5 Stress Reduction Tips To Help You Avoid Holiday Burnout

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The festive season is here and for many people, stress, depression and anxiety can make this season anything but merry. Here’s 5 stress reduction tips to help you avoid burnout during the holidays:

 

  1. Lower your expectations. The holidays are so exciting! Being with loved ones, decorations, lights, presents and much feasting! As the holiday approaches, expectations increase as to how the holiday will be only for them to be dashed when the holidays arrive. So, try not to place high expectations on how events will unfold. Always expect the unexpected and remember that humans can react unpredictably and surprisingly. Also, life can throw us the odd curve ball, especially when we least want it, so just have a “what will be will be” attitude and hopefully, the holidays will be perfect. Avoiding high expectations means you won’t become stressed out or upset should things not turn out the way you wanted.

 

  1. Plan ahead. Make a detailed plan for all of the things you need to do. Be thorough and try to do as much in advance as possible. The more you can get done before the holidays the less stressful the season will be. Include shopping, decorations, wrapping, meal preparation, sending cards, visiting family, and a schedule for the big day. This will help you get organized so you’ll get more done and you’ll feel less stressed. Make checklists so you can mark progress as you go. Another great tip is to have a backup plan in case things go awry.

 

  1. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure happy holidays. The holiday dinner alone really can be hard work for the cook! Too much work leads to stress burnout so make sure the whole family share the workload. Delegate by sharing chores among the whole family and get children involved too. It’s true – many hands make light work – and they also reduce stress in doing so.

 

  1. As much as the holidays are about spending time with family, having the family over can be highly stressful. Not all families get along, and stress levels can soar at get-togethers. If you have family members who are unappreciative, argumentative, aggressive, sulky – the kind of people who will spoil the day, then say “no!” and don’t invite them. The holidays are about joy and happiness, so inviting people who will ruin everyone’s day isn’t on. But a sense of duty can lead to inviting someone around against your better judgement. Your only duty is to your immediate family – your spouse and your children – not to any other family members. If your family get along, fine, but if you know there’s going to be fireworks, then make everyone’s day by not having stress as an unwanted holiday guest.

 

  1. Set your budget and stick to it. It’s really tempting to spend money during the holidays and many people will rack up huge debts doing so. The debt then becomes a major stress factor after the holidays have ended. You don’t need to buy people expensive gifts and you don’t need to go into debt to impress people. The Internet is a fantastic source for finding creative and imaginative gifts that will give the receiver a highly valued special surprise because it shows thoughtfulness. Debt is to stress what pizzas are to waistlines and you can pay a heavy price for impressing people with gifts. Stick to your budget and you will reduce stress, not just over the holidays but for many months after.

 

Hypnosis and Mindfulness practice are great tools in helping you cope with and enjoy this holiday season.  A clinical session with me is a great gift to yourself and will help you reach your goal in 2019.  Click or Tap the Contact Tab above to get you feeling amazing.

About the Author:

Marc is an award winning, certified stage and clinical hypnotist, author and motivational speaker with experience entertaining both large and small gatherings.

Marc uses his skills and talents in a variety of areas that include self-improvement or clinical hypnosis, motivational speaking, and comedy stage hypnosis.  He has worked with individuals and corporations throughout the United States to improve outcomes in personal lives and organizations.

As a clinical hypnotist, he has helped people resolve sleep issues, lose weight, stop smoking, deal with long held fears, deal with stress and anxiety, manage pain, improve sports performance, eliminate addictions, and improve sexual function.

His performance resume includes appearances on live shows for Refinery29 Live and Elite Daily’s TrashED.  He has performed internationally for major corporations, at comedy clubs, fairs and , and for schools, proms, graduations, conferences, conventions and corporations.

Marc’s book, “Staying in the Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation” helps educators, parents and students get better results in the classroom through the adoption of mindfulness exercises as part of the curriculum.

For more information about, or to book an appointment with Marc visit his website: www.hypnomarc.com or email info@hypnomarc.com.

 

Why Don’t We Teach Mindfulness in Schools?

