Lately I’ve found myself incredibly stressed out and I know that I haven’t been handling it as well as I should. As a teacher, I usually encourage my students to work through a problem with a direct, systematic approach. However, I’ve been tackling my stress in a random, haphazard way. I’ve been attacking it from all sides, all at once. I needed to slow down and devise a plan. And I have to admit, it’s been working so far. Just in time, too, because I was about to lose my damn mind.
Step 1: Turn to alcohol.
Just kidding. A little. Anyway, back to my plan…
Step 1: Identify the stressors.
Step 2: Attack one problem at a time. For example, I created a “must do” and “can wait” list for work. I realized I was trying to do too much when it came to planning. I needed to break it down!
- Must do: choose one state standard for ELA and one standard for social studies and plan a week’s worth of relevant plans. I’m starting with a project on explorers in SS. My plans are pretty legit if I do say so myself.
- Can wait: everything else! I was overwhelming myself in this area particularly. My husband pointed out that I was trying to do everything and know everything too soon. He reminded me that no one becomes an expert in a week and a half and that I needed to give myself a break. Done!
Step 3: Relax. This one comes naturally after you’ve completed the first two steps. I already feel much better about everything that’s been happening lately. Well, almost. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressing out a little about the blog. I love blogging, but I’m just not good at it! I’ve said it before, but I really look up to people who can come up with relevant and meaningful posts day after day. I struggle with just producing half-assed posts once or twice a week. Maybe practice makes perfect? Here’s to hoping…
As one of my fellow teachers reminded me: “The sun’s gonna rise and set either way.” It’s true. The world isn’t going to stop spinning if I type up a ridiculously sucky post, mess up a lesson, spend an extra five dollars at the store, or skip three runs in a row. Life goes on… and we better enjoy it while we can!
Speaking of enjoying life… Let’s take a little peek back at my bachelorette party weekend! It is Wedding Wednesday after all. I know, I know… My very last post was about a bachelorette party. Overkill? Maybe. But I’m rolling with it! My bachelorette party took place this May at The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It was one of the funniest/most amazing weekends I’ve ever had! Sad thing is, we didn’t take that many pictures. We were too busy having a blast… so I’ll leave you with a wordless wedding post, bachelorette style!