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Handling Holiday Stress
Sadly, the holidays can often be a source of stress rather than what they're meant to be: a chance to share the festive
season with family and friends. Here are some tips for coping with stress and getting more cheer out of your holidays.

  • -Don't be perfect; be you. Set realistic expectations for yourself. Keep your plans and activities simple.
  • -Pace yourself. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's can all be busy times. Remember, the season lasts for weeks. Get organized and break your preparations into small steps.
  • -Budget wisely. It is easy to buy on credit and ignore the bills until after the holidays. Set your limit ahead of time.
  • -Get into the spirit. Deck the halls. Build a snowman. Too often adults miss out on the simple pleasures of celebrating the holidays.
  • -Take time out for yourself. Unwind and pamper yourself with a break from the action. Try relaxation techniques, meditation and deep-breathing exercises.
  • -Embrace family. Look forward to reuniting with relatives this holiday. Cherish the time you spend with your loved ones, and make an effort to be as relaxed, positive and cheerful as you can.
  • -Celebrate safely. Give your body a gift this year by treating it with respect. Try not to overindulge in sweets and goodies. Know your limits when it comes to alcohol.
  • -Make New Year's resolutions. Setting goals challenges us to aim for higher fulfillment and self-improvement.

For more tips on keeping the holidays healthy and happy at work and at home, consult the Holiday Resource Guide on www.guidanceresources.com.

 

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Stress Management and Emotional Health

Utilize the resources that Dartmouth provides to make sure your mental health is a priority.

Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP)

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  • Dartmouth's Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, in partnership with ComPsych's GuidanceResources, gives you and your family members confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. These services are provided at no charge to you. There are two ways to contact the F/EAP:
    • Call 844.216.8308
    • Visit GuidanceResourcesĀ® Online at www.guidanceresources.com, click on Register and enter your company ID: Dartmouth and then follow the registration prompts.
  • Visit the F/EAP site for more information on services available.

How are you feeling?

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  • Take a Mental Health Screening:
    • For a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation.
    • These screenings are educational, not diagnostic.
  • Depression vs. Sadness
    • Learn the differences between the two and find out where to go for help.
  • Relaxation, Stress & Sleep
    • Learn more about stress, relaxation and sleep and how you can improve these three areas of your life.

Campus and Community Resources

Mindfulness Groups

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  • Mindfulness Practice Group
    • Meets every Wednesday morning from 8-9 am in the Tucker Meditation Room (basement of North Fairbanks Hall).
    • Contact Kathy Boivin with questions.
  • Drop-in Mindfulness

Connect to your Community

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  • After Hours Program:
    • Get acquainted and participate in social, recreational, and cultural activities with other employees, partners, and families.
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Last Updated: 7/25/18