June 25th- lots of stuff going on today

There are a lot of things I wanted to blog about today. They are all steps in me finding the way to de-stressing, some I am borrowing from Cerra Advocates (great place, can’t point you there, enough!) and others I am incorporating into my entry because they are grounding.

So, let’s start with Day 2 of the Grounded series of e-mails at Cerra Advocates. The key to today’s exercises are finding the thoughts that help you feel grounded (ie, peaceful, confident). The blog states that this is a different thing for different people. For some it’s a place, for others it’s a person. For some its a memory, for others it’s an activity.

A) What makes you feel grounded? Reading a book with no distractions, curled up in my favorite chair with a cup of hot tea (Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings being my favorite) or home made hot chocolate (that’s more really warm than actually hot and has a healthy dash of peppermint syrup in it).  I’m complicated, I know.

B) Close your eyes and breathe slowly for three minutes, imagine yourself in the setting you chose for your grounded space.

C) Art Journal Entry for today– illustrate what makes you feel grounded. See how many senses you can wrap into your entry today so that whoever sees it (whether it is just you or if you actually show your journal to anyone) is transported into your grounded space.

Something else that makes me feel more in control of things is organizing my schedules. Today, I have finished my grocery shopping and couponing, (saved almost $92 today!) and planned my menus for the week. I was lucky enough a few years ago that during my “welcome to teaching” seminar for Chatham County, the put us through a full day training with Weber Associates for Time Management. I highly recommend that, too, btw. We received binders and all of the fillers, which was AWESOME! You can even buy the refills for a decent price, if you compare it to a similar set (or collection of sets) at the local office supply store. I have combined this with my control journal from Flylady.net (I’m debating buying her inserts to add to these, you know, some day when I can afford to buy them all!) and have turned my 1 to 31’s into my daily routine checklists (that’s what a to do list is, right?). Filling these out for the week really helps me get an idea of what my week will be like so I can make appointments and stay on schedule.

That probably doesn’t sound very de-stressed to you, but I’m a typical A-personality,J on the Meyer’s Briggs Scale. I’m only happy when I’ve thoroughly planned everything. Makes me a good teacher, too, so who am I to complain? 😉

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