July 25, 2018: Tending to the Self

Sometimes on crazy days, I need to take a deep breath and have a moment. It can be in the beginning of the day, before work begins. You know you’re heading into unpredictable situations, so this time to meditate is needed.

You can take a moment during the work day. It’s good to step out for a few minutes for some ‘quiet time’, especially when you feel like you’re on the edge of hysterics during the day.

When it comes to a point where work related stress is at a breaking point, it’s okay to take a ‘mental health’ day. You need that time to regroup, refocus on what’s important in life.

There is always time to tend to tasks and work responsibilities. What’s most important is tending to the self.

April 28, 2018: Rainy Days and Sugar Lows

I had a very crazy afternoon at work, which Fridays always are. The children were extra loopy due to the rainy day, and my blood sugar kept going low, despite me having glucose tablets to bring it back. During my break I usually eat then write up the classroom highlights sheet to post at the front of my door, with pictures on display. It’s a lot to do in 60 minutes, but when I’m feeling normal I get it done. Yesterday however, the only energy I had was to eat, then write up the highlight sheet. I couldn’t get the photos done, so I emailed then to management to have them (hopefully) printed, so I can post them in the afternoon. Unfortunately it never got done, so I’ll need to post them on Monday morning. Rainy days and sugar lows at work make things very complicated.

During my break I spoke to Andy about my crazy morning, while writing my classroom highlight sheet. He’s a great listener during these times. When I was done, he shared good news with me: our outing we’ve been planning for June went through. It’s going to be exciting to spend a few days away from work. Hopefully my left wrist will feel much better by then also. I enjoy working with my group at work, but time for myself is surely needed.