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Balancing Act Archives
August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
July, 2006: Cooperative Co-parenting
June, 2006: Street Proofing Teens 101
May, 2006: Harmony is in season: Harmony is in season: Warm Weather Activities To Bring The Family Together
April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
March, 2006: Healthy Eating In A Fast Food World
February, 2006: Stress Busters to Stay Lighthearted
January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

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Vacation Relaxation

After months of planning and imagining the vacation of your dreams, the time has finally arrived. You should feel relaxed, calm and on top of the world. Instead you feel restless and can't seem to untwist the knot of tension in your stomach. But relaxing on your vacation doesn't have to be hard work. The tips below will help you on your quest to chill out, unwind and recharge during your retreat from the working world.

  • Plan ahead at work. Tie up loose ends, finish projects (where possible) and brief co-workers on any expectant calls or clients they'll need to manage while you're away. Leaving with a clean slate will help you stay focused on your vacation assignment: to rest and recharge.

  • Leave your job at home. Leave computers, palm pilots and any other reminders of work at work. Avoid calling in to "check up" on projects. Leave a number where you can be reached for emergencies only instead so that your co-workers can contact you if a crisis develops while you're away.

  • Give yourself extra time before and after your vacation if you can. Schedule a day or afternoon off before your vacation to do any last-minute errands. Give yourself a day to recover upon return so that you can mentally prepare to ease back in at work.

  • Don't overschedule yourself. Though you may want to see and do everything, you'll wind up returning from your vacation exhausted. Spontaneous travel moments are often the most memorable so leave time for unplanned surprises.

  • Stick to your budget. Remind yourself that impulse buys and unnecessary splurges reverse the relaxing effects of your vacation if you're forced to face credit card bills and over-drawn accounts when you return home.

  • Be realistic. Don't expect everything to change while you're on vacation. If you're having relationship problems with your partner or kids at home, they're probably not going to dissolve the minute you start your holiday.

  • Choose a vacation spot that has something for everyone. Lying on the beach with a book may seem great to you and absolutely boring to your kids. Talk about holiday plans ahead of time and find out what kind of activities each family member wants to do so that they can pursue their own interests for at least some of the trip.

  • Find balance. The best trips allow for solitude and together time. They combine a healthy dose of rest with a smattering of activity and blend comfort with excitement.

  • Don't miss the boat! When you're travelling, be sure to factor in time for delays (subway slowdowns, traffic jams, security checks etc.) to catch trains, flights or buses. Nothing is more stressful than missing your ride out of town.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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