Surviving The Holidays

The holiday season is here, which for USPS employees means long hours, added stress, and of course, more mail to deliver. Here’s our tips to help you get through the holidays!

~ Don’t read the comments in articles about the USPS.

~ But do read feel-good articles about the USPS. Get inspired by stories of letter carriers serving their community or helping those in need. It can remind you of why your job is so important.

~ Don’t read the comments on the USPS Facebook page, either. A lot of people take out their anger in these comments, and they likely have nothing to do with you.

~ Embrace the longer hours by remembering all the calories you are burning.

~ Load your mail first, then your parcels.

~ Play Tetris when loading up your LLV. Stack parcels so they won’t go flying when you drive or remove one from the stack.

~ Invest in items to help you stay warm. It will make your long days more pleasant.

~ Remember that the holiday season will end, and that the huge rush of mail and parcels is temporary.

~ Don’t attempt mail and parcel delivery if it is unsafe. Yes, you should attempt to deliver everything you can, but don’t risk your safety for it.

~ Take time to relax during your downtime. Get a massage. Binge watch a new TV show. Make sure you’re doing something to unwind.

~ Get your own holiday shopping done as soon as possible. The sooner you’ve bought gifts, wrapped them, and mailed them, the less you have to worry about in your free time.

~ Don’t take it personally if a customer yells at you or complains about the mail. They may be having a bad day. They may be trying to get a package to a sick relative. You don’t know their situation, so show kindness in return.

~ Chat with the people on your route if they start a conversation. It makes your day more pleasant and is excellent customer service.

~ Don’t ignore your mental health. Meditate. Talk to loved ones about how you are doing. Don’t skip medications or therapy sessions if you need them. Ignoring your mental health makes working much harder.

~ Think of the mail and packages you have to deliver in a positive light. Think of the happy faces on children who get gifts from relatives. Think of the grandparents who are thrilled to get a Christmas card. Think about old college roommates, sending a nostalgic package. The holidays are a season of joy, and you are helping to spread that joy with your job. That is an amazing gift.

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Fight Back Against Holiday Stress

While the holidays are touted as a magical, special time of year, in reality most people have a difficult time enjoying the holidays due to stress. And never has that been truer than it is for USPS employees. It is the busiest time of year for mail and packages, and that can lead to many overwhelming feelings.

While you can’t stop the job from being stressful, there are ways you can fight back against the stress from your job and the holidays so you can actually take some time to enjoy them.

Changing your attitude is the biggest step you can take to manage holiday stress. This is because a lot of the stress felt during the holiday season is manufactured. Instead of thinking about the shopping you have to do, the food you have to cook, and the family you have to visit (all between your long hours at work), think about what makes the holidays magical. Think about the look on your friend’s and family’s faces when they open that gift. Think about time around the dinner table with family. When you do this, you bring positive images to your head, versus negative.

Stay healthy. It’s easy to skip the gym or break a diet during the holidays. We’re not saying you should skip a holiday event because it is normally your gym time, or stay away from the office holiday potluck, but be mindful of your health. Exercise reduces anxiety. Plus, if you regularly exercise healthy habits, dropping them can cause guilt and extra stress.

Let yourself say no. It can be hard to say no to plans when they are offered to you. We’re all guilty of checking our schedules, finding that yes, we have one single day free, and making plans with others. While being social can reduce stress, being too social can lead to you becoming overwhelmed, and can make your plans feel like a chore, instead of fun.

Stick to a budget. It’s very easy to go overboard during the holidays, but going overboard is going to add a lot of stress. Look at your finances and determine how much you can afford to spend on food, presents, and decorations. Your sister doesn’t “need” you to spend $100 on her. Making gifts is a great way to save money. If you stay on budget, worrying about paying your credit card bill won’t be in the back of your mind for the rest of the month.

Take some time to yourself to relax. This includes your friends, family, and significant other. Take a relaxing bath. Read a book. Go for a walk. Take some time to be alone with your thoughts and alone with an activity you enjoy. It allows your mind to settle and will help reduce that stress.

