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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Get Your Free 2017 Uniforms Catalog

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The MyPostalUniforms.com 2017 uniforms catalog is now available both online and in print format. Ordering a uniforms catalog is a quick, free way to get information about uniform purchasing to USPS employees.

Our new catalog is filled with products for all facets of the USPS, so you can rest assured that no matter the position, this catalog will have the uniforms all USPS employees need.

Here’s a breakdown of what you will find in our catalog.

Page 1-13 Letter/Carrier + Motor Vehicle Operator. In these pages you will find hats, shirts, pants and shorts, accessories, outerwear, and more

Page 16-23 Retail Operations. In this section window clerks will find all the uniform items they need to do their jobs such as shirts, pants, accessories, sweaters, and much more.

Page 25-29 Work Clothes. Shirts, pants, and outerwear are just a few of the products you will find in this section of the catalog.

Page 30-44 Footwear. You’ll be blown away by our wide range of footwear products. From boots and shoes to insoles and socks, we have it all.

Page 45-49 Gloves Whether you need a waterproof, windproof glove to protect you in winter or a simple utility glove, we can deliver.

Page 53-64 and 66-87 all contain non-reimbursable specialties, some for carriers and some for vehicles. Here you’ll find pins and aprons, straps and cooling cloths, safety vests and postal flags, and much, much more.

That’s just the bare bones of our catalog. This outline doesn’t include some of our smaller sections, such as stamps or CCA uniforms. You can view it online or click here to request your free copy of our 2017 uniforms catalog!

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Our Five Favorite Fall Outerwear Products

Fall means it’s time to put away those shorts and start donning that outerwear to help combat the chill of the season. If you’re still looking for that perfect outerwear item, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of our favorite fall outerwear products to help you find the perfect items for the season.

  1. Postal Jacket with Zip-Out Linern1026555b

This jacket comes with a zip-out liner, making it great for those finicky fall temperatures. The insulated liner provides you with warmth for those chilly days, and can easily be removed as temperatures climb throughout the day. Reflective material is woven on each pocket as well as across the back to make letter carriers easier to see in dark and rainy conditions. This versatile jacket is made right here in the USA, so you can be sure you’re receiving a quality product.

  1. Thinsulate Postal Jacket with Zip-Out Linern1026555

Are you looking for a jacket you can use as you get closer to winter? Like the first jacket we mentioned, this USPS jacket also features a zip-out liner. The difference is that this insulated liner provides you with more warmth, making this a great option for November when the threat of an early snow looms. This jacket also features reflective materials on the pockets and back for letter carrier safety, and is also made right here in the USA.

  1. Postal Vestn1026552d

Invest in a product that is made in the USA and approved by the USPS. This insulated postal vest is perfect for cooling temperatures. It will keep you warm but give your arms plenty of freedom to move without being weighed down by fabric. To keep letter carriers safe, reflective material is woven into the pocket trim as well as across the back of the vest. Vest comes in both regular and long options.

  1. Postal Heavyweight Jacket/Linern1027785e

This USPS heavyweight jacket/liner is great for all types of weather. The insulated outershell will keep you warm, but it is also breathable, so you won’t feel stifled by the fabric. The outershell is made from water repellant polyester so you’ll stay dry during autumn rain. There’s plenty of fleece lining to keep you from getting chilly. Jacket is made right here in the USA, so you can rest assured this durable product is made to last.

  1. Postal Windbreakern1026554b

USA made, USPS certified…this postal windbreaker is sure to be an excellent choice for fall weather. It will keep you dry from the chilly fall rains, and keep you comfortable despite the cool autumn wind. This windbreaker resists both water and stains. It is designed with reflective material on both pockets to make you easier to spot. Use it for fall this year, then pull it back out for rainy spring conditions next year!

These five items are all excellent choices when it comes to outerwear for fall. If you’ve not quite found what you’re looking for, take some time to browse our full selection of outerwear.

Enjoy fall while you can, because winter is just around the corner!

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Stay Visible, Stay Safe

Fall is here, which means the sun is rising later and setting sooner. Many of you may be done with your routes and other work by the time that happens, but not all of you. When you factor in weather conditions such as fog and rain, particularly combined with these sunrise and sunset times, you may realize that at times you will be difficult to see.

