Friday Two Cents: Don’t Stress: Laugh And Have Fun


 

‘A day without laughter is a day wasted.’Charlie Chaplin

 

  Well this week I was able to put up the Christmas tree, string the outdoor lights and put out my nativity scene for the upcoming Christmas season. Yet one thing that always makes the season more enjoyable is the music of this wonderful holiday.  We in Toronto are quit fortunate to have a radio station (CHFI 98.1 FM) that plays Christmas music all day long.  They started last weekend at the beginning of the Santa Claus parade and will continue until December 26, Boxing Day. 

  Christmas music has always been a big part of Christmas for me.  I think because I use to play in several bands and we were always playing the songs for about a month and half before Christmas to help us prepare for our concerts.  However, about 10 years ago I discovered some alternate Christmas songs that I have to listen to that makes my Christmas complete.

Stressed Out Christmas

  They are a collection of songs preformed by Bob Rivers and once I heard them, Christmas hasn’t been the same. For some reason these songs connected with me. Perhaps it’s because I find that with everyone is running around trying to get things done, buy stuff and it places a lot of stress on people when there shouldn’t be.  I think people need to not take things too seriously. Everywhere people are worried about getting the perfect gift, have the perfect dinner and the perfect tree. These songs help me to see that there is some fun and laughter in this season.  We do not need to take things too seriously; relax, enjoy life, laugh and have fun.   Those are some of the important parts of Christmas.
  Therefore in the spirit of bringing some laughter and fun back into Christmas, I have attached a YouTube video/song of my favourite alternate Christmas song by Bob Rivers.  The tone is from the song “Winter Wonderland” but the lyrics have been changed into a new song entitled, “Walkin’ ‘Round In Women’s Underwear”. 
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and remember to have a little laugh every once in a while. 

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Friday Two Cents: Too Many Jobs


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“Finding a job is a job in itself.” George Giokaris (My Professor)

 

The previous week I had finished teacher’s college therefore this week I was looking forward to relaxing a bit and maybe focus on working with the students on softball and t-ball and looking for a teaching position. I had the good fortune to return to my pervious school where I worked and ran softball and t-ball leagues for the students in the afterschool. The students and teachers where looking forward to the 3 month-long activity. For me it would be my sixth year organizing and running it. Yet this week was far from relaxing.

As I have stated in a previous post my father suffered a mini stroke and had subsequent surgery to help prevent further strokes. Thankfully he is on the mend and is getting stronger with each passing day. He still requires follow-up doctor appointments but I am glad to take him.

As well I have been busy preparing my pastoral letter for my application to the Catholic boards and other letters for applications to associations and fulfilling those requirements. Plus preparing letters and resumes for all the boards I am interested in. This task is no small feat. I began it during teacher’s college but with everything happening it became a matter of priorities.  

Then of course I have the softball and t-ball leagues at work and I took on an extra responsibly of assisting a friend coach a t-ball team in another league. To say that baseball will be a part of my life for the foreseeable future would be an understatement.

Writing it all down I can see that this week has been very busy. I can only imagine if I had all this during me schooling. Wait, I did have some of these things. I just replaced teacher’s college with looking for a job and the baseball responsibilities. Two for one as it were.

My professor once said that looking for a job is a job in itself. I always believed him but never more so than now. I found it interesting that during teacher’s college they wanted us to start looking for a job while in essence “working” at practicum, doing on average 2 – 3 assignments a week, apply to associations while many of us have to work to pay for school and other amenities. If you truly look at it we were doing 4 jobs at once. Even though teacher’s college is over it would appear I still have 3 – 4 jobs again. No wonder I’m still tired.

  It would appear that I have been multitasking for so long that I have replaced one task with others. I have never believed that multitasking has any benefit and yet the world almost insists on it.   I think many know some myths of multitasking but here are a few …

Multitasking Myths

  1. Instead of increasing productivity it slows you down.
  2. You are inclined to make more mistakes (some research say up to 40% lose in productivity).
  3. It stresses you out. I can attest to that.
  4. You’re missing out on life. A social Life what is that? What social life!
  5. Your memory will suffer. Who are you again?
  6. I hurts your relationships. WHAT RELATIONSHIPS!!! If I had a girlfriend at the beginning of teacher’s college, I wouldn’t have one at the end.
  7. You can over eat. $%$@# did that. Now I have to work hard to lose what I gained.
  8. You are not good at it. Damn right!
  9. It dampers your creativity. Yes, I found it extremely difficult to indulge in my artistic pursuits.
  10. It can be dangerous. Texting and Driving comes to mind.

 I read an article on this subject and how it affects students. I am adding a link to the article if you are interested below.

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2014/11/26/the-myth-of-multitasking-and-what-it-means-for-learning/

 For me, I think I have no choice but to continue multitasking, but I think that now that I am aware of it more I will try to adjust my life a bit. Here are a few things I found that might help…

  1. Write things down.
  2. Make a plan and stick to it. Prioritize!
  3. Create the right environment for you.
  4. Take a break. Go for a walk, exercise or read a book. Have some fun.
  5. Its part of number 2 but plan some fun. Go out, watch a movie and be with friends.

Just Relax

 

Taking my own advice to heart I think I’ll write a list to figure things out, clean and organize my office and studio and then begin reading a book. Small steps but then the jobs will be done and I can finally relax.

Friday Two Cents: Stressed out


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I think everyone has had to deal with stress now and again but we never think about kids getting stressed. This week in a lecture we had a great guest speaker talk to us about stress. Not just for us, because being a student teacher it can get really stressful at times, but that kids can get stressed too.

I won’t go through the entire lecture but there are key points that were very interesting.

Stressed effects kids too

 
  1. Change – changing schools, moving to a new house, even starting school can be very stressful to a child.
  2. Too much to do – this one I have seen in many children. They are busy all the time, from music lessons, athletic activities, gymnastics or art lessons after school kids do not have time to just stop and relax and have quiet time.
  3. Feeling different from the other kids – being teased for being different on a number of issues or being bullied.
  4. Fighting or arguing – fight or arguing with family members such as siblings of parents.
  5. Schoolwork – think of schoolwork as work you did not finish at your work and you have to bring it home. Or not truly understanding the work required or just the sheer workload.
  6. Bing yelled at – from family members, friend or teachers no one likes being yelled at.
  7. Breakups – family breakups can place a tremendous amount of stress that can last for a very long time.
  8. Felling lonely or unloved – this one is probably the most stressful.       How would you feel if you felt alone or unloved?

 

But there are ways to help kids cope at home.

 

Play works miracles

  1. Play – just let them have some fun and play and get some exercise.
  2. Eat healthy food – your body needs nutritional food to function properly, so do kids.
  3. Spend time with them – enjoy their company, parent child time
  4. Love – lots of hugs and kisses, show them you love them
  5. Bedtime routines – this help them to relax.
  6. Sleep – a tired child get stressed more easily. We adults are the same way.
  7. Morning routines – start off you day on the right foot.
  8. Have fun together – they say the best medicine is laughter. A good laugh helps to relieve the stress.
  9. Learn to manage the stress – easier said than done, but adults had to learn this skill and so do the children.
 

I just scratched the surface of the issue but I think you get the picture. They gave us a website where you can go and get ideas and helpful tips.

   www.kidsgetstressedtoo.org

 In the mean time, I’m going to relax and just draw something.

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