Hello? Is anyone still around? Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be either considering that I haven’t touched my blog in, um, THREE YEARS. But, here I am. I’m sure I’ll have time to catch you up on what’s new with me…BUT, for now, I’m checking out the prompts put out by the good folks over at the BlogHer Writing Lab and trying to follow along in hopes of getting my groove back. We’ll see.
NaBloPoMo2016 Day 1: When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do with yourself?
The short answer is sleep. There’s an Ingrid Michaelson song I love called, “Keep Breathing.” In the song there’s a line – “I want to change the world, but instead, I sleep.” This is totally me. When I’m really overwhelmed; really, really overwhelmed, sleep is my refuge. It’s safe. It gives my brain a break from all the over thinking that I’m usually busy doing. I know it drives my husband crazy cause it looks and feels a little escapist. But, it works for me.
The longer, and more socially-accepted list includes the “regulars:”
bitching to chatting with friends, debriefing with my hubby, working out (this actually does keep me from acting on secret thoughts of punching people in the face), writing out the issue and brainstorming the elements related to/complicating the issue, hugging my furry and feathered friends, cooking, hugging, wine/alcohol (responsibly, of course), reading, and vegging out on my beloved iphone. I guess I never thought about the many ways I help myself in times of stress. I wonder what would happen if I started teaching my students some of these HEALTHY coping strategies. I know they are not all model behaviors, but if it takes me all of these (and sometimes more), what are our young people to do when they don’t have as many “tools” for dealing with emotions.
Sounds like a pitch for social emotional learning, huh? It wasn’t the intended outcome, although I will say, it’s a welcome realization.
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