Can I Really Handle This?
It's incredibly stressful to come back to school after the Winter Break. We've gotten blissfully used to 2 weeks of freedom, fun and relative low stress, and then BAM all the frenzy of teaching slams us. But luckily we're in it together. I had the best talk with a couple other staff this morning. Our school nurse was really honest and said, "I feel a lot of anxiety. I'm out of my routine and it's tough to manage all the things coming at me!" We agreed that once we're back in our routine, we can handle whatever comes our way, but right after a vacation, wow, it's hard!
Getting real with my colleagues totally shifted my perspective. It's so easy to feel like we're the only ones struggling, but nothing could be further from the truth! Once the 3 of us talked this morning, I felt so much better. Like I was part of a team, and everyone was in it together.
Good luck this week! Ryan
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