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Saving With Steve

Apr 3, 2021

In this episode of Saving With Steve, host Steve Sexton is joined by coach and stress management expert, Janice Livtin, who is the author of the Banish Burnout Toolkit, a workbook designed to help you learn how to change your reactions to stress from the inside out, and Paul Kesserwani, Founder and CEO of Cushion, a company that safeguards your money by using artificial intelligence to analyze your financials and figure out the best way to dispute charges on your behalf.


Before the pandemic, American workers were already stressed to the tune of $190 billion annually in healthcare expenses. The World Health Organization had declared burnout as a syndrome caused by unrelenting stress that never gets handled. We have been living with COVID-19 for the last year, and we see the devastation in the news, parents are worried for their children, and many people have started working remotely. Remote work can lead to overworked employees that sit on computers all day, never get outside for a healthy dose of Vitamin D, and suffer from loneliness. It’s time to banish the burnout!


My first guest today, Janice Livtin, is a coach, stress management expert, and author of the Banish Burnout Toolkit, who is on a mission to help leaders and teams banish burnout in their organizations. She joins us today to discuss the importance of identifying our stress response and unpacking our emotional baggage and explains what a stress audit is, why we need one, and how to conduct it. Janice also provides insight into how anyone can build habits for optimal wellness, performance, and focus, and shares three proven tips for banishing burnout during uncertain times and 


Bank and credit card fees cost Americans roughly $200 billion per year. Luckily, there are several services that, for a minimal fee, can reduce or completely eliminate these fees. Getting these fees under control is an easy New Year’s Resolution for consumers. My second guest, Paul Kesserwani, Founder and CEO of Cushion, has saved consumers more than $5 million in bank and credit card fees since their founding in 2018. He joins us today to discuss how the process of negotiating away bank fees can be an easy way to get a handle on our finances and help us live a financially healthier life. Paul addresses different myths surrounding bank and credit card fees, and also explains how his company, Cushion, can help you get your bank and credit card fees refunded automatically.


We also talk about three things that you can do now to have a successful tax season.


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