Creating Healthy Attitudes/Overcoming Stress
Information from your employee Assistance Program
Life constantly presents us with challenges. The natural course of things seems to have more twists and turns than a well-crafted mystery novel. Part of living a well-adjusted and happy life is developing the coping skills necessary to deal with each twist along the way.
As we work toward our goal for a fair contract, it is not unusual that these circumstances can cause more stress than usual, especially if you are already dealing with other stressful situations in your life. Some people are able to deal with stress more easily than others. Each of us has our own individual threshold. If you are feeling overwhelmed you may need a little help to talk you through the circumstances and work out a coping strategy. The AFA EAP committee members are available to talk with you at any time and if you need professional assistance, we can get you connected with the right people. The AFA EAP is part of your Association of Flight Attendants! We are a confidential resource.
It is important to remember that in the face of uncertainty, fear is a normal response. We are all human. You can be sure that every one of us is dealing with the same uncertainties and fears. Below are a few suggestions that may help you in dealing with normal fear and stress.
- Talk about your feelings with a close friend or family member, or call an AFA EAP committee member.
- Do not take on any new responsibilities or make any major lifestyle changes until your life feels settled and routine again.
- Be very aware of getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and doing activities that you enjoy. PAMPER and BE KIND TO YOURSELF.
- Handle your problems one day at a time. Deal with what’s on the plate in front of you before your next meal.
- Start keeping a journal, particularly, when you cannot “turn-off” your thoughts and your sleep is disrupted. Start writing it down. This helps you vent your feelings in the same way that talking to a friend would. In addition, you can use your journal to track your feelings. You can go back, read it later, and see if your feelings have changed.
- Finally, stay informed. Seek accurate, truthful information. Ask questions, attend AFA meetings, read union mailings and E-lines, and visit Miami Air/ AFA on Facebook.
If you think that your fears are consuming your thoughts, by all means seek help. AFA EAP is here to assist you.
I have recently completed extensive training with our AFA-CWA EAP Department in Washington, DC and I am available to assist our Miami Air flight attendants through this stressful time.
AFA-CWA Employee Assistance Program/ Professional Standards Committee
Council 80/ Miami Air