Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance
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3 Tips for a Happier Holiday Season
(Excerpts from ViaCharacter.org November 16, 2017)
Avoid Overspending with Prudence
When shopping for gifts, do you like to browse the stores hoping to find inspiration or do you make a list prior to your trip? If the former, you’re more likely to overspend. Retailers spend billions of dollars on fancy displays and tempting packaging trying to entice you to buy. The longer you peruse, the more likely you’ll spend money on unplanned items. The key is to use prudence and make a detailed list of the gifts you need to purchase before you hit the stores. Create a plan and a budget and you won’t be drowning in debt as the new year approaches.
Avoid Overeating with Self-Regulation.
Why does it seem like during the holidays cookies become an acceptable breakfast item? With fun parties to attend and sweet treats everywhere it’s easy to overindulge. Self-regulation refers to your ability to regulating in certain circumstances? No problem. Dr. Roy Baumeister, a leading researcher in the field, has found that self-regulation is like a muscle and can be strengthened. Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to blow your diet— practice saying “no” to food temptations and keep track of what you eat throughout the day. Research shows that starting a daily self-control exercise, like monitoring your food intake, can improve your management of other self-control domains, such as physical exercise, financial management and mood control.
Embrace the Season with Gratitude
The benefits of practicing gratitude are so rich that a whole year should be dedicated the practice. Gratitude is most associated with life satisfaction, happiness, achievement, building better relationships and improvements in psychological and physical health. It’s not quite a panacea...but close. The end of the year is a great time to take stock of the goodness in your life. At the end of each day write down a few things that you are grateful for. This simple exercise has been shown to boost happiness and decrease depression for up to 6 months! What better way to make the holidays merry and bright.
From Your Local 591 Member/Employee
Assistance Program Team
(excerpts from lifehack.org, Maria H ill)
hope hope/noun: hope; plural noun: hopes :a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.1.. grounds for believing that something good may happen.3. confidence, faith, trust, belief, conviction, assurance; promise, possibility; 4. a feeling of trust
When hope exists we engage with our environment more. We give more of ourselves to what we do – as does everyone else around us. Hope engages our creativity and our problem solving skills. It is a factor in our ability to appreciate ourselves and others and our ability to be grateful for our lives. What is wonderful about hope is that it is not Pollyannaish. Hope has a roll up your sleeves and get to work quality. It gets its hands dirty in the business of creating our lives. It values all of the details, skills and challenges that go into creating our world.
Hope requires a willingness to experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. Where there is hope, failure to solve a problem is seen as steps on a learning path. Living hopefully simply means taking care of your contribution and supporting the positive evolution of human life. Hope is “progress, not perfection.”
Hope is grounded in present reality. Hope helps us use our creativity to solve problems – real problems like quality of life, the development of our potential and our own (and others) well-being.
Hope is a link to the past and the future. It enables us to respect the efforts of others even as we learn from their experiences. Hope is what drives us to respect the needs of ourselves and others and our future needs. Hope helps us to be “something larger than ourselves”.
December Monthly Observances
Drunk, Drugged driving prevention month
Human rights month
Safe toys and Gifts Months
Benefits and you
Travel while absent or on leave of absence (LOA)
Excerpt from jetnet Always check Jetnet and regs.
Our travel while absent policy provides different travel allowances for different types of leaves with the ultimate goal of providing a program that is fair to our team members and makes good business sense.
Of course, we’ll always make exceptions to this policy to allow for team members to travel where it’s needed. If you need to travel during these types of leaves, talk to your manager and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.
Block leaves covered by Family Medical Leave (FML), Military Leave and Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leaves
If you are out on block FML (for yourself or an eligible family member), Military leave or Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leaves, you, your eligible dependents will continue to have travel privileges on American, as well as travel on other airlines through our ZED agreements (booked through myIDTravel). When traveling on American, you and your dependents will board at D2, the same as active team members. Travel privileges for your parents (D2P) and guest travelers (D3) will continue for the duration of your leave of absence.
Block leaves not covered by FMLA – Medical/Sick Leave, Injury on Duty (IOD), Long-term Disability and Personal Leave
If you are out on any other type of leave for medical, injury or personal reasons (including personal leave), your travel will be discontinued effective the first day of your paid or unpaid leave of absence for the duration of your leave. However, you will maintain online travel privileges for your eligible dependents, parents and guest travelers.
If FMLA runs concurrently with one of the above leaves you retain travel during the course of your FMLA. Once FMLA expires travel for team members will be discontinued, but your eligible dependents and guest travelers will continue to have travel privileges on American/American Eagle flights. Please note that your personal travel status is not changed but you still may not travel without authorization from your manager.
If Educational leave is applicable under your collective bargaining agreement, travel for you, your eligible travelers, parents and guests will be discontinued.
Travel for Adoption
If you need to travel to pick up a newly adopted child (adoption must be finalized on or after January 1, 2017) from another city or country other than where you live, eligible team members and a second D2 or D2P eligible family member will qualify for two positive-space round trip tickets on American – or American Eagle – operated flights. We will provide additional one-way tickets for seats to bring your new family member(s) home. Please email email@example.com for help with positive space travel arrangements. Dependent verification documentation may be required for your newly adopted child(ren).
If you are unable to report for work as scheduled due to illness or any other reason, including intermittent family leave for yourself or to care for an eligible family member, are on an unauthorized absence, or withheld from service and remain on payroll (paid or unpaid), your travel privileges will be discontinued. However, you will maintain travel privileges for your eligible dependents, parents and guest travelers.
EAP News Letter Dec 2018.pdf