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.
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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.