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Wednesday, September 09 2015 09:11

Five Essentials for Staying Calm, Cool & Collected in Xtreme Situations

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THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

Years ago, especially before we had kids, I definitely had a short fuse at times. These days, things are different, and as my friend Geno recently told me, a more accurate depiction would be that I have "a very long fuse attached to a very big bomb" - so it's important to stay calm, cool and collected under extreme circumstances. For better or worse, I've been in some challenging circumstances over the years, and learning to keep cool is a fine art that I have yet to fully master - but I'm getting better. A lot of it comes down to the appearance of being calm, cool and collected - even though there's something brewing beneath the surface. This is especially helpful when dealing with something that I do daily... children, and all the things and people that go with them.

1. Sunglasses: It's good to have several pairs on-hand, and I've been wearing Anarchy Eyewear for a bit. While a great pair of shades has some surface benefits like style and UV protection (I have really light-sensitive eyes), they can also help with anxiety, which I also have. I try not to wear them inside (which tends to make one look jerk-ish), yet I can understand why some might. I do like wearing them on airplanes, though. 

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2. Headphones or Earbuds: Have you ever seen the film Léon: The Professional? In it, Stansfield (played by Gary Oldman) is seen popping in a pair of earbuds before some, shall we say, "challenging" moments. Music sets the mood, and even the most extreme sounds can have a calming effect on certain individuals - myself included. 

3. Look Good. Be Shaven. - It's true that there's a spot on my chin on which lives a goatee that's roughly 8" from base to tip. I got out the measuring tape this morning just to verify for the record. How long will my goatee eventually grow? I have no idea, but part of keeping the look rocking proper is keeping the rest of my face nice, clean and smooth. The tool of late is the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive Razor with vitamin E and aloe and 3 blades that flex and pivot to adapt to the contours of my face for a close shave. There's nothing that ruins the "cool" more than having stubble and razor burn getting sweated on - it's not just the look that counts, but the feel.

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4. Guitar Picks: If you've read my other tips for Schick®, you might've seen me mention my signature edition guitar picks in other situations. They're multi-purpose. You know how some people diddle or roll a coin between their fingers to calm their nerves (the Batman villain "Two-Face" comes to mind)? I do the same with guitar picks - daily. 

5. A Smile: When all else fails, a smile goes a long way... and even if you've got a thousand things to do, an endless stream of activities and places to be with the kids (and it just took 20 minutes to simply get them into the car), it's all good!

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Bonus: Bubblegum. I chew it often.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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