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Monday, November 30, 2009

How To Enjoy Christmas and Lessen Stress

So it is December 1st, a little over 3 weeks to Christmas Day. We continuously hear in story and song that it is the happiest time of the year, well if that is so, why are so many people stressed and exhausted on December 25th?

There is so much to do…… There is such little time and money……I want it to be perfect.

These are some of the answers and the reality of the Christmas stress. How then do you deal with, limit or eliminate complete this Christmas stress.

Life Coaching Activity to Deal With Christmas stress.

1. Planning is always the best way to reduce stress in any part of your life. So plan your days. Write up a schedule. Have family input.

2. Take time for yourself and family. This works just as well if you live by yourself. Do what I like to call a ‘snow day.’ Plan at least one day during the holidays where you don’t leave your home. Begin with a big breakfast where everyone helps. Follow this with board games, movies, reading, family activities. It can become a part of your family Christmas tradition.

3. In - house retreat. Schedule a time for you. Create your own in-house retreat. Make sure the kids, if any, know ahead of time that you will be taking 2-3 hours for yourself, in-house. Take a long luxurious bath. Read a book. Do your nails. Listen to soothing music. Whatever works for you.

4. Focus on the positives in your life. There are no two people alike in this world so don’t try to be like anyone else. Your life is your life at this point in time and just like an original painting you are unique. Take time at the end of the day to focus on the positive things in your life. They are there.

5. Slow down. The work life has become so busy. So much more is expected of us. Technology in our home creates more time for us while technology at work has the potential to consume more of our time. Take a few minutes each day to do some deep breathing; creative thinking, sometimes called ‘day dreaming.’ It can stimulate the brain and lower the blood pressure. Relax, enjoy your life at this moment.

Have a great day.
Coach Phyllis

Life Coaching Activity - Questions Direct Life Limit Stress for Life Coaches/Career Coaches/ School Counselors

I truely believe that questions direct our lives. Every action or task in life, no matter how small, is proceeded by a question. If the right question is asked it should help limit stress in our lives.

Activity: When faced with a project/task to complete at work or at home use the following life coaching activity:

Ask your client or have the client ask themself the following questions:

1. What is it I need to do today?
2. What is the first step toward achieving this?
3. Is this the appropriate time of day for this task? Would another time be better?
4. Is there something I can eliminate today inorder to complete this task. Priorize!
5. What is the next step?

Always ask what is the next step.
State next step clearly.
This helps in understanding the expected outcome and possible speed bumps along the way.

Have a great day.
Coach Phyllis

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Life Coaching Activities New Book

Good morning, coming from a background of curriculum,and program development I find it extremely interesting and rewarding to develop Life Coaching Activities which I would like to share with you. Each and every life coaching activity is grounded in theory, making the practice of life coaching more meaningful and results based.

I will be posting life coaching activities at least twice aweek and I invite you to use them for free.

I will be publishing my first Life Coaching Activities Workbook early in the new year. I will keep you informed.

Coach Phyllis

Work Life Balance Life Coaching Activities & Questions

Phyllis Reardon M.Ed
Life Coach

This is an article I published several years ago but I thought I would dust off and reprint. While some articles are seasonal or timely, the issue of Work/Life balance is a constant, because life is constant.
Please use to reflect and maybe adjust your life.

The term, Life Work Balance, has been around for years but probably has never been more important than right now. Technology in all its many forms was created to improve our lives however recent advances in technology may at times blur the line between work and the rest of our life.

How is your Work/Life balance?
Work/Life Balance Activity
1. Keep a daily log for one week.
2. Note the number of hours worked.
3. Note the number of hours with family,friends, exercising....outside of work.
4. Compare the number of hours at work and time in other areas of your life.
5. Are they they balance?
6. Where do you spend most of you time?
How is your Life/Work Balance?
I would love to get your comments.
Coach Phyllis

Friday, November 6, 2009

Life Coaching Thoughts at the End of The Week

Today's quote:

"Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is key to unlocking our potential.
Sir Winston Churchill

Think about this quote. Does it have any meaning for you? Does it have any meaning for the people you work with?

Have a great weekend. Take time to enjoy.

Coach Phyllis

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Time, Is On Your Side - You Have Control

Good Thursday morning. Where does time go? November 5th. 2009.

The number of hours of daylight are less this time of year but we still have the same number of hours in the week, 168.

How are you using your 168 hours?

Check it out. Take a few minutes to explore how you are using your hours.

Make a wrtten note of the hours at work, fitness/exercise, family time, tv, reading etc.

Do you have any extra hours?
What's left over?
How can they be used?
Can schedules be moved around to make your percious time more efficient?

Do this for one week and see what discoveries you make.

Have a great 24 hours.
Coach Phyllis

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Passion, Power, Purpose The Life of a Career Practitioner

Good morning, welcome to Wednesday!

I had an opportunity for the past two days to spend time with a group of very dedicated front line career practitioners and the passion with which they approach their work was energizing for me. They made me think of Power, Passion and Purpose, the parts of life that keep us moving forward even when things get difficult, be that at work or in life.

They are to their clients as Emersons says, "someone who will inspire."

"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."

Have a great day,
Coach Phyllis