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What if you had the power to change your students’ outcomes, improve their ability to regulate behaviors and emotions, and give them a life-long tool that has been proven to be beneficial to their health?  And, what if that could be done in every school, every day, without taking away instructional time or adding additional planning burdens on educators, or costing hundreds of dollars?   And, what if parents, educators and administrators also reaped these same benefits, would you do it?

As we enter a new school year, these are the questions we should be answering, with a resounding “YES”.  The scientific proofs are irrefutable.  Thousands of studies, throughout the world, have shown the benefits to the individual, the institutions and to society.  Mindfulness practice is taught, or researched in the top universities including Yale, Harvard, Stamford and Oxford.  Oxford even offers a master’s degree in mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice

Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice.  Rather, it is a skill that trains people to be able to control their reactions to emotions and stimuli.  It does not negate emotion.  On the contrary mindfulness allows us to feel the emotion and become active, rather than reactive.  It gives us the ability to place a pause and to become reflective instead of reactive.  The skill of learning not to be controlled by our emotions is critical for both physical and emotional health.  It is a skill that is required to succeed in life, not just in school.  In fact, major corporations and business leaders spend thousands of dollars to learn mindfulness for themselves and to train their team members, so they can improve success rates and increase bottom-line results.

Among the results of research on high school aged children in the United States, we have found that nearly half meet the criteria for having a mental health issue.  This includes conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and ADHD.  These conditions often lead to suicide attempts or ideation.  Behavioral issues are the single most cited reason for student drop-out.

Further studies on teaching mindfulness practice in the classroom have shown dramatic increases in the ability of students to regulate their emotions, demonstrate pro-social behaviors and improve academic achievement.  These are important results because they ultimately result in teachers having more instructional time, rather than less.

So, the question that must be answered is “Why Don’t We Teach Mindfulness in Our Schools?”  Why aren’t parents, business leaders, educators demanding the inclusion of mindfulness practice as a required course in the school curriculum?  These questions are confounding when we look at those schools that have incorporated mindfulness practice as part of their curriculum and the results they have achieved.

Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”

Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”; that is having an awareness of the moment so that you can connect with it.  It is about focusing your attention on one thing at a time, focusing on a person, a task or an event.  The result of such practice is a greater sense of calm and well-being, better understanding of self and subject, and more productivity.  Imagine the benefits that educators, students and families could reap from the inclusion of mindfulness practice in our schools.

The challenge for school administrators is recognizing the amazing benefits of including mindfulness practice in the classroom.  Most administrators are driven by the cost of implementation or push-back resulting from fears of failure.  These drivers include staff development time, impact on instructional time, result measurement, intractability of Boards of Education and Superintendents.  Another challenge is finding the experts to train staff, as well as finding the materials necessary to successfully design a program.  But, what if the cost of such a program was less than their morning coffee and bagel?  What if, there was a resource that provided a step by step, fun instructional guide for teachers and the research to demonstrate the benefits to Boards of Educations and Superintendents?

These are exactly the challenges that I sought to address when I wrote – “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation”.  This ebook gives you a proven path to improve student outcomes and help you once again energize you and your classroom.   Implementing mindfulness practice in your classroom significantly reduces disturbances and behavioral issues, increases student participation, and most importantly empowers you and your students to achieve more than ever thought possible.

The exercises that I give you in “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation” are easily adapted to any age group, including faculty and staff.  You owe it to yourself and your students to discover how this ebook gives you the exact steps to improve student outcomes… in a couple of weeks.

The best part is that I have made buying this ebook a No-Brainer!  As I teacher, I know how much of my own money I spend for my students.  So I priced this ebook at a price that guarantees you will buy it.  I want you to be able to download and use these techniques and not break the bank.  I want all of our classrooms to develop students with life-time skills.  In order to do that, I decided this ebook would be in everyone’s reach.  I have made it available for most major ebook readers and the cost is only… $2.99.

Make this year different!  Start right now just use the tab below and purchase your copy of  “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation”.    Please share this blog post and information with your colleagues and be sure to drop me a line about your success with the program.

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