), I was approached by a smart-dressed, middle-aged woman. She proceeded to invite me for lunch which included an insurance presentation. Her goal was not to sell me an insurance plan. The goal was to make an insurance agent out of me.

And so technically, my first job after finishing my Psychology degree was really selling insurance. Although I did not stay long working as an insurance agent, that experience taught me a bit about insurance.

Today, we  can of course read and know more about the different insurance companies and their products through media and through the internet.

According to a Philippine Daily Inquirer article way back in January this year, about 48 million Filipinos are covered by life insurance policies during the 3rd quarter of 2017. The article notes that there has been a rise in the number of Filipinos availing of life insurance citing that in 2010, only 15.4 million Filipino lives were covered by insurance.

Well, I hope they took out life insurance policies that would really be beneficial for them. I hope they took the time to read the fine print of their policies. I hope they took the time to scrutinize and even compare the benefits from different insurance groups. I hope they knew what benefits to look for in a life insurance plan.

Personally, I would like a life insurance plan that has extensive coverage, with benefits that I can really enjoy. I also want it to have benefits which would include my family. And I would appreciate if it has innovative benefits. What I mean by this is it has benefits that even other insurance groups have not thought about yet. And of course, I would like to get an insurance plan from a trusted, reliable name.

While it is expected that life insurance plans would mean financial benefits to the immediate family member of the insured upon death, personally, I would also appreciate receiving benefits while I am still alive 🙂 Here are the top 3 benefits that I would also look for in a life insurance plan:

  1. Health and accident benefits.  I would like to have health and accident benefits to be part of the plan. This means that even while the policyholder is still alive, in the event of disease, accident or disability (temporary or permanent), hospitalization costs incurred by the policy holder will be covered by the life insurance plan.
  2. Waived premiums in case of disability or critical illness. I think it is a terrible thing to suffer disability whether temporary or permanent and to be diagnosed with a critical illness to still be required to pay bills including insurance premiums. Hence, I would go for a life insurance plan that offers waived premiums or payments in the event of a disability or critical illness diagnosis. When we are young and at the prime of life, it is easy to picture that we will always be healthy, mobile, able. But in reality, we can not really  predict what will happen to us in the course of our life. I think it is a good thing to be assured then that should one suffer disability or critical illness, one would not have the added burden of continuing payments for one’s life insurance plan.
  3. Investment component. I think it is a nice option that it is not only your heirs will enjoy or reap the benefits of your life insurance. I appreciate a life insurance plan that allows me to receive coverage while giving me the opportunity to invest my hard earned money at the same time. My premiums could earn interest over time and I can enjoy a portion of my life insurance benefits after a certain amount of time, while I am still very much alive 🙂

My expectations of the kind of insurance I want has led me to know more about YGC Family Protect. I think it is a win-win situation for us and for our families that YGC Corporate Services, Inc. has partnered with the industry-leading insurance providers under the Yuchengco Group of Companies to provide products and
services for our and our family’s financial protection. And I am happy to note that they also provide health protection plans for us and for our families, too, via Malayan Family Protect.

Under Malayan Family Protect, there are various Health Protection Plans to choose from: Hospital Cash Plan, Family Shield, Family Protect Plus, Card For Life, Family Protect Elite and Family Protect Max. Take note how innovative the Card for Life is: it even provides for add-on cash benefits for payment of your annual credit card dues!

Yes, get insured. Make sure you know what benefits to look for in your insurance plan. And do include your family as you get one.

For more information about Ygc family protect and Malayan family protect, take time to check out these sites:

4 Tips in Coping with Stress

It is inevitable. We will always have our share of stress-filled moments in life. And apparently, the older we get and the more experienced we are with life, our sources of stress or stressors seem to also level up.

While not all stress is actually bad for us, it does help to make our lives better and healthier when we know how to cope with or face stress. If our stressors seem to multiply or level up in relation to our age then I think our ways of coping with stress need to also improve, level up.

1. Your perspective matters. The way you look at stress and whatever causes it can affect how you cope. It is to your best interest then not to allow yourself to look at the stressful situation as something beyond repair or beyond solution. What you can do instead is to think of possible ways and steps on how you can face your stressor. Personally, what has been helpful for me is to remind myself that I have survived through several stressful situations in the past and surely, there is a way for me to face well this particular stressor in my life right now.

2. Focus on what you can do now. Sometimes what makes a situation or problem more stressful and energy sapping is when you constantly repeat or rehash what could have been or what should have been done so that there would have been no stressor to face now. But the reality is what has happened has indeed happened and so what you need to be focused now is what can be done. For instance, if you have found yourself deep in debt, what can be done now is just to look for possible solutions. You can reach out to a friend or a family member who is adept with finances or a financial advisor you can trust who can help you. This can also be the time to avail of debt relief services.

3. Continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are able to face stress well if we have been living a healthy lifestyle: enough sleep and rest, eating well, doing regular exercise. The temptation is to cut hours in our rest and sleep in the name of productivity or failing to exercise because we do not have time for it or to eat what is just readily available, never mind if it’s overloaded with sugar, with calories. We are better “armed” to face stress if we have taken the time to take care of ourselves.

4. Find your de-stressor. You need to know what are the things that can de-stress or relax you. Perhaps it is talking to your friends or your loved ones. Perhaps it is taking the time to read the Bible and some inspirational literature. The key is doing these things that can de-stress you within the day, week or month. Take regular time to de-stress and you will actually find yourself better able to cope with stress.

Let’s Do the 3-Mile Walk!

I mentioned in an earlier post this year that I have discovered a new workout which I have begun doing sometime in February.

Well, it is really a walking program which I found just by scanning the internet. I am referring to Leslie Sansone’s 3- mile walk at home program/workout as promoted by the American Heart Association. I find it very doable! And I no longer have any excuse not to “walk” when it is raining outside as I can do it right at home 🙂

Now this month of June has meant a better resolve for me to walk 3-5 times a week. And the reason behind that is that my husband is now doing the walk with me 🙂  He now does this before doing his regular work out.

According to Leslie, a certified fitness expert and collaborator with the American Heart Association, walking 3 to 5 times per week goes towards our general health. But if the goal is to lose weight, walks should be done 4 to 6 times per week. I am aiming this month for a 4-5 times per week walk. I think losing a pound or 2 would be great for me 🙂 But overall, I just want to walk towards better health and if I lose some weight in the process then that is well and good. You see, if we are not intentional in doing something active, we get stuck with the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.

Leslie as can be seen in the video, encourages and inspires you while you walk. She incorporates other movements during the walk to also work your other muscles. I also love it that there is a warm up part and then the cool down part of the program.

So here is the 3-mile Walk video with Leslie. If I can do it, I believe so can you! Let’s do this!

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