Kristen Calkins, Marketing Coordinator

Hello, my name is Kristen Calkins, and I am the Marketing Coordinator for Safe Systems, Inc. Our quarterly newsletter, NetConnet, was created to educate our customers on IT-related issues. However, I have realized that with the advancement of technology, many other issues arise. So, I have decided that I would like to dedicate a section of this newsletter to coping with technology and work. I hope to fill it with helpful hints/tips that should help elevate some of life’s daily stresses.

Strike the Perfect Pose

Would you like to appear confident, strong, and in control? Then, walk into a room like you mean it — head high and shoulders back. Besides giving off a negative impression, bad posture contributes to more than 80% of neck and back problems. Believe it or not, muscle spasms in the lower back, compressed nerves or blood vessels, chronic neck pain, and headaches can all be caused by bad posture. You should:

  • Stand tall. Think military – head high, chin forward, shoulders back, chest out, and stomach in. If you stand for long periods of time, rest one foot a few inches off the ground.
  • Sit up. Use a chair with lower-back support. Keep your desk or tabletop elbow high and knees slightly higher than your hips. Get up and stretch at least once an hour.
  • Walk this way. Wear comfortable, low-heeled footwear.
  • Work on posture. At the computer, keep the screen 15 degrees below eye level.
  • Carry it well. Alternate your bag between your two shoulders or use a backpack. Also, keep the bag as light as possible.
  • Call off pain. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, maybe invest in a headset.

Making the Holidays Happy

With the regular “stresses” in life, the holidays can drive a person over the edge, but it’s still possible to recapture the “true meaning” of the holidays with the following tips:

  • Plan early. Now is the time to begin planning a peaceful holiday season. In a small notebook, record notes to yourself with things to do, gift ideas, holiday card lists, decorating ideas, recipes, etc.
  • Set realistic expectations. Dashed hopes can cause a holiday crash, so keep expectations reasonable.
  • Stay healthy. Too much food and drink and not enough sleep can take a toll. Be aware of your mental and physical well-being.
  • Go with the flow. Holiday traditions evolve over the years. While you may be disappointed if you can’t quite reenact the celebrations of previous years, find pleasure in creating and sharing new traditions.
  • Cope with grief. Sometimes unpleasant memories or the loss of a loved one puts a damper on the season. Jot those feelings down in a journal or talk to a close friend.
  • Accept family members. Holiday gatherings aren’t the time to reignite arguments or rehash political differences. Instead, cherish the opportunity you have to be together.
  • De-emphasize the material. Give gifts that don’t necessarily come off a store shelf. And, make it known that you don’t expect expensive gifts yourself.
  • Volunteer. It has been said over and over again that “time” is the most precious gift one can give. So, choose your favorite charity/organization and find out what you can do to make the holidays happy for those in need. By doing so, your holidays will be happy too.

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