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Happy Holidays

Special Edition of Wellness Wednesday

Tis the season, we are entering that time of year! During this occasion we are enjoying gift giving and festive gatherings with family and friends. This time of year brings highs and lows of the holiday season. For many, the holidays can represent levels of stress that can be difficult to manage. Stress can be a result of financial expectations and obligations, as well as other hopes of the holidays from friends and family. While celebrations can create so many emotions it is also important to remember to practice self-care and balance. Self-care and balance can be achieved through having a plan to attack the fast pace hustle and bustle of this time. You can also achieve this through the supports of others that will help you maintain accountability.

Below are several articles that will provide examples of healthy ways to best cope with the holidays.

Workplace holiday stress seems unavoidable--you're out of vacation time, you don't have control over deadlines, your business is busier during the holidays and so is your personal life, the people around you are on edge, etc. For many that's "just the way it is," but there are things you can do to help relieve this stress.
It is commonly said when a person’s mind, body, and soul are in sync they can find peace and experience life at its fullest.  An article in INC. provided 9 ways to relieve workplace holiday stress:

  1. Health and Well-Being
  2. Make time for exercise
  3. Focus on eating unprocessed foods
  4. Drink lots of water
  5. Get Prepared Early
  6. Master the to-do list early
  7. Do your research so you can prioritize
  8. EMPLOYERS: Be mindful of deadlines
  9. Well-Being & Attitude
  10. Take generosity approach
  11. Don’t take anything too personally
  12. Increase awareness of others work

It is great article, especially tips 7 -9, really provide roadmap to stress workplace. I encourage everyone to read the full article.

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