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Deep Breath, I'll Survive: Tips to Relieve Stress

I should have known when my devotional started "Trust me in the midst of a messy day... your peace in My presence-- need not be shaken by what is going on around you." (Jesus Calling--August 26) that the beginning of school was going to eat my lunch. Honestly, the last two weeks have been a blur and my stress level has been THROUGH THE ROOF. The start of this year has really tested my resolve, my dependence and my passion, but I think it is safe to say now that I have overcome the first wave of these battles. I made a promise to myself before school started during inservice week (which should have given me a clue) that "I REFUSE TO BE STRESSED" and like most over arching statements we make God sure does have a way of testing them. 

NOW Essential Oils, May Designs Planner, Jesus Calling Devotional 

1. Essential Oils: I am not a crazy naturalist nor am I claiming to be, but essential oils have really made a difference in my life. My three go-to oils right now are peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender. I rub the peppermint on my temples and under my nose for help with my tension head aches (I have one bottle at home and one at school). The eucalyptus was a major factor in helping me fight off a sinus infection (Reese likes it too, he says is makes him feel like a Kola bear, he's the cutest) and the lavender oil has been a life saver when it comes being able to fall asleep. 

2. An Organized Work Space: The last two years I have been teaching, I will admit, have not been a model of organization. This year I have made a commitment to myself to take the time to be more organized. I have promised myself to leave each day with a clear/clean desk. This simple promise has made such a different in managing my classroom and my to-do list. 

3. May Design Planner/ Sharpie Pen: EVERY time I open my email I have another meeting or another set of paper work due (that may be a little dramatic, not every time, possibly every other time). I have LOVED being able to have everything in one cute little monogramed place written with the best pen known to man. Also if you tell me that sharpie pens and monogrammed planers don't relieve stress... you are wrong.  

4. Jesus Calling Devotional: Hands down this is the most encouraging, convicting, uplifting devotional I have ever read. Basically each day that I read the more I glean and the more I depend on MY GOD to take my worries, strife and stress and turn it into his will! I keep it on my desk at school and read every morning as my coffee is brewing and my dinosaur computer is booting up! 

5.  Workout: I have a confession. I "accidentally" took a two month break from working out. Luckily I had some major accountability in Reese and my workout partner, so I am back at the gym. Despite the fact that I have not been able to move the last three weeks I have been reminded what a stress reliever working out is. 

6. Making my Bed: I have never been a bed maker. I really didn't ever see the point-- you're just going to get back into it at the end of the day, right? I have made every effort, no matter how late I am running, to make my bed every morning. I LOVE the feeling of coming home to a bed that is made. If I would have known what a difference it would make to my stress level I would have started doing it a LONG time ago.  

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Jess said...

Numbers 2-6 remind me why we are blog besties.
With that being said, I need to go to the store NOW and buy #1.
Because I know I will love.

Breathe in, breathe out.
Drink a PSL in my honor soon.


Unknown said...

I need to buy myself some peppermint oil. I am getting stress headaches daily, its been horrible!
Working out helps me sooo much. I get home from the gym or zumba and I feel like I can conquer the world again! :D

Hope you have a great week!

Meg O. said...

I need to get my booty in gear again and start my running again! I am stressed beyond belief!

Bri Buzali said...

I love Jesus Calling, best way to start/end the day!

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

stressed mcgee over here, teach me your workout ways. Or teach me how to not cry when I pay the workout bill.

Also, sharpie pen. I have a love affair with mine.

Darby Hawley said...

the first couple weeks are such a challenge but I like the promise you've got to yourself. Hang in there girl; I'm praying for you!

Brittany said...

Hello soul sister. Why don't people believe me when i say the quickest way for me to feel 1000x better about my life is to make my bed?!?!

Heidi said...

I strongly believe that making my bed everyday makes me happier. Also working out is such a great form of stress relief! Hope your days and weeks get easier. :)

Ashley Robyn said...

The first 3 weeks of school are always a test of a teachers sanity. I feel like I am just now officially over that hump and enjoying the days with my kids. I hope you've put these things to good use and if all else fails I am pretty sure a date night with the girls can fix any extra stress. Surely. Have a great, quick, stress-free week friend.

Kati - Incorporating Color said...

YES to organized desks this year. I've been successful so far, so five and a half weeks in is pretty okay for that! I have never tried essential oils, but I'm definitely a fan of sweating for stress relief. Major help. And Jesus. Jesus is probably the most important. ;)

Amber said...

I want to check out these essential oils, especially lavender. I have the hardest time falling asleep!

LOVE my May Designs planner. So cute and fun.

Amy G said...

I am a stress freak as if I managed to get stressed out so easily! I wish I wasn't that way. I do think I need to try out some of your methods though. Essential oils sound amazing. I have stress relief bath salts I love, but that requires taking a bath which I don't always have time for! Oh and I completely agree with working out. It helps calm me down so much!