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Stress Management: How to Cope During the Holiday Season

Untitled design - croppedDon’t let the holiday’s become a time of year you dread. Learn how to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures, personal demands, or finding a work/lift balance, so you can tackle them right away. Find several great resources below to help you through the season!

Financial Stress: Everyone has different areas of concern when it comes to money, so give the following free resources a try:

  • Mint: Offers free online tools, as well as a mobile app to effortlessly manage your cash flow, budgets and bills all from one place.
  • Smart About Money: Offers various free worksheets to help you create a budget, save for retirement, payoff debt, etc..

Holiday Stress: Nowadays, a lot of us turn to technology for making our lives a bit easier. Check out the apps below to help lessen holiday stress. As they always say… there’s an app for that!

  • Santa’s Bag: Digital shopping list organized by gift or recipient and tells whether you’re over budget
  • Little List: Create a wish list of gifts by child as well as provide useful information for gift givers like clothing sizes, and child’s interests. It also includes gift recommendations by age range.
  • PriceGrabber: Scan an item with PriceGrabber and it will look for the lowest price
  • Food 52: Planning a party? This app provides an extensive menu and recipe recommendations and even tutorials on how to set a table or stuff a turkey
  • Sincerely Ink: Create your holiday cards in a flash from your phone. Cards arrive to your recipients within one week!

Work/Life Balance: A healthy balance between work and home should be a priority for everyone. An imbalance can promote poor health and stress.

  • Time Management: Figure out what’s urgent and what’s important, once you organize your tasks within these buckets, tackle them one by one.
  • Learn To Say No: Stick with a schedule and plan of action. Do not deviate unless it is a true emergency.
  • 80/20 Rule: Keep in mind the 80/20 rule that we incorporate into Faith daily.  80% of our success is the result of only 20% of our actions. Prioritize your goals and focus on the 20% that is the most successful.
  • Leave Home Stress at Home, and Work Stress at Work: Everyone has personal problems that can create stress and hinder job performance, and also not being able to separate from work can destroy your at home balance. If you find yourself in these situations, establish your boundaries between work and home and discover outlets and useful ways to alleviate work and home stress separately. This way you can stay focused on home when you’re at home, and work when you’re at work.
  • Break Up Large Tasks: If you have a large task ahead of you, you might be tempted to procrastinate, creating more stress. List the steps necessary to complete the task, schedule time for each step, complete the easiest step first and do not jump ahead.

Stress Management Mobile Apps: Relax this season with these fun and portable stress management tools.

  • Stress Check: Research-based Stress Check provides you with tools to understand, manage and lower your stress
  • Breathe2Relax: De-stress and learn the skill called diaphragmatic breathing, or “belly breathing”. This app helps you learn and practice this skill as part of a stress management program supervised by your healthcare professional
  • Daily Yoga: Try yoga for stress relief. With a database of more than 400 yoga poses, this app offers guidance to those who are beginners or advanced.
  • Happify: Be jolly during the Holiday season and use Happify to help you increase happiness by setting specific goals. The app provides tips to achieving your set goal.

For additional work/life balance resources, check out Mental Health America or Mayo Clinic.