I presented a workshop on stress and anxiety to several groups this past week. With many participants randomly shouting out “Amen” throughout, I got the distinct impression people could relate to the content and examples outlined – especially when we discussed the topic of balance in our lives.
It’s an understatement to say we live in an overscheduled, task-oriented, box-checking society. And sadly, in our continual attempt to get everything done, we drive our stress levels through the roof. We also inadvertently pass on this stress, and messages about priorities, to our kids.
When working with students I often talk about the difference between the things we want vs. things we need. Sadly, I don’t teach enough through example. I justify my crazy workload by putting everything in the “I need to do this now” column. However, if I’m being honest with myself, I know many tasks could wait if I just gave myself better work/life boundaries.
Teachers, the flood gates are opening and your “to do” list is about to grow exponentially. Want to lower your stress level? Shift into a lower gear and prioritize. I hope you discover the over-rated nature of trying to get it all done at once. Instead, give yourself some grace. Do what you are able, when you are able, and then step away.