Whether you’re in a parking lot or on a route, it is important that you are seen at all times. A lack of visibility can lead to any number of accidents. Keeping items with you that can be easily put on and utilized to keep you visible is extremely important. Luckily MyPostalUniforms.com has a large amount of these items to choose from.

n1031014Now the first safety item you probably think of that keeps you visible would be reflective vests, and for good reason. There are a few different options when it comes to vests. You may choose to go with a more standard route vest. These come in both blue and orange with reflective strips on the front and back. The orange vests are particularly likely to stand out. Mix that with the reflective strips and you aren’t likely to be missed. There are additional vests you may choose to invest in, only these are made in navy blue. The reflective strips for these vests are horizontal instead of vertical, across the front and back. If you want something a bit more customized, our printed safety vests are perfect for you. These vests are printed with the USPS logo as well as the title of the employee. This makes you both easy to see and identify.

n1030395Do vests seem like a bit much to you? Safety gloves are a good option to try instead. They not only keep the water and wind off your hands, they make you easy to spot. The bright yellow really stands out in the rain and dark. They may not be efficient with warmer weather, so you may want to invest in other safety materials as well.

n1030383Maybe you do live somewhere that is cold and you want to keep warm. A high visibility sweatshirt is perfect for you. These sweatshirts are warm, making them great for those cool, fall days. They come in either bright yellow or orange. This alone will help you stand out, but the sweatshirt also is designed with silver reflective tape to help you be even more visible.

n1017661If all of this sounds too cumbersome for you we have a small and simple solution. Reflectors for carriers are small and lightweight. They can be clipped on a pocket or postal bag as they are needed. You can choose either a red or blue reflector depending on your taste. These are less visible than vests of course, but they can be kept with you with almost no trouble and easily clip on and off.

All of these items are designed to make you easy to spot in inclement weather and the dark. These items are also non-reimbursable so you will have to use some of your own money for them, but your safety is worth it. If you have any questions about what items may work best for you, give us a call at 1-800-229-4500.

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Top Tips for Sun Protection

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One of the biggest concerns for outdoor workers in the summer is their exposure to the sun. The sun provides many excellent benefits, including vitamin D. But it also can cause many adverse side effects, both short and long term. That’s why it is extremely important to stay safe from the sun, and we’re here to give you some tips on how.

 

  • The top tip we have that you’ve likely heard many times is to make sure you wear sunscreen. You’ll want to make sure you use SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself from most of the sun’s rays. Make sure you cover all of your exposed skin. This includes your face and neck. And do not forget to reapply sunscreen. Your skin uses up the active ingredients, so new sunscreen should be applied every two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing. Where your hair parts can get sunburned, too! A hat not only protects your head, but can help with your neck and eyes. Sunglasses are also key to sun protection. While pants and long sleeves are a good defense, they are often not feasible in the hot summer sun.
  • Try to keep to the shade. Letter carriers in particular are very likely to be outdoors when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Since this cannot be avoided, keep to the shade for some extra protection.
  • Pay extra attention if you work near water or sand. The sun reflects off these surfaces which can cause further damage to your skin. You may need to reapply sunscreen more often.
  • Take note of the UV index. Most weather websites will post the UV index. You can use this to plan your day. A higher UV index means higher damage likely from the sun, while a lower UV index means minor damage.

Sun protection is something that should be taken very seriously. Keep a close eye on your skin for any changes and report them to your doctor. Keep sunscreen with you while you’re working. MyPostalUniforms.com offers several options when it comes to sunscreen. Our sunscreen towelettes contain non-greasy sunscreen that is perspiration resistant. Each towelette covers commonly exposed areas of an average-sized adult. This item is portable and lightweight. The sunscreen dispenser system can be mounted at facilities and used on the way to a route.

Stay safe out there!

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Beat the Heat this Summer

pexels-photo-large (1)July is underway, which means brighter sun, higher humidity, and hotter temperatures. Working as a letter carrier is a tough job under normal conditions, but it becomes even more challenging during extreme weather, including the summer sun and heat. Not only is it a challenge, it can also be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Luckily we’ve put together this helpful guide to keep you as cool as possible this summer.

  1. Always make sure to dress correctly for the weather. Lightly colored and lightweight clothing should be worn at all times. Hats are great for keeping the sun off your head and neck.
  2. Keep hydrated. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to become dehydrated in the heat. Drink before, during, and after your shift. Freeze water bottles the night before so you’ll have a large supply of cold water throughout the day.
  3. Keep in the shade as much as possible. Direct sunlight makes a bigger difference than you would think. If you run into customers along your route you may even ask if you can cut through their yards to stick to the shaded areas.
  4. Keep a small fan in your truck if your vehicle doesn’t have air conditioning. To cool off further, use some water to get your face and neck damp before sitting in front of the fan.
  5. Invest in some specialty items that can help you stay cool such as a neck cooling wrap. You can freeze these items overnight then keep them wrapped around your head or neck for comfort.
  6. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and spray yourself with it throughout your shift. If you can re-fill it do so, but make sure it’s cold water to get the full effects.
  7. During your lunch break get inside somewhere that has air conditioning for a longer cool off. This can help you get through the last few hours of your shift.
  8. If you have long hair be sure to tie it up. Hair resting against the back of your neck can make you feel significantly hotter.
  9. Don’t restrict a fan to your truck; bring a portable one on your route! This is particularly helpful on days without wind.
  10. Try to have a positive attitude. It can be tough when you’re stuck out in the boiling heat, but a change in attitude can really make a difference. Turn it into a joke. It won’t change the temperature, but it can make it more bearable.

