De-Stress Your Holidays – EAP

De-Stress Your Holidays – EAP

The holidays can be fun, but they also can be a source of great stress. Below are some common holiday stressors and suggestions for managing them.

How Can You Deal With Difficult Family Interactions During the Holidays?

  •  Being realistic is the first step. Family dynamics typically revert to historic patterns when families come back together. You don’t have to pretend that all is well, but, you can sidestep difficulties by anticipating them and planning on ways to temporarily separate and defuse.

Do Financial Pressures Stress You Out to the Point of Ruining the Holiday Spirit?

  •  Knowing your spending limit is also a way to relieve holiday stress. People believe that they have to go out and buy gifts because it’s the holidays, even if they can’t afford to do so. Not only is it stressful to feel that you have to buy everyone a gift, but you’ll be stressed for the rest of the year trying to pay off your bills. Perhaps this is the year to make a pact not to exchange gifts but to share time together.  This could also help someone who isn’t in a financial position to exchange gifts with you.

How Do Time Pressures Affect You Around the Holidays?

  •  Putting routines on pause or totally rearranging schedules because of the holidays are the ingredients for exhaustion and chaos.   Prioritize activities that are important and can fit around important replenishing activities like sleep, proper meals and exercise.

How Do You Deal With the Holidays When You Have Just Experienced A Recent Tragedy, Death or Break-up?

  •  If you’re feeling really out of sorts because of a loss or stressor, try to tell those around you what you really need, since they may not know how to help you.  Ask for their understanding if you decline an activity or can’t summon up the holiday spirit.  Give yourself permission to grieve just as you would any other time of the year.

How Do You Cope With Kids Who Want Everything for the Holidays?

  •  Parents need to tell their children to be realistic. It is OK to say to your child that a certain toy is too expensive. Even Santa Claus has limited funds and has to choose what most to give because he has a very long list. You can also tell your children that Mom and Dad and Santa Claus will try to choose the suitable present for the child. Children have to learn that their wish is not someone’s command and to curb their desires for instant gratification.

How Do You Manage the Holidays If They Start Feeling Painful?

  •  If you are unable to shake what you think are “holiday blues” your feelings may not be just about the holidays, but about other things in your life.  If you need help in sorting out or dealing with painful thoughts or feelings, call your AFA EAP for confidential assistance.  Call 1-800-424-2406.

Adapted in part from the American Psychological Association at

Important Reminders!

Important Reminders:

  • Tomorrow, December 7th, is the members meeting, held in CLT from 11:30-1:00. The location will be in the Piedmont Conference room which is above the main food court. Take the staircase, near the piano, and the doors are directly across from the top of the stairs.  Light refreshments will be available. 
  • Issues of Respect training is due tomorrow, December 7, 2018.  AFA requested the deadline be extended until midnight.  Please remember that if you are in a different time zone, it is due at midnight EST. (Eastern time).
  • The National Weather Service is forecasting what could be a major weather event this weekend for North Carolina, with a possibility of several inches of snow, and possibly icy precipitation, depending on how the storm moves in. Please prepare yourself if you will already be out on the line for delays and cancellations. We always recommend packing extra snacks or meals if you bring your own food. Irregular operations are never easy, but unfortunately a reality in the aviation industry. We will keep you updated as more information comes in as to whether CLT operations will be impacted.

Important Deadline – Issue of Respect


ISSUES OF RESPECT TRAINING is a mandatory training. This must be completed not later than Friday, December 7th, by close of business. The original email was sent on November 7th from the email address of
“FlightOPSAdminAssistant” in case it was overlooked. 

It is an LMS training located on the Learning Hub.  

Please share this message with your flying partners. To date, over half have yet to complete the training. It should take about 20 minutes and you are paid one hour of flight time. 

Again, the mandatory training has a deadline of this Friday, December 7th