Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.
How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.
Develop a Stress-Relief
Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.
YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.
Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
Vacation Planning Workshop
ou can pack a lot of fun into a family vacation. But making one work for the whole family takes planning. Is your family bound for a "cost-is-not-an-issue" junket to Disney World or a primitive camping expedition on a budget? Either way, some thoughtful planning before you go can help make the trip as stress-free as possible.
Sometimes the best planning approach is to determine what won't work for your family. Camping probably isn't the best option if your daughter can't live without a curling iron or if a child has hay fever, for example. Venturing off to a seaside resort in Mexico if several family members have fair skin and can't endure much exposure to the sun also could be a bad choice. And a long driving trip with a rowdy family may be miserable for all.
Use the following questions to help you narrow down what will be a successful outing for your family. The answers will help you incorporate activities the adults will enjoy with ones you know the younger kids will like, too. Then write for brochures or check the Web about your intended destination. Use those ideas to help make sure there will be plenty to keep everyone occupied during the trip and at your destination.
What is your goal for the trip? Relaxation? Adventure? A visit to relatives?
What activities will most appeal to your children at their current ages? What activities will appeal to all of your children if they vary significantly in age? Can you incorporate these activities with ones you'll enjoy?
What type of vacation is best? Suggestions: to a theme park, a large city, a beach, a campground or a special event.
Do you want to be in control of your schedule, or would you rather have someone else make all the arrangements and do the scheduling for you?
What type of vacation fits your budget best?
What is the best mode of transportation for you?
How long do you want to travel?
How long do you want to stay at your destination?
Where do you want to stay? Options: a hotel, a condo or with friends or relatives.
What special accommodations (such as a baby bed or a special diet) may be necessary either while you're traveling or when you arrive at your destination?
How can you prevent the kids from becoming bored while traveling?
What will your kids do at your destination? What will the adults do?
Will it be helpful to plan some down time? If so, how and where should it be spent?