Employee Assistance Program    (EAP)   

                                      LIMIT HOLIDAY STRESS
With the holidays approaching, it's always good a time to place focus on staying healthy as possible. At this time of year, we often find ourselves trying to keep up with shopping, decorating, cooking, school events, entertaining and family gatherings. With so much going on, it's easy to feel overwhelmed during what is supposed to be the most festive time of the year. Consider these tips:
  • Set limits and keep it simple. Be realistic about what you can do prior to and during the holidays. Don't take on too much and schedule time for breaks. Don't feel obligated to accept every invitation or request.
  • Ask others for help. Sit down as a family and come up with a list of all the things that need to be done during the holidays. Brainstorm for shortcuts to getting things done and delegate some tasks to others.
  • Avoid procrastination. Putting off certain holiday tasks until the last minute will just cause more stress. Being able to scratch a few items off your list early will make you feel better.
  • Don't forget to exercise. If you have a workout plan, stay with it even though you may be keeping some odd hours over the holidays. This will help keep stress in check and burn calories.

If you feel stressed out remember EAP is always there for you. Call 800-327-4968 or 800-EAP-4YOU.

Melanie Minteer,
EAP Consultant for the
Kentuckiana District