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Safety and You at ISU

Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee December, 2005

Safely Handle Holiday Stress

According to the Alexandria, VA-based National Mental Health Association, depression peaks during the holidays, affecting 17.6 million individuals. “The holiday stress period really begins around Halloween and doesn’t end until after New Year’s,” said Peter A. Wish of Sarasota, FL. Wish is an author and consultant for the Boston Globe and United Press International.

Holiday stress has many causes, including time pressures, terrorist anxiety and traveling, bad relationships with relatives, reflecting on past failures, loneliness, and unrealistic expectations about the holidays.

However, teaching yourself how to handle the stress, whether through prevention or healthy coping methods, can assist you throughout the holiday season.


Prevention is the key when battling the holiday blues. First, forget all the holiday hype. “You need to really get your expectations realistic, Wish said. “Identify the traps that people get themselves into.”

Inoculate yourself against family members that cause problems. “Try to minimize the contact with them or take into consideration what their previous moaning was all about,” Wish added.

Most importantly, try not to do it all by yourself. Learn to say no. It’s a very short-but important-word, especially during the holidays. Saying no can be for financial or emotional reasons. If you can’t handle having all 30 people at your home at once, spread it out during a few days, or invite fewer people. Know your limits.

Know yourself. If you know you are likely to overeat during the holiday season, make efforts to eat healthier meals during the day. This is a way to avoid feeling guilty and depressed once the holidays are through. If you usually get into a financial jam during the holidays, consider making craft gifts, which are generally less expensive, but equally appreciated, or setting an amount of money for family members to spend on gifts.

Give yourself time. Post-holiday depression is common. People don’t allow themselves time to be depressed because they are too busy taking are of others.

(Courtesy Utah Safety Council)

Working in the Cold

The National Safety Council offers the following suggestions to minimize the effects of working in the cold.

Work in the sun as much as possible.

Evaporate perspiration by opening the neck, waist, arm, sleeves and so on to provide fresh air circulation.

Preventing Crime in Our Neighborhoods

Each of us is responsible for our own safety. What are practical measures we can each take to prevent becoming a victim of crime?

Know your neighbors. Know who lives where, the types of vehicles and whom they belong to, where the children live, and the work patterns of your neighbors.

Be actively involved in the Neighborhood Watch program.

Preventing Home Burglary:

Recognizing & Reporting Suspicious Activity

Anyone or anything that seems out of place (abnormal) in your neighborhood is suspicious and may end up as criminal activity. While some suspicious activity has innocent explanations, your law enforcement agency would rather be called out on suspicious activity than be called when it is too late. Listed are examples of suspicious activity:

Report Any Suspicious Activity to:
Public Safety—
Pocatello Police—234-6100
In an Emergency dial 911

Elevator Myths & Safety Tips

MYTH: Many people believe elevators are held up by only one rope that can break, leaving passengers trapped in a falling car.

FACT: Elevators are supported by multiple steel cables. Each cable alone can support a fully loaded car.

MYTH: Some people believe that if an elevator is stuck between floors that they are in danger of falling and should try to get out.

FACT: Absolutely not! Leaving the car on your own could result in injury and even death. Elevator cars are designed as safe rooms. The safest place is inside the car.

Ring the alarm and wait for help.

Safety Tips

(Source: Elevator/Escalator Safety Foundation)

Did You Know?

Safety Tips for Students:

(Source: Security on Campus)

Last Modified: 03/04/15 at 03:04:36 PM