holiday blues

Tips for coping with holiday stress

By Brittney Bomnin

Tips for coping with holiday stress

By Brittney Bomnin
The University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provides year-round support, including one-on-one consultations and seminars.

Stress and depression often make an appearance during the holiday season. It’s no surprise since this time of year is chock full of demands, ranging from parties and shopping to baking and entertaining. Learning to minimize stress and enjoy the holidays, regardless of what they entail, will help make this time of year more enjoyable and stress-free.

University employees have access to the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), which was created to assist in addressing employee and University concerns in a manner that is professional and confidential. The FSAP is a mental health resource for determining approaches and solutions to personal and/or workplace concerns.

During a recent FSAP seminar, licensed clinical social worker Rosario Zavala shared tips for coping with holiday stress. “It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and set realistic expectations during the holidays,” said Zavala. 

“Learning to say no and setting a budget is just as important as practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, to remain in the moment and positive,” she said.

For more information or to book a one-on-one consultation with a Florida licensed employee assistance professional, visit fsap.miami.edu. Learn more by reading the latest issue of the FSAP newsletter.