We understand how the stress of the holidays can pile up with the stress of your career. The USPS delivers millions of letters and packages, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the consumerism of the holiday. That only makes it more important to enjoy the things that really matter, which is time to enjoy yourself, and time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays from all of us at MyPostalUniforms.com.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for your favorite USPS employee? We have a great selection of items that would make a perfect gift for a postal employee this holiday season! But don’t wait. Christmas is just around the corner. Keep reading to see our top picks for postal gifts!

N1017289Leatherette Briefcase with USPS Logo:

This bag will give USPS employees plenty of space to store their stuff and show off their pride in the USPS at the same time! This is a great briefcase for work or travel. This briefcase features a sleek, professional design, tough handles, multiple pockets for organized storage, and the USPS logo on the front. This briefcase is sure to impress this holiday season!

 

N1027209c (1)Telescoping Scrape – Snowbrush – Squeegee:

Snow and frost is a pain to deal with during the winter months. It can be even worse for USPS employees who must clear larger vehicles before driving. This telescoping scrape makes it possible to remove these hazards from all parts of the vehicle with little effort needed. It extends to 59” and retracts back down to 39”. Not only that, but this snowbrush doubles as a squeegee, making it a practical and necessary gift!

 

 

N1026614Window Clerk Hair Accessories:

This line of hair accessories for window clerks will add a bit of flair to any uniform! There are four different styles available, including an eagle logo padded headband, an eagle logo scrunchie, a stars and stripes padded headband, and a stars and stripes scrunchie. These are great for USPS employees who frequently do their hair or are looking for ways to change their daily uniforms up a little.

 

 

N1026800PO Box Banks:

This unique postal present is great for a dedicated USPS employee. This desktop savings bank features an antique door which is installed into the hardwood box and is fully operational. This beautiful item is sure to make any USPS employee feel special. Call for availability, as there is only a limited supply of these!

 

 

S1000600Garland Pen and Pencil Sets:

This pen and pencil set makes a great gift for all sorts of people. Do you know a USPS employee who enjoys writing? What about someone who works in an office for the USPS? Maybe you have a friend or family member that regularly writes letters. This set is a great choice for any of those loved ones! These fancy pens and pencils write well and come with the USPS logo printed on them.

 

 

These postal gifts are great options for your favorite USPS employee. Order now so you can get these quality gifts before Christmas! From all of us here at MyPostalUniforms.com, we wish you Happy Holidays.

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Avoid Burning Out This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the season for the USPS. However, this fact can result in a large amount of burnout for USPS employees. It doesn’t matter if you’re sorting the mail, working at the counter, delivering packages, or working in a corporate setting. The holiday rush is a busy time of year for many industries, especially the USPS.

It is important to do the best work you can during this time, but it is also important you take care of yourself as well. Excessive, prolonged stress is not good for your mental health or for your body. We’ve provided some techniques to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

  • Always be sure to put your physical health first. Don’t skip your lunch during work hours to get a bit extra done. Staying up late to finish extra work leads to a lack of sleep which is poor for your body and will likely impact your quality of work the next day. If you need three cups of coffee in the morning to function it’s a good sign you aren’t sleeping enough. If you feel lethargic and shaky during the day you probably aren’t eating well. Employees such as letter carriers should take some time to relax, while employees who don’t work some sort of route such as window clerks should make sure to exercise weekly to maintain good health.

 

  • You don’t have to completely separate yourself from your job when you go home. Believe it or not, a lot of stress comes from people believing they must completely switch gears when they go home after work. We spend a great amount of time at work, and those hours lead to skills that we can apply to our regular life. For example, some letter carriers tend to believe that because they are on their feet all day, they should not be active when home. If you want to go for a hike, play a round of basketball, or even stop at the gym, don’t stop yourself just because you walk all day at work! Different aspects of your job can lead to better organization, new hobbies, and a wide variety of personal interests. That’s not to say you should obsess over work while at home, but don’t completely turn that part of your head off.

 

  • Don’t obsess over your job regularly while you are away from work. Doing this means you are not only stressed while you are on the job, but while you are home as well. It is rare that obsessing over work while you are home will change anything. The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, and this incessant worrying can create distance which makes it hard to enjoy the holidays. Granted, it is impossible to stop your mind from drifting to work on occasion, and that’s fine. Just don’t let it consume too much of your free time.

