As I mentioned yesterday, I am going to make a conscious effort to do more things I perceive will be helpful in reducing the stress that is kind of dominating my life right now. I have thought of a few more things to add to my list of tactics and strategies to lower the amount of general anxiety I have been feeling lately. Check out yesterday’s post for the first five points of my list!
6) Stretch! I have been completely ignoring this part of my workout that is perhaps the most therapeutic and relaxing. Stretching just feels so darn good, and sinking into deep poses is a perfect time to kind of zone out and be mellow! It only takes a few minutes a day, and given the minimal amount of time it takes, it is kind of pathetic that I have been skipping it lately.
7) Stop multi-tasking. Multi-tasking in general is not a bad thing; however, I find myself so caught up in doing a million things at once, that I can no longer fully concentrate on any of the tasks at hand! For example, in efforts to keep up with my favorite shows, I often correct student papers and watch tv at the same time, or read/write blogs while viewing a program. I end up pausing the show to pay attention to a student’s work anyway, so why bother having the telly on at all? Full focus and concentration on one task may be a better strategy in cases like this!
8) Don’t overthink situations before they happen. I am one who tends to ruminate over what might, could, or will occur before the event even takes place.
A perfect example is in my teaching– I am always prepared for the day regarding each and every one of my classes. However, before the class even begins, I am already playing out scenarios in my head for what could disrupt my lesson or class, which obviously increases anxiety. I wonder what I would do if this happens (like no chalk in the classroom) or if that happens (students don’t finish the test on time), and usually none of the things I worry about ever happen, and if they do, it’s never a big deal! Being a planner is one thing, and I believe it is a very admirable quality at that. However, my tendency to over-plan might be taking things a bit too far. If I start to stress over situations beyond my control, I must take a deep breath and just let it go!
Honestly, I already feel better having typed out my goals for stress reduction. Yesterday, I met one of them by making a triumphant return to the gym after school. I ran for six miles, and walked for a few more, and even lifted weights for my legs! And I felt accomplished and fantastic afterwards. It was the perfect stress relief to gear myself for my school open house held later last night!
Are your working on any stress-reduction goals for yourself? If so, please share!