Holiday Stress Relief Tips that Last All Year Long

curled-elfEditor’s note: This is a guest post by Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. of Randstad

December is one of those contradictory months during which we use the most vacation time but feel the most stressed. Why is this? Add up the limited time in the office, the fact that everyone on vacation isn’t responding to email or voicemail and the personal workload of holiday shopping and cooking, and you have your answer.

But the question isn’t why we’re stressed but what we can do about it. While you’re still at the office this holiday season, here are a few tips to keep the stress level down and the cheer up.
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Is Work Stress Hurting Your Family Life?

stressed-ball-squeezeHas your boss ever put an extra task on your plate because they had to disperse the work due to a round of layoffs?

You shake your head because you wonder why (put co-workers name here), who loves his hourly coffee breaks, didn’t get the extra work. You can’t complain now because you don’t want to be a part of the next round of layoffs.

Stress plays a huge role in whether or not you are happy at work. When you are unhappy you often take these feelings home with you.
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Christmas is over, but the How to Kick Butt at Work and Be Happy Too teleseminar is coming soon

How-to-kick-butt-at-work-bannerEveryone on my newsletter list is already privy to this information because I’m trying not to do the hard sell on this blog. I want this blog to be creative, relaxed and no pressure. The problem is that I do need to make money. I can’t live off of love.

Wish that I could. :)

I can live off of your support. That’s why I’m letting you know about the How to Kick Butt at Work and Be Happy Too teleseminar now before the price goes up. I’ve done group teleseminars before with other bloggers, but this will be my first solo teleseminar. Meaning that I could charge more, but I want you to feel happy about the price too. My favorite group seminar was with Naomi of Ittybiz. She has such a wicked smart brain that together we knocked the listeners’ socks off. At least that’s what Naomi told me.

I’ve been studying work happiness techniques from Zappos (check out CEO interview), Google (my Google ebook), Southwest airlines (my post), and many other great minds for over two years. Yes this blog has been up and running for two years.

I know. I can’t believe it myself.

Well, I have all this wonderful knowledge that I want to share with you. It focuses on the three R’s:

Reflection (Learn how to really listen to your needs so you can use your strengths at work)

Relationships (Learn how to build great relationships to help you personally and professionally)

Results (Learn how to reduce work stress and be productive)

In this seminar I will teach you intrapersonal skills (reflection) that will help you build great relationships.

These great relationships that will lead you to amazing results.

You are probably thinking, Karl, this sounds great, but I know everything that you are going to say. I read you blog religiously.

If you do read every word that I write then this teleseminar might not be for you, but if you are like most readers then you probably don’t have time to read each and every post. With over 300 posts, that’s a lot of information to filter through.

Well, it’s your lucky day. I’m going to teach you techniques that will help you understand your strengths, build better relationships, and create results that will wow the right people.

Right now it’s only $17. It will go up to $27 very soon. If you want updates on pricing, seminars, and other work happy happenings, then you should join my newsletter. I may not be as round and cute as Santa, but I can sure teach you How to Kick Butt at Work and Be Happy Too.

Check out the How to Kick Butt at Work and Be Happy Too Sales Page and learn a little more about how this seminar can help you survive the corporate jungle.

Stop Pushing to Finish One More Email – Cartoon


Trying to get our work done early so we can get home to our families is a part of the holidays.

Remember that your next email will be waiting for you when you get back.

Have a merry christmas and a happy new year!

Thank you for being you and reading this blog. Without you I wouldn’t be this happy.
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What Hidden Emotional Anchors are Holding You Back?

hidden anchorsWhen you are happy you are confident. You make choices that give you a better chance at success. Don’t let the fear of making a mistake take over.

Pulling up your emotional anchors and letting the “happy you” sail is hard.

“Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin.”
– Tori Amos

When you think too hard, too many problems arise. This is when worry and fear take over. Your fears are just trying to protect you from emotional pain. It’s you trying to protect yourself.

It’s a weird dynamic that stunts us from creating great stuff.
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