December 2012 Newsletter
Stress & Holidays
Although the holiday season is a time of joy, filled with gatherings, it is not uncommon to experience numerous stressors due to finances, travelling, gift shopping, many social gatherings and relationship conflicts.
Holidays tend to be particularly difficult and stressful when upsetting or traumatic events occurred during past holiday seasons. If someone, or a loved one, suffers from a mental illness, or have endured the death of a loved one, feelings of loneliness, anxiety or a depressed mood are typically experienced.
Here are some suggested coping tips:
- Take care of yourself. Maintain proper sleep, hygiene and a healthy diet; engage in regular pleasurable activities; take prescription medications as recommended and do not mix them with alcohol; limit alcohol, caffeine consumption and sweets; and engage in regular physical exercise.
- Prioritize your activities. If there are numerous social gatherings to attend and it becomes difficult to commit to all of them, prioritize the ones to attend. You can balance attending social gatherings and setting up some more quiet and relaxing time for yourself.
- Plan ahead. Set up a budget, prioritize activities and set up realistic goals.
- Avoid self-isolation. Some groups or religious organizations can provide you with great opportunities to socialize and meet people.
- Participate in the holiday activities with family and friends as much as possible, such as decorating the home for the holidays, cooking or even wrapping gifts.
- Ask for help. Seeking social support, asking for help and focusing on your strengths can often help towards participating in an activity, rather than avoiding one.
- Reach out. Helping those in need and giving to others can provide a great sense of satisfaction. For example, you might choose to volunteer at a food bank or other organization or donate clothes and toys to those in need.
Lloyd’s of London issued the first insurance policy to protect Santa Claus.
The personal accident policy covers Mr. Claus until the 25th of December in the event of accident and illness, in the run up to, and during his worldwide travels to deliver presents to good children.
Underwriters in the Lloyd’s market refused to confirm the existence of the policy or disclose policy details, saying they are devoted to protecting client confidentiality. However, Santa’s team said Lloyd’s underwriters also created a special 24-hour telephone helpline for Santa in the event of an emergency, which will provide for his immediate evacuation from any location or time zone on earth or in earth’s air space. The insurance market would also pay for any medical treatment Santa requires in the event of an accident.