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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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Holiday Stress Blasters

The holidays are fun? This shouldn’t be a question, but for those trying to juggle work and home with presents, parties and perfection, it can be one of the most taxing times of the year. If you’re left feeling snowed under by the season, then clear some time out of your hectic holiday schedule to take in the tips below.

Be realistic. A romanticized vision of the ‘perfect’ holiday with your ‘perfect’ family is sure to disappoint. Embrace the fact that stress and minor conflict go hand-in-hand with the joy and fun of the holiday season. Relax and accept the imperfections of yourself and your family.

Start sooner rather than later. Set aside a little time every day to prepare for the holidays. Spacing out your errands will help ease the pressure and reduce the likelihood of last-minute panic situations.

Just say “no.” During the holidays, work, personal and family obligations can wreak havoc on your daily routine, cut into your free time and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Be selective and say “yes” only to those invites you really want to attend. Send a card to those you decline and—if you’re concerned about offending the host—a small gift for guests to enjoy (flowers, wine, food etc.).

Ask and you will receive. Recruit the support of other family members. Just because they’re not volunteering, doesn’t mean they don’t want to help. Children especially enjoy being part of the action. Younger kids can make cards, decorate or tidy up while older children can help out with gift wrapping, food preparation and other errands.

Stick to your budget. It’s not hard get caught up in the flurry of holiday spending, but once the sparkle of the holidays is over, you could be left with a very stark, very real bill. Avoid starting the new year in the red: draw up a realistic financial plan for the season and honour it.

Stay healthy. Contrary to popular belief, that ‘jolly old elf”—who lives on a diet of milk and cookies is not a role model for health and wellness. It’s easy to let healthy eating and exercise fall to the wayside during this indulgent time. Make an effort to get enough sleep, limit your consumption of alcohol and fatty foods and squeeze in physical activity whenever possible. Being well-rested and healthy will help you cope better with your stress.

Enjoy the ride. Concentrating on ‘the big day’ can take away from the fun of getting there. Take pleasure in the here and now of planning, preparation and time spent with family and friends reaching the final holiday destination.

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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