 

  • Always be sure you give yourself time to do things that revolve around you and not work. Instead of spending your days off checking email and making lists, go see a movie or go out to dinner. Instead of ruminating about how you can deliver along your route faster, read a good book or spend some time with friends. Let your mind take the time to relax.

 

The holiday season is a busy and stressful time, even for people who don’t work for the USPS. Use this advice to not get burnt out while on the job.

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Favorite Fall Finds

We’re right in the middle of fall. It will be some time before the cold winter temperatures reach us, but the warm summer air is long gone by now. That’s why today we want to feature some of our favorite uniform items for the fall! Each of the items we will be describing today are great choices for the cooling fall temperatures without being too warm to wear on routes, behind the counter, or while handling mail!

 

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The first item we’ve chosen to share with you are the letter carrier sweaters. All of our sweaters are sure to keep you warm as the temperatures fall. We have two different options for letter carriers to choose from. The first is our jersey knit carrier sweater. This union made sweater has a zippered front along with two pockets for your convenience. Our bulky knit carrier sweater is a great item to wear when the seasons are changing. It features a bulky knit and also has a zipper as well as two pockets. Both of these sweaters are sure to provide you with some extra warmth this fall. They transition well into the winter season as well! You can browse all these sweater options via this link.

 

 

One of our favorite items that we’d like to take some time to talk N1026555babout is the postal jacket with zip-out liner. It works well for all seasons, so this versatile uniform item can serve you year round! The jacket has an elastic waist band and pockets, and features reflective material on the pockets and back. This makes it easier to see, giving extra safety for anyone wearing it. Need something a bit warmer? All you have to do is zip the insulted liner in when you need it to make the jacket warmer! This is a great choice for those unpredictable fall temperatures. You can find more details about this jacket here.

 

 

 

You can use this next item to get some protection from the bitter fallN1026554b winds. Our postal windbreaker will help keep both the wind and rain at bay! Made in the USA, you can be sure this quality item gives you the protection you need. It features a light but durable Supplex® Nylon shell. This will help with the wind, while the water resistant material keeps the cold rain off you while you work. The two large pockets have side compartments and reflective material to provide extra safety. The USPS insignia is sewed into the chest so you can show off your postal pride! Check it out here.

 

 

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Stay snug and comfortable with our next item, the women’s retail clerk polo shirt! These long sleeved shirts are 60% cotton and 40% polyester, so you can be sure they will be comfortable. The three-button placket allows you a bit more temperature control, and the eyelets allow for a name badge to be easily attached. This shirt will allow you to be comfortable and warm at the same time! Follow this link to get all the details about this union made product! And don’t worry men, because there’s an option for you as well on our website.

 

 

We’ve got another great fall item for window clerks to show off! Our N1026561bwindow clerk sweaters are sure to keep you toasty as the temperatures get closer and closer to freezing. Again, we have two types of sweaters we want to feature. The first is our window clerk cardigan sweaters. These unisex sweaters have a button down front so they can fit over other shirts easily. It also features eyelets on the front panels so you may easily place a name badge there. The jacquard knit is designed to keep you warm while you work, and this item is made here in the USA. Our window clerk sweater vest is also made here in the USA. It is also made with jacquard knit to keep the owner warm. It is sleeveless and pocketless, with eyelets for name badges. It offers a very classic look that we’re sure you will love. You can find both here.

 

The last item we want to show off today is our postal work N1026540sweatshirts. These sweatshirts are both union made and made in the USA! They are both durable so you can get your work done, and warm so you can get it done comfortably! They feature a zipper front as well as two pockets. The hood will protect your ears and face from the brisk fall winds. This sweatshirt is a great alternative to outerwear for those chilly but not too cold fall days. Follow this link to order yours, today!

 

 

 

That does it for our featured fall items! We hope you love them as much as we do!

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New 2015-2016 Postal Uniform

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The brand new 2015-2016 uniform catalog is now available! We put out this catalog every year to make it easy for you to browse and purchase the uniform items you need. This year we’ve expanded our catalog to feature more of the products you love. In addition to categories such as letter carrier, retail operations, and work clothes, we now have categories for non-reimbursable items, stamps, and more!

