I don’t know about you, but the beginning of this school year is kicking my tired butt! I have never had so many long meetings, IEPS, and observations, in my professional life. Like I often remind my students, sometimes we need to stop and catch our breath when we are feeling out of control. I started to think about all the social emotional learning tools that I teach my students to use when they are feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. Why not apply them to my own life?
In social language terminology, I am taking my emotionally disregulated, yellow zone self back to the green zone this weekend. I will identify the size of my (perceived) problems and try to respond in a way that matches them accordingly. I am going to use my social smarts and a five point scale to find my way back to a happy medium, my own personal reset button. The paperwork and meetings aren’t going to disappear, I know they will be there to greet me on Monday morning. However, fresh mountain air and no internet connection are the tools that I am choosing from my coping skills toolbox this weekend.
Do yourself a favor and put down the IEPs, the medicaid billing and the lesson plans, just for a few hours this weekend. Go for a walk, play with your own kids, wonder at the beauty of early Fall where ever you are and just breathe.