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Holiday Stress Management Tip #7

Let Go of Perfectionism Perfectionism is one of the main causes of holiday stress. It involves going all-out in every holiday activity and can be felt by you and everyone around you. Instead of enjoying the holiday season, it makes you feel inferior, overwhelmed and even unhappy. It can rob you and your family of the very joy and peace you are seeking. Here are a few signs of holiday perfectionism: There is no room left in your calendar, especially for you. You push yourself past physical and emotional limits. You put yourself down for not getting tasks completed to your high standards. You never feel what you are doing is good enough. You find yourself procrastinating on major activiti

The Miracle of Meditation - Holiday Stress Management Tip #6

The Miracle of Meditation Another great way to alleviate holiday stress is to meditate. According to Psychology Today, "meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra." Meditation and mindfulness are interconnected. In the simplest terms, mindfulness means being fully present, and meditation is making the conscious effort to get there. The easiest way to start a meditation practice involves concentrating on your breath. Set your timer on your phone and just breathe. When thoughts pop into your mind, simply notice them non-judgmentally, and go

Give the Present of Being Present

Holiday Stress Management Tip #5 The holiday season is here! Hopefully, it will be a time of warmth, joy, happiness, excitement, family closeness and religious tradition. Along with it, however, can come the feelings of being over-scheduled, financial stress, fatigue, irritability and even overwhelm. If your family has suffered a loss or significant change within the past year, you might also experience feelings of grief, sadness or depression. There are things you can do to alleviate some of your stress this holiday season, and its impact on your work and personal life. Throughout the next few weeks, I will be sharing some stress management tips, so that you can make the most out of thi

Holiday Stress Management Tip #4

Between employee burnout, political tension, a tumultuous hurricane season and the threat of terrorist attacks/gun violence, stress levels and anxiety are at an all-time high. These tips are designed to help ease the pressure this holiday season. Please feel free to share with employees, co-workers, friends, family, or anyone else you think might benefit. The holiday season is here! Hopefully, it will be a time of warmth, joy, happiness, excitement, family closeness and religious tradition. Along with it, however, can come the feelings of being over-scheduled, financial stress, fatigue, irritability and even overwhelm. If your family has suffered a loss or significant change within the p

Holiday Stress Management Tip #3

Give Yourself a Break Did you know that taking breaks actually improves your productivity? To combat holiday stress, take breaks during the day and rest when your body tells you to. Even 15 minutes can re-energize and rejuvenate you. Study after study has shown that human beings are not built to continuously work. Just like a machine or car, running non-stop with no rest or tune-up will cause a breakdown. According to a study by Kronos, 95% of Human Resources professionals are concerned about the impact of employee burnout and the APA has stated that it costs employers $300 billion dollars per year in lost productivity and turnover. Things become heightened with all the extra thi

Holiday Stress Management Tip #2

Get Enough Sleep This is one of the most important things you can do to combat the effects of holiday stress. Unfortunately, this is the time of year people typically get less sleep, due to all the parties, obligations, and extra long to do lists. Burning the candle at both ends results in the cold/flu season and other unwelcome setbacks. In addition, it can leave us with less patience, causing us to react (usually with anger or frustration) to a negative situation or challenge with a co-worker or family member, rather than respond in a calm and respectful manner. To counteract this, strive for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Make an effort to get a good night's sleep on the nights you ar

 

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