We wanted to give you a quick rundown on some of the main categories in this year’s catalog.

Under our letter carrier/ motor vehicle operators category, you will find a variety of uniform options for all types of conditions. Shirts, belts, shorts, trousers, and hats are all included in this category. In this category you will also find quality outerwear that is perfect for whatever season you need, complete with a weather chart to make it even easier to browse. This category ensures you will have all the items you need while out on your route, whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Our stamps page in our catalog is meant to convey information about a service we believe is often overlooked. This page of our catalog shows that we have a large selection of stamps available on eBuy2. Whether you want something more standard such as a counter stamp or you’re looking for a custom stamp, we can help!

While browsing our retail operations category, you will find great uniform items to suit your needs. Browse shirts, maternity shirts, pants, polos, and additional accessories! We also have a great selection of work clothes such as t-shirts, denim shirts, and more! When checking out the footwear category, browse by your favorite brands! Do the same thing when it comes to gloves!

The largest new section in this year’s catalog is our non-reimbursable items. These products are not reimbursable with the USPS uniform allowance card. However, these items are sure to make your job easier. This category covers items for letter carriers, rural carriers, and more! Here’s some examples of items that fall into this category: disposable ponchos, cooling towel, bottle clip, sew-on patches, key rings, route vests, carrier safety strobe, hand and toe warmers, dog repellent, postal rings, and much more!

Our catalog also has handy extras such as size charts. There’s tons to enjoy with this great 2015-2016 uniform catalog. You can view our catalog digitally, or request a free print copy, today!

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USA and Union Made

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Here at MyPostalUniforms.com, we believe it is important that we provide items that are manufactured right here in the USA. That is why we strive to sell products that are both USA made as well as Union made. We are very proud that the majority of our products are made here in the United States of America, and that we also carry a large amount of items made by union members.

While it makes sense that USPS uniforms should be manufactured in the USA, some people may wonder if it matters if the other products they consume should be as well. We’re strong supporters of USA made items, and in case you aren’t sure why, we’ve got some pretty compelling reasons to share with you.

Of course, the most obvious reason is that if you are purchasing American-made products, you are purchasing goods from other Americans. Americans who have jobs. Unemployment is a big problem that needs to be tackled, and USA-made items create American jobs. Many items that we consume are now manufactured overseas, which is why it is important to buy American goods whenever we can. Factories often lay off employees or close down, but if we keeping shopping for products made in the USA, we may be able to prevent that.

Another compelling reason to buy items that are made in the USA is that working conditions in other countries are often poor. Many workplaces in the countries we buy from have less or even no work regulations. In the USA, we place great value on our workplace standards and labor requirements. When you buy products not made in the USA, you are supporting an industry that often has dreadful work conditions, very long work days, and employs young children.

The environment is another big factor concerning this issue. This issue is also multi-faceted. One of the major concerns is that when we buy products that are manufactured in other countries, we are often buying products from countries with few or no environmental regulations. China, for example, has some of the worst pollution in the world. In many areas of China the air is not considered safe enough to breathe. Air pollution in China is indirectly responsible for the death of many Chinese citizens every year. It’s not only the air that is polluted either. The water and soil is also not safe. Not only that, but the coN1030361BIGst of importing these items is great as well. This includes in terms of money, and in terms of the emissions going into the environment when items are transported.

We were inspired to create this informative post after promoting our new USPS work t-shirts, which are exclusively made in the USA. These union made quality shirts are a great choice for our customers. If you’re interested, you can take a look at them here.

We hope you’re as big a fan of USA made products as we are. We will continue to offer quality USA made products on our website to meet all your USPS needs.

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It’s National Postal Worker Day

Today is National Postal Worker Day, and MyPostalUniforms.com wants to celebrate all the hardworking women and men that comprise the USPS.

The USPS has been around, in one state or another, about as long as the USA has. It provides postal service to the entire country, with no direct taxpayer dollars. There are many different positions that can be held within the USPS. Every single employee plays an important role in getting mail and packages across the country. Mail handlers and processors prepare the mail. Clerks handle customer service, as well as a myriad of other duties. There are non-career USPS employees who are hired to fill in the gaps, while maintenance and custodian employees oversee the operation and cleaning of USPS facilities. There is of course management, and who can forget about letter carriers, who brave all sorts of weather conditions on a daily basis to deliver the mail to the people of America?

