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Conquering Holiday Stress. 2 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P4065 - WorkLife4You Objectives Understand the causes of stress and recognize stress signals Learn.

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1 Conquering Holiday Stress

2 2 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Objectives Understand the causes of stress and recognize stress signals Learn tips and strategies to reduce stress Learn practical pointers for managing holiday stress Develop strategies to manage work and family responsibilities during this busy season Learn tips to help manage holiday stress in children Learn tips for taking care of yourself during the holidays Discover strategies for dealing with holiday-related depression

3 3 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You What Causes Stress? There are two common types of stress: External stressorsenvironmental factors or events Internal stressorsSpecific behaviors, traits or lifestyle choices

4 4 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You How Stressed Are You? Do I often feel out of control? Do I feel constant pressure to achieve? Do I have difficulty concentrating? Do I have feelings of depression, helplessness, anxiety or panic? Do I have difficulty falling asleep or do I wake frequently during the night? Do I suffer from frequent headaches? Have I experienced a significant loss of or increase in appetite?

5 5 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You How Stressed Are You? Do I feel unusually tired? Do I cry (or feel the desire to cry) often? Do I feel faint or dizzy for no apparent reason? Do I experience frequent nausea? Do I experience shortness of breath or feel tightness in my chest without exertion? Do I regularly feel the need to smoke or have a drink to relax?

6 6 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Recognizing Symptoms of Stress Rapid heartbeat Headache Stiff neck and/or tight shoulders Backache Rapid breathing Sweating and sweaty palms Upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea Feeling irritable, frustrated and/or angry Exhaustion Difficulty concentrating Excessive worrying and fear Loss of confidence

7 7 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You General Tips for Managing Stress Define your goals Make time to relax Establish a support system Express your feelings Dont over commit Focus on problem-solving Set Limits, say no Realize youre not perfect Laugh often Practice relaxation and stress reduction techniques Get enough sleep Think positive

8 8 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Planning Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress Make a "to-do" list Get help Dont over-commit Plan ahead

9 9 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Tips for Holiday Shopping and Gift Giving Shop early Be creative Wrap gifts as you buy them Write out holiday cards in advance Mail presents and cards early

10 10 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Controlling Holiday Spending Reduce your gift giving Make a budget and stick to it Discover substitutes Look for value

11 11 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Controlling Holiday Spending (cont) Keep receipts and confirm return policies Avoid unnecessary warranties Pay off purchases quickly

12 12 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Tips for Holiday Travel Make travel plans early Allow plenty of travel time If youre traveling by air, be aware of regulations Anticipate traffic jams

13 13 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Managing Work and Family Make reliable child care arrangements Make adult care arrangements Have a backup care plan in place

14 14 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Managing Work and Family (cont) Get organized Keep the lines of communication open Use down time to your advantage Simplify tasks Ask for help Be positive Make time for your loved ones

15 15 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Children and the Holidays Maintain routines Make sure kids get plenty of sleep Eat healthy Keep kids in the loop Schedule down time Limit television Set expectations and limits Emphasize values Create and maintain traditions

16 16 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays Get plenty of sleep Eatand drinkwell Strive to be healthy Find down time Recognize stress signals

17 17 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You Dealing With Holiday-Related Depression Be realistic Make the best of it Create new traditions Remember lost loved ones Set differences aside Do something for others Plan post-holiday activities

18 18 06/29/2007 2:30pm eSlide - P WorkLife4You WorkLife4You Resources Emotional Health Web Service –Stress & Coping Library –Self-Improvement Library On the Job Web Service –Setting Priorities Library –Time Management Library –Working & Coping with Family Issues Library Daily Needs Web Service –Shopping Library Interactive Quizzes/Assessments Lifestyle Test, Balancing Work, Family and Personal Needs, How Stressed Is Your Family? Are You a Workaholic?, Anxiety Test, Depression Test, Patience Test, Procrastination Test HTML Articles OnDemand Webinars/E-Seminars Conquering Holiday Stress, Stress Management with Humor, Managing Work and Life WorkLife4You Guides Managing Holiday Stress, Stress Management, Managing Work and Life, Communication Skills for Healthy Relationships, Ten Tips to Survive the Holidays without Going Broke, Audio Tips and Podcasts Overcoming Procrastination, How to Shine at Work: Pathways to Productivity Related Web Sites WorkLife4You web site

19 19 Let WorkLife4You Make Your Life a Little Easier! Contact WorkLife4You 24/7: WL4-NOAA ( ) (TTY ) Look for the Already a member? box Not a member yet? Follow the Register link and enter Registration Code: NOAA

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