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Mark Elder

Mark Elder

"Not only is he a great and entertaining writer but, I can tell you his insights on life are invaluable!"
- Kerryn Benbow, Senior Events Manager (Red Cross, AMP, Symantec)

Australian Mark Elder has worked as a magazine designer, a photojournalist and a musician. His travels have taken him such diverse places as war zones in Afghanistan to Everest Basecamp in Nepal and Yakuza bars in Japan. He has studied mindfulness at a Vipassana (ten days of silence) retreat as well as releasing the Kundalini in India ("oh, wow!").

But it was his work as a telephone crisis volunteer - and trainer - that inspired this book. The years that he spent on the phone gave him the skills and insights into helping people climb out of the emotional danger zone. His time in various war zones and places where people are suffering also provided many insights into the human condition.

He has had articles published in publications such as GQ, Elle, Gourmet Traveller and others. His recent diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's Disease has given him extra insights into using his coping skills. It's done nothing for his typing technique, though!

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Success! Get Yourself From Crisis To Coping sold 109 pre-orders by Feb. 5, 2016, was pitched to 8 publishers, and will be self published.

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Your support for the book results in you receiving the digital eBook upon its release. Plus! You will start coping!
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Your name inside the book will highlight your commitment to making the world a less stressed place. A limited number of patrons will be named and thanked in the books acknowledgements. And receive a limited edition signed copy. Plus an invitation to the exclusive soft-launch event. Plus! You will start coping!
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Supporters will receive 2 signed printed books, be named and thanked in the books acknowledgements, and you'll receive a personalised skype session with the author. Plus an invitation to the exclusive soft-launch event. Plus! You will start coping!
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+ Your name credited as a patron
+ A personalised skype session with the author
+ Invite to the book launch party
+ Signed print copy delivered to you
+ Print copy delivered to you
+ ePUB copy of the ebook
+ PDF copy of the ebook
+ Thank you inside the book!

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Supporters will receive 2 signed printed books, be named and thanked in the books acknowledgements, and you'll receive a personalised skype session with the author. Monthly email updates for a year with extra coping tips. An invitation to the exclusive soft-launch event. Plus! You will start coping!
You'll receive:

+ Your name credited as a patron
+ A personalised skype session with the author
+ Monthly updates for a year.
+ Invite to the book launch party
+ Signed print copy delivered to you
+ Print copy delivered to you
+ ePUB copy of the ebook
+ PDF copy of the ebook
+ Thank you inside the book!

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Supporters will receive 2 signed printed books, be named and thanked in the books acknowledgements, and you'll receive a corporate coaching session session with the author. Monthly email updates for a year with extra coping tips. An invitation to the exclusive soft-launch event. Plus! You will start coping!
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+ Your name credited as a patron
+ A corporate coaching session with the author - teaching your people how to cope with stress.
+ Monthly updates for a year.
+ Invite to the book launch party
+ Signed print copy delivered to you
+ Print copy delivered to you
+ ePUB copy of the ebook
+ PDF copy of the ebook
+ Thank you inside the book!

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Get Yourself From Crisis To Coping

Your Instant Emotional Toolbox

A simple and easy-to-use toolbox of techniques to get you out of the emotional red zone. Start coping and smiling and thriving.

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Proposal

"Excellent new resource for anyone who's ever had a crisis, seen a loved one go through one - which is pretty well all of us!!" - Chrissie Burke - Registered Psychologist, MAPS

We are complicated creatures – which is both a curse and a blessing – a mixture of thoughts and feelings that lead to feelings about feelings and thoughts about those feelings. We are engaged in a perpetual cycle of “what if", We continually ask ourselves, “why" – why did I do that? Why don't people like me? Why is my mother like this? And we tell ourselves that things “should" operate in certain ways – my life should be like this, families should be kinder, other people should be better organised, etc.

We can – and do – play these pointless “what if and why" games all day. Not only that, we actively refuse to process our emotions. They are like a big turbulent room that – when we open the door – threaten to overwhelm us. Crisis counselling taught me how to sit next to my emotions and not react to them, while still being aware of them and not avoiding them.

So, we search for happiness. Paradoxically, the search for happiness is making us desperately unhappy. We look at what other people have and think that everyone else is more successful – which these days means more happy – than we are. Your neighbour might have a Maseratti while you are schlepping round in a clapped out old Skoda. Your best friends look like they have fantastic sex lives. Your cousin looks organised and neat. We are sending ourselves mad. Benchmarking yourself against other people is a surefire way to make yourself unhappy.

Likewise, you can't think your way to happiness. Or work your way to happiness. Or drink your way to happiness.

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Not coping is normal

Everybody struggles. Everybody has times when they can't cope. Human beings are an intense mishmash of thoughts, feelings and emotions that feed on each other in a jumbled bio-feedback loop. We are bombarded constantly with doubts and regrets. Feelings of inadequacy, disillusionment, grief, uncertainty, loneliness, isolation, shyness pile on top of each other leaving us feeling vulnerable and off kilter. For most of us there is a nagging something that hums in the background of our subconscious - a little voice that says, "maybe I'm not good enough" or not worthy of love, success, happiness. The list goes on. We are limitless in our ability to self sabotage.



Every now and then the noise increases and we end up in a state of crisis. Anxiety, panic attacks, crippling depression, aching loneliness, existential doubt. We are hit with a tsunami of feelings that knocks us off our feet. When we are in the middle of this storm it can be hard to find a way out.



My work as a telephone counsellor gave me insights into how people can turn the emotional volume down. Using diverse techniques such as breathing techniques, mindfulness, grounding, paraphrasing and self-parenting we can bring ourselves back from the brink. Just simple cognitive messages that affirm that we aren't abnormal can have a huge impact on us. Knowing that we aren't painful failures and that these feelings are commonplace can take the heat off. Knowing that things change can give us the strength to ride out the storm.

But how?

Each chapter provides simple, clear explanations showing how to. For example, people talk about mindfulness a lot. What exactly is it? How exactly do I do it? And how will it help?

Of course, this book isn't a substitute for professional modalities such as therapy or psychiatry. Expert help should be sought to help resolve deep issues and long term problems. But this book can help you to get into a calmer state so that you can make rational decisions about your health and wellbeing.

Once the book is published, I will be launching a website with further updates, plus an app with helpful hints for coping NOW - right when you need it!

"I am really looking forward to reading what the unique, authentic and awesome Mark has to say on coping with the stress of everyday life," - Rachel Gleeson

Timeline

Since this is crowdfunding, delivery times are a bit delayed. My estimated timeline is:

Run pre-orders campaign (45 days)
Finish writing, editing & layout (1 month)
Printing & delivery (1 month)


One last note: The pre-orders are in USD.

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  • Update #8 - Six months on... April 5, 2016

    Hi everyone, 

    Just a note to keep you in the loop about the book Get yourself from Crisis to Coping. It's been six ...


  • Update #7 - The book is finished! Feb. 14, 2016

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    Just letting you know - the book is finished! The writing is done, the illustrations and design are all wrapped up. We are just giving ...


  • Update #6 - Muchas Gracias! Jan. 15, 2016

    Yay! With just an hour to go till we face the final curtain with Publishizer! Thanks so much for all the support. The book is ...


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  • Update #1 - As featured on PsyBlog! Dec. 6, 2015

    The first week!

    Thanks to everybody for your interest and support for the first week of my crowdfunding campaign. As of today, Get Yourself From ...


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