Stress Takes a Holiday

””Being unemployed at any time of year can be a difficult journey, which may negatively affect an individual’s health and attitude. Area residents who find themselves out of work during the holiday season may be especially anxious and stressed. With this in mind, it’s important to learn how to cope with stress during the holiday season.

Mitigate stress and depression by seeking seasonal employment
Many companies, primarily retail stores, are now actively employing seasonal help, both part-time and full-time. Seasonal employment may not be the ultimate solution to all problems, but it can help relieve pressing financial and psychological pressures, thus providing peace of mind and the motivation for a positive outlook.

Keep a positive attitude
Residents with positive attitudes are better able to market themselves to employers. It is imperative to give positive responses when asked about your unemployment. Examples of positive statements include:
– “I haven’t found the right job yet, but I’m looking forward to finding a job in a challenging, fast-paced environment.”

– “I am elated to have this opportunity to find a job that allows me to use my strong leadership and management skills.”

Residents who remain optimistic and never complain about how hard it is to find a job will be better received by potential employers.

Enjoy the holidays
Attend various community events, holiday parties, church or family activities, and use this time to increase networking opportunities. Do not let a lack of money contribute to stress; remember that the season of giving does not require money. Gifts that are handmade and come from the heart, as well as the gift of time, are often better received than the most expensive presents!

Managing stress can help improve anyone’s health and self-confidence. Whether you are unemployed or not, hopefully these tips can help stress take a holiday from your daily life so that you can enjoy a joyous season.

Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.

1 Response to “Stress Takes a Holiday”

  1. 1 David December 10, 2014 at 8:01 am

    That’s a good point: your attitude, sometimes unfortunately despite what is really going on in your life, can leave a mark on someone like a bad handshake…it’s difficult to forget.

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