In addition to keeping cool, you also have to keep track of your body while in the sun. Heat stress and heat stroke are very real problems that you need to keep an eye on. If you begin experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, fatigue, or muscle cramps, you need to seek assistance right away. Call your supervisor or, if appropriate, 911. Don’t take a risk when it comes to your health, as heat related illness can kill you. If caught early enough you may not need medical attention. Stop activity, move to a cool location, and drink water or sports drinks. If symptoms do not improve, you will need to seek medical attention.

Good luck out there this summer!

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Stay Cool with Summer Uniforms

Summer is underway, which means hot sun and hot temperatures, leading to hot working conditions. While there’s not much you can do about the temperatures themselves, you can outfit yourself in uniform items that will keep you as cool as possible. Today we’re going to break down the contents of our Summer Postal Uniforms category.

N1029381_1_1When it comes to keeping cool, having the right postal shirt is very important. Of course, you’ll want to go with something that has short sleeves to get more air. You may choose to go with a more traditional postal shirt, or you may opt for the more comfortable knit postal shirt. No matter what you choose, make sure it has short sleeves!

N1026593cNext, you’ll need to consider if you want to opt for pants, shorts, or the popular culottes. We advise you to steer clear of pants in the summer months, as that will trap heat around your legs. You can find multiple styles of shorts to suit your needs on our website. Our culottes are a great way to make your uniform a bit more classy while still having the same great benefits of shorts.

N1028849Another consideration is if you want to wear a hat. We highly recommend this. Hats keep the sun off your head and neck, which will have a significant impact on how hot or cool you are feeling. There are several styles to choose from. Choosing a postal hat that is made with breathable fabric or some sort of ventilation is ideal, as it will not only keep the sun off but allow for some air flow.

N1021885cWe also encourage you to take a look at our non-reimbursable summer accessories. You’ll have to pay for these out of pocket, but the benefits of these items are worth it. We’re going to highlight just a couple for you. Our neck cooling wrap can be submerged in cold water or chilled in the freezer. This will give you up to 72 hours of relief from the heat. Similarly, our bandanna can be worn under a hat after being soaked in water to keep you cool. Use these items to stay extra cool on extra hot days.

When it comes to the uniforms that will keep you cool, these are the best of the best. This doesn’t cover general tips for staying cool during the summer. Check back early next month for all our tips for looking after yourself, both inside and outside of your vehicle, during the hotter months. Stay cool and stay safe out there!

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Retail Uniforms

We talk a lot about letter carriers on this blog, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate window clerks too. Today we’re going to discuss the uniform items you need when you work in retail operations. Your uniform is just as important as any other USPS employees’!

N1029425_a_pThe first part of your uniform is the shirt. You may choose to go with a standard window clerk shirt, made of polyester and cotton. This crisp shirt looks professional and comes in both long and short sleeved options. You can get some great extra features with these shirts, such as the hidden pencil compartment in the pocket! If you’re looking for something a bit different, the polo shirts are for you. They’re less sleek, but more comfortable. It’s up to you to decide which way you want to go.

The next choice you have to make is between pants, skirts, or skorts. N1027272We’ll start with the pants. Our window clerk pants are 100% polyester with a tailored, pleated front. They’re professional and easy to work in. The skirt has a plain waistband and features a front kick pleat, allowing for fluid movement. It even has pockets! If you’re uneasy about wearing a skit to work but love the look, try a skort. You’ll get the same look as a skirt with the comfort of shorts.

N1026560dWhat about those chilly winter months? Window clerk sweaters are the answer! They feature a button down front with space for your name badge. The sweaters are made from Jacquard knit so you can say toasty warm even on the coldest of days. Pair it with one of your favorite window clerk shirts for a professional look.

While that covers the basics, what about accessories? We offer N1026608accessories that are both reimbursable and non-reimbursable. You can check out each category for details, but we offer items such as neckwear, belts, hair accessories, pins, lanyards, and much more! Dress up your uniform a bit with these fun extras!

You can find all these items on MyPostalUniforms.com. There’s more options than you would think when it comes to window clerk uniforms!

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Beat the Rain

pexels-photo-largeSpring is a popular time of year. The temperatures are rising and everything is starting to bloom. The downside to all this is that spring often comes with a lot of rain. Letter carriers have to deal with this rain on a regular basis. It can seem impossible to keep the mail, and yourself, dry.

While there’s no foolproof method to keeping dry in the rain, there are things you can do that will help.

