Do You Have Diddly-Squat Excitement for the New School Year?
Many of the teachers who are my friends, the one's I coach, and those in contact via social media have expressed a little less than excited feeling about returning to the classroom.
The familiar feeling of happy anticipation of the new school year when the air gets cooler, the light changes, and Target puts spiral notebooks on sale is missing this year.
We all thought we had this summer to relax, reset and recoup. We each tried to put last year out of our minds in our way. In the typical past, this was enough to charge our batteries for the new school year.
I am preaching to the choir when I state last year was anything but typical—for many, if not most, the 2020-2021 school year created anxiety, stress, and trauma.
I do not believe that the upcoming school year will be anything but typical. A new type of year does not have to be wrong, especially if one accepts where they are without judgment and criticism.
We can have both thoughts and feelings that I love what I do, and I am not excited about getting back to school.
The thoughts that lead to stress, unhappiness, anxiety from the world's noise or my head come out of nowhere. The ideas or story creates sensations in the form of feelings and emotions. These feelings then fuel our following actions.
Without judgment, my actions are way too much Netflix, brown boxes at the door, and the COVID ten-pound weight gain.
These thoughts, feelings, and actions stem from resistance to "what is," such as a situation, work, or person. My "upset" is like me drinking poison hoping they will die. The extra cortisol in our bodies from these feelings destroys our mental and physical health.
There is a simple and not always easy solution to heal, reverse trauma, and feel better by looking at and doing a Thought, Feel, Do cycle.
I have included a worksheet that I and others use to start the day or restart the day by putting our thoughts on paper. Our brain is never misbehaving and trying to keep us safe by throwing out some pretty wild ideas.
Once on paper, one can see if this thought is the truth, a fact, an opinion, or a story. Based on what the thought is, there will be emotions that are aligned. Thinking that does not serve us will birth difficult emotions. Difficult emotions drive actions that may not help us. Every human being with a brain does this cycle.
I start my day by journaling my thoughts and emotions. With no judgment, I then decide if what it might look like if I want to think and feel different.
If you're not stoked, or excited about the new year, accept where you are, without any judgment, and know that you will not feel this way forever.
Download a thoughts worksheet I created for you to journal your thoughts, set daily goals and daily to-dos.
Also, to help with doing a think, feel, do cycle, I am offering a complimentary call to any teacher. Feel free to hit reply to set this up or click here to schedule a call.
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