In our November Newsletter, you’ll find some tips on how to conquer holiday stress, updates on employee applications, a warning for contractors working in the panhandle, and a recipe for what to with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Conquer Holiday Stress

While the holidays are known as the most wonderful times of the year, they can also be some of the most stressful. Between shopping, cooking, sending cards, hosting and attending events, we can be left with an empty tank. Check out a few ways to conquer holiday stress over the next few months below.

Stick to your daily routine as much as possible—Keep prioritizing the things that are important to you at other times of the year, whether that’s your workouts or your book club. Doing so helps you keep a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos.

Forget perfection—The world is not going to end if the house is a little cluttered or dinner is on the table a few minutes late.  Take some time-saving shortcuts, like ordering dessert or a few sides from your local market. Stop obsessing over doing it all yourself.

Get out of the house— Not everyone has one big happy family. If your’s struggles to get along, consider eating brunches or dinners in restaurants. Being in public discourages loud voices and bad behavior, and the party can end when the meal is over.

Consider abandoning old customs— Holidays can be especially difficult for those that are lonely or grieving. It’s normal to feel sadness sometimes, so acknowledge your feelings. Don’t feel pressured to continue every old tradition, or to force yourself to be happy. Create new ones, and/or invite friends that also struggle this time of year to join you!

RSVP no—You don’t have to attend every event you’re invited to! Choose a few that you really want to go to and make the most out of them. Put your phone and computer away and really savor your face time with friends and loved ones totally unplugged.

Stick to a budget—It’s easy to go overboard on your spending during the holidays. Instead of exchanging gifts with ALL of your adult family, try a white elephant or secret Santa type of gift exchange where you only need to contribute one gift. Set an amount aside for food shopping and kids gifts and stick to it.

Take a breather— Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Listen to soothing music or take a short walk.

Are you hiring?

If you’re hiring that is awesome because it means your business is growing! Please be sure to go to your PEO’s website to obtain the newest versions of employee applications.  Several of our partners have updated them recently.

Caution: Contractors Working in the Panhandle of Florida

Following Hurricane Michael, the state is out in full force checking documents of those performing work in the damaged areas. Be prepared with a copy of your roster, General Liability and Workers’ Comp proof of coverage on every job site to prevent any potential stop work orders.