Dress for the weather. This is by far your best defense against the rain. Your first line of defense should be a high quality rain coat. This can be a parka, a jacket, a coat…whatever it is you need to keep dry. If you want to stay as a dry as possible, go for waterproof over water resistant. When choosing one make sure you read the details, as you’ll want a coat that is breathable to prevent you from getting too warm. To keep properly dry you’ll also want to invest in some waterproof pants. These can be worn over your normal pants to keep your legs nice and dry.

And don’t forget about your feet. It’s hard to be comfortable when your feet are soaked through. There’s a few options to choose from here. You may decide to go for rubber boots, a classic item to help you stay dry. If you love your current postal shoes though, you may instead invest in rubber overshoes to fit over your comfortable work shoes. For a final line of defense, go for some waterproof socks in case water manages to get past your shoes.

You may also choose to invest in a hat or disposable raincoats for unexpected showers. These are also great ways to keep dry on the job.

Protect the mail. Yes, some of the mail is going to get wet. This is N1026533inevitable. This doesn’t mean you should disregard the mail completely. Make the effort to keep the mail you are delivering as dry as possible. This can be particularly difficult if you have a walking route. You might choose to attempt using an umbrella while on your route, but this can be challenging while on the job. Keep the flap on your satchel over the mail as you walk, and if you’re carrying any keep it against your chest to keep it as dry as possible. This has limited effectiveness, but it is better than nothing.

One of the most efficient ways to keep mail dry is to invest in a postal cape. It can be placed over the rest of your uniform, and since it has an opening in the front you will be able to hold the mail under it while you walk. This will keep the mail as dry as possible until you deliver it.

N1023738Have a positive attitude. Decide you don’t care if it rains. Instead, enjoy when it rains. Find humor in the rain. It may surprise you just how much a positive attitude can change how you feel about something unpleasant. You chose this profession knowing you’d have to deliver in the rain, so try and accept it and make the best of the situation.

Check out MyPostalUniforms.com for our selection of postal items that will help you keep dry in the rain.

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Spectacular Spring Selections

The first day of spring is officially behind us. Have you found yourself stuck with uniform items that are perfect for the cold of winter and the warmth of summer, but not the in between temperatures of spring? Not to worry, because MyPostalUniforms.com has a wide selection of spring uniforms that are sure to fit your needs. Our spring uniform items will keep you protected from the frequent rains and the chilly breeze without making you overheated as winter outerwear would. You can find our selection of spring uniforms here. Read on to see what our favorite items are this spring!

N1026554b (1)Postal Windbreaker

When the rain starts falling on a regular basis, you need something to keep you dry. It is lightweight and water resistant, making it the perfect selection for those cool spring days. The windbreaker features two large front patch pockets. These patch pockets have side compartments and reflective material, which makes it easier for letter carriers to be seen. The USPS insignia is sewn onto the windbreaker, making letter carriers easy to identify. This high quality product is made right here in the USA and makes a great addition to your wardrobe.

N1026740Rubber Overshoes and Boots

Rubber boots are very effective at what they do, but may not give your feet the same support your regular postal shoes do. Get the best of both worlds by investing in these rubber overshoes and boots! They will stretch easily over your work shoes so you don’t have to sacrifice support and comfort just to keep your feet dry. These overshoes are seamless and provide 100% waterproof protection. The cleated outsoles provide slip resistance, which will help keep the wearer safe in rainy conditions. Invest in a product that will keep you dry and keep you safe.

N1027784oPostal Waterproof Parka

Keeping yourself the right temperature, dry, and comfortable are all very important while you’re on the job. Luckily this waterproof parka does all three of those things! The Sympatex liner is both waterproof and windproof while remaining breathable. This product will keep you warm from cool spring weather without overheating you as winter outerwear does. This garment, made in the USA, is made to last. You can be sure you’ll get many years out of this waterproof parka! Find our full selection of sizes by following the link above.

N1027200SealSkinz Postal Waterproof Socks

Sometimes, even when you do everything right, water will get past your shoes. When that happens make sure you’re wearing our SealSkinz postal waterproof socks! They are designed to keep your feet dry no matter what. These are great for rainy days to act as extra protection. No one wants to work for an entire day with soaking wet feet. You can purchase these socks in several sizes. You may also be interested in the Chillblocker socks, which have a cozy, fleece lining to keep your feet dry as well as warm.

N1026536bNEESE-TEX Rainwear

Keep rain and wind out while allowing perspiration to escape with this groundbreaking product. Not only will you stay nice and dry, but your body will remain cool in warmer conditions. This rainwear is great for all types of weather, and can be purchased as either a parka or trousers. Each piece of rainwear includes a reflective postal ribbon for extra safety in those rainy conditions. Choose between men’s and women’s styles for both the parka and the trousers. Keep the rain at bay with this high quality uniform item.

 

This is just a taste of the spring items we have to offer. Browse our site to check out all our spring uniform items!

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