Give Holiday Stress a Time-Out!

””The holiday season is now in full swing. I can tell because all the Halloween candy is on sale for half price.

This is supposed to be a time when we celebrate peace and happiness… A time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives.

Instead, some of us are busier than ever planning holiday activities.

Often we become stressed out when we discover we’re running short on money and we can’t quite afford the food, entertainment, travel or gifts we want to buy. Don’t let holiday finances create unnecessary stress.

Here are three tips that can help:

  • Take time to relax. Take a deep breath, sit down and just think about things that bring happiness to your life. If you can, take a break from social media channels too! This short time-out should clear the mind and allow one to prioritize holiday activities.
  • Apply for a holiday retail job. There are a lot of (temporary) seasonal retail jobs in Houston. These jobs are worth looking into because they’re great sources of extra income, and a little extra money should bring happiness to the household.

    Retail employers benefit from seasonal hiring as they’re simply trying to make it through the busy season. They need the extra hands, and often employers will ask their great seasonal help to come on board full-time after the holidays! You never know what might happen.

  • Make a budget. Figure out how much money can be set aside for holiday spending, and stick to your budget. Plan to use the money you earn from seasonal employment only.

    Avoid the use of payday loans, car title loans and credit cards!

Employment professionals at Workforce Solutions website career offices are eager to assist you! Whether you’re seeking a seasonal, full-time or part-time job, we can help.

Visit a nearby office and participate in one of our on-site career fairs. Happy holidays!

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.



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