Holiday Fun, Holiday Stress
& Holiday Accidents
All year long you've heard messages that remind you to "work safely…don't
take short-cuts… prevent accidents…." To do this, of course, you have to keep your mind on your
work. But this time of the year, your mind may be everywhere else but on your work. You may be
will I buy everyone for Christmas-I hate shopping!
- How will
I pay for Christmas-it costs a fortune!
is so bad I'm a wreck every time I get where I'm going.
relatives and their kids are going to be here for a whole week-lord help me!
- My kids'
energy levels and voice levels have quadrupled-give me peace!
- If I
hear Alvin & The Chipmunks one more time, I'll smash the radio!
The holidays are a wonderful
time for some people and a dreadful time for others. For many, it's a mixture. The experts tell us that even
happy, exciting events are stressful to our minds and our bodies.
routines and schedules are disrupted, which can feel uncomfortable.
- With so
much to do, there's a lot of rushing around to get it done.
presents can be stressful-"Am I giving enough…am I giving too much…?"
and malls during the holidays are crowded and chaotic.
- Holiday gatherings can be fun, but too much
food and drink can take it's toll.
of Christmas Past" can remind us of disappointments and bring on depression.
Be aware that you may be
more likely to have an accident at this time of the year--on the job, at home or on the road. At work, you may
be distracted by personal matters or financial concerns and overlook safe work practices. At home, tension
between family members is sometimes high, since they too are feeling both the good and bad holiday stress.
Out-of-sort people tend to be accident-prone.
You may also find yourself
taking extra physical risks-hanging colored lights on the roof, lugging a Christmas tree around, or shoveling
snow. And when roads and freeways are jammed with frustrated drivers, the number of auto accidents increases.
It's a time to drive defensively.
Sometimes, the worst thing
about Christmas is getting there! Once it arrives, it's lots of
fun--so don't have an accident on the way! If you keep in mind that the holidays put extra pressure on everyone
this time of the year, it may help keep you and your loved ones accident-free.
Stay alert. Take extra
care. Have a safe and happy holiday!