You’ve heard the numbers: $85 billion in federal government cuts this year. We are told it’s going to be bad. No one will escape without impact. On March 1, unless the federal government takes action, “sequestration” may threaten jobs, vaccinations, air travel, food inspections, preschool funding, and did I say JOBS?
We are told, the effects will reach into all our lives. No wonder everyone is speculating about what is going to happen.
Money and Job Stress Affects Your Health
Talk of massive budget cuts can cause stress and worry, especially because jobs are on the line. The recent Stress In America report shows that money and jobs are a primary source of stress for many Americans. This is an uncertain time. Common reactions to uncertainty include a sense of helplessness, frustration, anxiety and even anger. Recognize these feelings are normal and a call to action.
It is important to monitor your stress because intense and persistent stress can create …[Read More]
When I thought about writing a post on Valentine’s Day and relationship tips, I asked my husband for his ideas. His response was “…Listen to your wife. She is always right!”
OK, so there may have been a tad of sarcasm in his response. But we have been together for a long time and have known each other for almost 50 years. Clearly, humor has been part of our relationship.
So what are the tips for longevity and happiness?
Here are 10 ways to keep your relationship solid and fun.
1. Speak to and act respectfully towards each other. Don’t just save your best behavior for work.
2. Trust each other. If you feel the need to check your partner’s cell phone for emails and text messages, your relationship is is very bad shape. Modern technology has its benefits. But, constant and instant communication can lead to lots of problems.
3. Communicate your needs. So, if you are cooking dinner and your husband, who is watching TV, asks if …[Read More]
The American Psychological Association recently released its annual Stress in America survey. The findings are chock full of interesting information about how Americans feel stress, manage stress, and are affected by stress. Some of the data is even broken down by gender, region and generation.
This year’s findings suggest that Millennials (these are folks aged 18-33) are the most stressed of any generation surveyed. APA also reports that these young adults haven’t found much success in relieving their stress.
In digging through APA’s reports and the data within it, I started wondering why this might be. I didn’t have to think too far back to remember what it was like starting out in life. Let’s take a step back for a moment and remember what it is like to be 18-33, and what many of these folks are living through:
Finding a job
Moving out of the family home
Saving for a deposit on a first apartment or a …[Read More]
Homework is one of those routines that is often met with trepidation and dread, and not just by children and teens, but also by their parents. Because homework is an inevitable part of school, it is important to attend to this important ritual with confidence and optimism.
There are a few ways to make homework time less of a hassle and more of the positive, educational experience it was designed to be:
Remember that homework is generally intended to reinforce and practice what has been introduced during the school day. Help your child have a positive attitude toward the work by you yourself also having a positive attitude.
Be available to help, but don’t do the work for your child. The teacher is interested in knowing what your child knows and is not interested in testing your skills. You can help with developing a plan, providing organizational assistance or answering questions. You can check homework, but be sure to know the teacher’s …[Read More]