It should surprise no one that stress is on the rise in our workplace. How we handle that stress, however, remains, as always, up to us as individuals. I have been speaking about stress for several years, and we can all learn to minimize our exposure to stressful situations, to increase our personal resistance to the harmful effects of stress, and to react positively when stress still works its way into our lives.
While defeating stress continues to be the main focus of my presentations, I have come to understand that how we handle other factors, such as sleep, diet and exercise, is interrelated with how we handle stress. Our physical, mental and emotional health is largely the result if small habits, compounded over time. I present ways to make simple changes in those habits that can have a very positive impact on our health.
What can you expect?
-You can expect to get new and useful information presented in an engaging, sometimes humorous, fashion.
-You can expect to have a better understanding of the role our habits play in our health.
-You can expect to look at your own habits in relation to seep, exercise, diet and, most importantly, stress, and plan simple changes that, compounded over time, can have an enormous impact on your health.
-You can expect to learn proven techniques for reducing stress and for managing the stress that remains.
-Lastly, you can expect to receive weekly reminders throughout the year of the important principles highlighted during the presentation.
I present in a calm, humorous manner, and engage and involve the audience. My typical presentation is 90 minutes, but I have customized it from 50 minutes to three hours. The core information about the many small, positive changes we can make is the same in all the presentations. With more time, more supporting information, pertinent examples and audience participation activities can be included.
Message to School Administrators: Repeated research and empirical evidence have shown that improving school climate by making your school a place where people enjoy coming to work will do more to increase student performance than any change in curriculum or teaching practice. Some districts have paid for this presentation through school improvement funds citing such evidence. Furthermore, a happy, healthy staff is not only more productive, it also allows for administrators to dedicate more of their efforts toward moving learning forward.
“Stress is not a state of mind, but something measurable and dangerous. It’s not an abstract concept that maybe you should do something about someday. You need to do something about it TODAY.” Stress: Portrait of a Killer (PBS Documentary, 2008)
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