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Help for the holidays

By Times staff
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published December 11, 2001


Heave some ho, ho, ho
When stress saps holiday spirit, it's time to simplify. Decide what gives you joy and concentrate on those things alone.

Help for the holidays
The Tampa Bay Professional Coaching Association is offering a free month of coaching for individuals, businesses and others who need help post-Sept. 11 and during the holidays.

Make your list, check it twice
The season's stresses will bury the joy if you don't set priorities for what makes you and yours happy, mental health experts say. To decide what you want most for the holidays, rank the following activities, then focus on your top few.

The Tampa Bay Professional Coaching Association is offering a free month of coaching for individuals, businesses and others who need help post-Sept. 11 and during the holidays.

A list of coaches and their specialties can be found at www.coach.net/tampabaycoaches. Coaching generally runs three to six months and is primarily done by phone. Discussions are designed to clarify goals and strategies for moving past crises to more productive lives.

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Health Watch, a 17-year-old nonprofit organization working to improve the health of minorities, debuts a new Web site this month and offers information on depression and stress during the holidays. The site is www.hwatch.org, or phone toll-free 1-877-404-3258, ext. 4.

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