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Staying Safe and Beating the Holiday Blues

Staying Safe and Beating the Holiday Blues

Sometimes the holidays can be overwhelming, and not just because we’re trying to pack so many things into our calendars or worrying about our gift budget. The holiday season has its own set of unique stressors for many people, so today’s blog offers a few tips to help you engage in some self-care if you need a helping hand at this time of year. After all, it’s hard to do our good work of helping to protect and save lives when the holiday blues are weighing on our minds.

At the Mayo Clinic website, you’ll find 10 stress and depression tips, including:

- Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.

- Get plenty of sleep.

- Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

That holiday stress can spill over into work hours, and that can mean a less productive, potentially unsafe workplace. In their article, “Warding Off Holiday Injuries,” Occupational Health & Safety magazine shares some stats that show how the end of the calendar year can see an increase in workplace injury incidents:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there were approximately 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating in November and December 2012. This translates to 250 injuries per day during the holiday season! Of these 15,000 emergency room visits, 34 percent involved falls, while 11 percent were the results of lacerations and another 10 percent stemmed from strained backs.”

The article reminds us that:

At home, at the office, or on the jobsite, don’t let the increased demands of the holiday season mean that you set aside good self-care and your best safety practices.

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