Stress and the Holidays: How the Season Impacts Employee Health

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As a freelancer and telecommuter, the holidays are pretty stress-free for me. Thanks to the fact that I don’t work in an office or a 9-5, I am able to manage my time in a way that ensures I spend the holiday season exactly the way I want to. This means I have ample time to spend with my family (which I actually enjoy), I get to bake dozens of cookies for my friends and family and play hostess on Christmas day to cousins and siblings. In the days following, I’ll celebrate family birthdays, aid in cooking a big Turkey dinner with my best friends, and ensure my New Year’s Eve plans are fun and spent with people I love. In case you couldn’t tell, I LOVE the holidays! This, however, is not the cause for everyone.

For many, the holidays are simply a super stressful time of year that many would rather skip over altogether. Between shopping for last-minute gifts, a full social calendar of holiday parties, and spending time with people you’d rather not see, the holidays can actually become a bit of a health concern.

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Your Windowless Office is Making You Lose Sleep

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The desk facing a window or corner office with amazing views have always topped the list of things workers want most from their workspaces. But these views and exposure to natural light are a lot more important than a show of achievement — it’s become an issue of public health.

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5 Things to Know About Working With Highly Sensitive People

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Being sensitive tends to have negative connotations, especially in the workplace. This, however, is a huge misconception.

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. first researched the traits of high sensitive people back in the early ’90s, finding that as many as one in five people can identify with being highly sensitive. Traits include reflecting on things more than others, worrying about how others feel and preferring quieter environments. Aron authored The Highly Sensitive Person and has even developed a self-test (which you can download here) to determine if you are a highly sensitive person.

Aron and Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, recently provided The Huffington Post with a list of habits of highly sensitive people. Below are the habits that relate to work life and productivity.

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