Sometimes we all just have to S.T.A.R.

May 17, 2014
Well guys, I'm sure it's evident from my lack of posts and comments on other people's blogs that I have been incredibly busy this week and last week!  Working two jobs will do that to you, and I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't overwhelmed.  Whenever I'm feeling this way, the cracks start to show...I'll walk into work with wet, unstyled hair, my manicure might be all chipped, my room starts to look like a tornado hit it, my gas tank is usually just about empty, my lunch consists of oddities because I haven't had time to go to the grocery store, and I'll have loads of laundry to catch up on so you may (on a rare occasion) even catch me wearing the same pants two days in a row.    

This time of the school year is hectic for most teachers because the kids tend to get a bit rowdy/over-excited as the year winds down.  There are also a lot of special events thrown into the mix that throw the normal schedule off, and of course, teachers are doing a ton of assessments at the end of the year so that they can get their final grades done.  I am trying to do all of these things as the student's long-term sub, and whew, it is a lot to take in and to try to get done.  I have also been told by many teachers that my class is particularly challenging.  They are, but this is good experience for me.  Also, since I have another job, I don't get a full weekend off to recuperate, but I try to do little things to throughout the day to try to make it a little better for myself, some of which include:

*Drinking a hot cup of tea:  Not only does this help relax me, but I am prone to laryngitis (because of teaching) and tea with honey always seems to help me out a bit.


*S.T.A.R.:  This was actually one of the strategies we learned in our teaching program for students who felt stressed.  It stands for Smile, Take a deep breath, and Relax.  When there was a surprise 45 minute assembly during the time I was supposed to administer a summative language arts assessment, I had to keep telling myself to S.T.A.R., and that I would just have to find a way in our jam-packed week to make it work.

*Listening to classical music:  This is not even a genre of music that I would typically pick to listen to, but on my half hour drive to the school I work for I couldn't bear to listen to those annoying commercials with men screaming about deals on furniture/cars, so I happened to stumble upon a radio station that played classical music and kept on listening to it.  I've heard before that classical music is recommended for those who need to de-stress, and it worked for me!

*Sitting in silence:  Face it, kids can be noisy...so having some silence can be such a relief!  I usually use this time to read.

*Getting a massage: Okay, this isn't always possible because this can get to be rather pricey, but when this is all over, I am booking myself an appointment.  A good massage always helps me feel so much more relaxed.

*Taking a walk outside: Since my jobs are both ones that require me to spend the majority of my day inside, it's nice to break it up and spend sometime outdoors.  Exercising also is a big stress-reliever!

*Reminding myself it won't always be like this: Yes, I'm overworked, but I know that I have a break coming soon!  I know that I'll be able to get through this.

*Taking a nap: I haven't had time to do this all week, but I finally have a little extra time today (hence this post!!), and I'm SO rewarding myself with a nice nap!

*Venting to a bestie:  Usually, I talk to someone else in education about the challenges I face.  Sometimes, it's just nice to get your frustrations out and to get some reassurance!

*Watching some Netflix: It's nice to turn my brain off and to escape with a movie or t.v. show.  Lately, I've been watching How I Met Your Mother, which always gives me a few laughs.

What works best for you when you're feeling overwhelmed?

8 comments on "Sometimes we all just have to S.T.A.R."
  1. I'm with you on the naps! :) Hope things get a little more even paced for you soon! :)

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    1. Thanks! That nap was delightful!! Kinda makes me want to take another one just thinking about it!

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  2. Cute pic lisa!! :) Love this post and the way you always keep it real :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha, that picture was from ages ago! I only posted it because I needed a picture and I was drinking tea. :)

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  3. All good ideas! I had a massage scheduled over the weekend but I ended up cancelling because I was too lazy to drive there. Talk about defeating the purpose!

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    1. That's funny!! I don't book massages that often because I always get them done in Columbus, which is an hour away. I don't know of any good places around me where I could book!

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  4. Great minds do think alike! I love that we both blogged about the same thing around the same time without knowing. :) I so needed to hear this one: "Reminding myself it won't always be like this." I need to add that to my list of stress relievers - maybe even hang it up somewhere as a reminder for tough times.

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