Holiday-related stress and depression can cause headaches, excessive alcohol consumption, overeating and insomnia.
To combat these side effects, it is best to identify the cause of your stress and then take steps to rectify them. Consider the following suggestions:
The holidays are often a stressful time of year, and money problems are one of the leading causes of that stress.
If you haven’t budgeted ahead for the holiday gift season, don’t despair—with proper budgeting and a handful of smart shopping ideas, it is still possible to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list without breaking the bank!
The fall and winter months signal the arrival of peak flu season. While the seasonal flu viruses can be detected throughout the year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the majority of cases occur between December and February.
Each year, seasonal influenza has a marked impact on employers. Seasonal flu can cause increased absenteeism, decreased productivity and higher health care costs. As an employer, you are well-positioned to help keep your employees healthy and minimize the flu’s impact on your business. The CDC recommends the following strategies for employers to help fight the flu.
Halloween should be an exciting time of year for children and their parents. This season, make safety the top priority for your family.
Best Practices for Parents
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of Halloween best practices.
Follow these tips to keep your family safe.
Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the national Ready Campaign have promoted National Preparedness Month (NPM) every September. NPM encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies and strives to increase the overall number of people, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions.
The most recent data from the Red Cross, though, reveals that despite 8 out of 10 Americans feeling unprepared for a catastrophic event, only 1 in 10 has taken the following appropriate preparedness steps:
Remember, you can’t plan when a disaster will occur, but you can plan ahead to be prepared if and when a disaster does strike. This September, take time to learn more about NPM and take the suggested steps to become properly prepared. For more information, please visit the NPM website.
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This August 18 to September 4, law enforcement will be stepping up their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This means police officers will be focused on spotting impaired drivers and pulling them over.
There were nearly 10,000 people killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in 2014, according to the CDC. This accounts for nearly 33 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Keep this sobering statistic in mind when attending gatherings with alcohol, like barbecues, beach parties or work events.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a smartphone app to help drivers who cannot safely drive home. The app can help tell you where you are, help you call a taxi or help you call a friend. Other useful apps include Uber and Lyft, as both can get you home if it’s not safe for you to drive.
For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit the NHTSA website.
There were 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventable deaths illustrate how important preparation is during extreme temperatures. Whether you are swimming at the beach or lounging in the park, you should be prepared for extreme heat conditions.
The CDC provides three easy steps to prevent heat-related illnesses: stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. This summer, make sure you have shade wherever you are going and have attire, like a sun hat or a thin, long-sleeved shirt, to avoid direct contact with the sun. Be sure to drink lots of water—more than you usually do. Your body quickly loses fluids in the summer more quickly, which can lead to illness. Finally, stay informed by monitoring the local weather forecast and prepare accordingly for outdoor activities.
Know the Signs
The two most dangerous heat-related illnesses, besides dehydration, are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion is exhibited through cold, clammy skin, heavy sweating and nausea. If you or someone shows these symptoms, move to a cooler location and sip water. If you or someone has a rapid pulse, hot and red skin, and loses consciousness, this could mean heat stroke, and you should call 911 immediately. In this latter scenario, do not give fluids to the person showing the symptoms. Do, however, move them to a cooler location and lower their temperature with cool cloths
Ensuring your employees are satisfied and feel appreciated is important in order to reduce turnover. Organizations need to focus on keeping employees happy and motivated in order to stay competitive in their recruiting and retention efforts.
One area that many employers fail to hit the mark on is instilling a sense of trust and confidence in senior leadership amongst its employees. Instilling a sense of trust and confidence in senior leadership is key to protecting your organization’s reputation and bottom line.
Although there are many different ways to build trust and confidence in managers and senior leadership at your organization, one simple way is to be a great listener.
Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their kids happy, healthy, engaged and safe without breaking the bank.
Listed below are a few simple—and inexpensive—summer activities that you and your children can do together this summer.
Fireworks are a staple at festivities for many Americans during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur.
In honor of National Fireworks Safety Month, take some time to familiarize yourself with the following safety suggestions to avoid accidents when using fireworks.