Handing Stress with Grace

Have you ever had one of the days when you feel like you can never catch up with all your responsibilities? No matter how hard you work, you are stuck two steps back. With each new moment, a new fire sparks to life and you alone must put it out. On top of all these challenges, you must have a smile on your face because EVERYONE is watching.

That was my day. From the moment I pulled out of my stone driveway and onto the bumpy, cemented main road, I felt behind. Far behind. I even woke up early, slept soundly, and had the entire week’s lesson plans written! (That never happens). I suppose today was just one of those days where I needed to learn how to cope with unexpected situations. Emphases on the pluralness (is that a word?) of situations.

Now that I am laying comfortably in my well cushioned bed, I am able to look back on the day and assess what I learned. How I handled various problems, and the attitude I displayed to my students while contemplating solutions. All my students knew things were going wrong, yet they stayed calm and quiet (whaaat? incredible!) while I tried to fix everything. They were wonderful and I am so proud of them!

I am also proud of myself because never once did I experience anxiety! Not even in the most stressful moment of the day did the crippling grip of anxiety wrap its cold fingers around my heart. I stayed positive, kept pushing onward, and most importantly, did not throw a pity party. I am learning that things rarely go as planned in a classroom, so I must learn to be flexible and stay calm when it all falls apart. I am finding that my best teaching moments are when something unexpected happens. I feel best about my teaching practices when I have to think quickly on my feet. I am so pleased that I did not have a bad day just because things were behind and broken. I am so happy that my mind is healing and I am back in control!

If you are in a dark place with your anxiety, just find one positive moment in each day and focus on it. Don’t loose hope because one day it WILL get better! You are strong and you will make it through!

12 thoughts on “Handing Stress with Grace

  1. It gives you such a boost doesn’t it, some days just kick us in the behind all day it seems. Now if I can I’ll give myself the time and go through it step by step I find that calms me and I can continue.

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  2. I truly don’t know how teachers do it. Especially with kids… Anxiety is certainly a tough illness but you seem to be healing slowly but surely.. Peace

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  3. I didn’t know you were a teacher; that’s great that you got through your anxiety. Thank you for your advice on staying positive and mentioning not to give up and that those of us who struggle with anxiety will get through it; I think that can be so hard to remember sometimes.

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  4. I’m so impressed that you got through the day without anxiety! My mom was a teacher, and had anxiety. I never understood how she got through her days sometimes. Yet no matter how bad a day she had, she loved her kids and her job, and bounced back quickly. I bet you’re making a real difference in your kids’ lives!

    Much admiration – Audrey

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  5. I am constantly looking for ways to better handle my stresses and anxieties. I find that a good way to handle this is to take your advice and always stay positive! Positive self-talk is one thing that helps me stay calm and collected. You may be interested in my site, it kind of has the same message as your site, try http://tbitriumphs.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/mindfulness/, or you may like http://tbitriumphs.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/why-worry/ . I really like the attitude that your posts project!

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