Today is the day to express gratitude to all the employees of the USPS. Even in the age of the internet, there are still millions of pieces of mail that are processed every year. The last reported figure was 155.4 billion. That amount of mail means a lot of work, and we want to honor that today.

The USPS is historic, and as the 4th of July approaches now is the time to remember that more than ever.

As we mentioned earlier, we want to celebrate this important day. N1028636N1029150To do so, we have a special sale that all USPS employees can benefit from. For a limited time, buy 3 pairs of Wrightsocks, get 1 free! We have many varieties, all of which can be found HERE. These socks feature double layer technology which moves moisture away from the foot. These socks will keep your feet in the healthiest environment possible. They’re a great choice for all sorts of working conditions, making it a great sale item for this particular day of recognition.

 

This sale is only valid through July 2nd, 2015, but it has been going on all week! To stay updated about our newest sales, products, and more, sign up for our weekly email newsletter! That way you won’t ever miss out on a sale! You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter for additional updates.

So if you are an employee of the USPS, we want to take this moment to thank you. If you are not, take the time today to show your appreciation for your local USPS employees. They do a lot for you on a daily basis.

In the spirit of history, we would also like to wish all our readers a Happy 4th of July! As previously mentioned, some form of the USPS has been around since we declared independence. It is an important time in US history. We hope everyone takes some time to celebrate this great holiday.

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Beat the Heat

As a USPS employee, you are subject to working in many difficult types of weather. So what do you do when you’re on your route, the temperatures have risen into ridiculous digits, and the humidity and dew point have made it feel like you live in the tropics? We’ve got some tips for you!

 

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1. The most important thing to do to keep you cool is dress appropriately. Lightweight postal shirts and shorts are a must for hot days. We have a wide selection of summer postal uniforms, which you can find HERE.

 
2. You should also be sure to protect your head and face from the summer sun. Invest in a summer postal hat to do that. You can go with a simple postal hat to help hide from the sun, or a more proactive item such as sun hats or sun helmets.

 
3. You may also consider investing in some non-reimbursable summer accessories. We offer some great items to help you stay cool while you are on the job. For example, this neck cooling wrap can be soaked in water or chilled to give you up to 72 hours of comfort. Or you could try our cooling vest, which is worn under clothing. The vest has pockets for cooling inserts that will help you out all day long.

 
N10270544. When possible, keep to shaded areas. Park mail trucks under trees to keep the inside of the car from heating up as much as possible.

 
5. Be sure you know the signs of heat stress. The heat can make you very sick very quickly, and you need to recognize the signs that something is wrong. Things to look out for include: headache, hot/dry skin, weakness, muscle cramps, confusion, dizziness, profuse sweating, and nausea. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to get somewhere cool and get hydrated. If symptoms are bad enough, you’ll need to take a trip to the hospital.

 
6. And speaking of getting hydrated, don’t forget to drink plenty of water while out in the heat. It’s an obvious tip, but one many people forget.

 

 
These tips are sure to make your day more bearable. Don’t let the heat get you down. The most important thing to remember while working in the summer sun is that safety comes first. Never ignore heat related symptoms. If you believe the heat is having a negative effect on your health, get the help you need.

 
That’s all for now. Stay cool this summer!

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Free Hemming

We have a very special sale coming to you this week. Now through April 3rd, 2015, receive free hemming on all postal pants ordered online!

This March Madness sale will only be available for a limited time. To receive this sale, add the part number “HEMMING”, to your order. Be sure to specify your inseams so you can get the correct fit!

Need help measuring for pants? It’s very simple. To find a waist measurement, simply measure around your natural waist line. Be sure not to measure over your waistband or belt. For hip/seat measurements, measure around the fullest part of your hip/seat (which is about 7” from your waist line), with your heels together. Finally, for inseam, measure from the crotch seam down to the desired length. Be sure you are standing when you do this!

You can also use the charts below to determine what size of pants you need. Remember that any postal pants that are altered cannot be returned or exchanged!

We hope you take advantage of this great, free hemming offer!

 

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