Monday is as Monday does!

Yep, we have arrived at Monday.  I have discovered that Mondays come with their own unique set of issues.  One that I discovered today, language.  My seniors were finishing up their presentations.  Friday they had amazing presentations, great speech patterns, despite being nervous, and no language slippage.  Today…well let’s just say I had some great presentations that received poor marks due to poor speaking, inappropriate language, and slang!!!! Yes, slang in a formal presentation and project.  *sigh*

I know that the world is different for those who are younger, I teach high school and have for many, many years.  However, I also believe that if you are given a set of instructions, time to work in the classroom where questions can be answered by both the facilitator and those working around you, you should be able to create something according to those directions. Maybe I am just out of touch, but last time I checked, if I am asked to do something a specific way and I don’t, there are consequences.

After several false starts today, my students finally realized I was going to make them do their presentation until they met the guidelines, or they were taking a loss in points.  Most opted to re-do their presentations.  Some however, were content to just take a loss in points.  The understanding of why putting the work in to do something right, simply didn’t compute for them.

I ended up having to put a happy blend into the diffuser for my own soul.  In addition, I took several small trips to the outside so that I could let go of the frustration.  I took in the cool, crisp air and let go of the feelings building inside.  I have to realize I have done what I can, and continue to offer them the chance to grow and learn.  If they choose not to take the chance given, there is not much I can do about it.  Thank goodness I have a great green space right outside of my classroom door.  I can ground, center and come back in ready to tackle the next thing.

This weekend I accomplished nothing and it felt wonderful.  Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a new start.  I am going to stay the positive route, keep my mind and body moving forward and find some new blends and mixes for the diffuser.  Lavender and immune are still going at home as hubby still isn’t well, but I will be back soon with something new!

Today’s Tarot: Eight of Pentacles – Slow, steady work…labor intensive but commit with a sincere effort.

Anticipation and Anxiety

Oh yes, the two of them go hand in hand, especially when the wait is prolonged or we want something badly.  One of the things that I am working on now, within my own path and my own life, is controlling the anxiety that goes with the anticipation.  

Anxiety can be crippling.  It can cause heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, headaches…all of which can be dealt with fairly easy.  However, it can also cause complete shut down for some.  The fear of not knowing, literally paralyzes them.  Keeps them indoors, creates scenarios that they can’t deal with.  

There are things that can be done to mitigate some of the crippling anxiety that happens. Deep breathing, slow inhales and exhales, that bring a sense of calm to you.  You can take it further and do a full grounding.  Grounding is giving yourself a connection to the earth, in Wicca/Pagan practices it is a connection with Mother Earth.  You give her your anxiety and she gives you back peace.  When you have this sense of calm within from your deep breathing, feel your feet push the energy into the ground (grounding used to be called earthing), and let go, feel the earth push back the peace and calm.

You can also meditate, if you have some more time.  Take a few minutes, put on soothing music, or find a YouTube or amazon meditation channel, spend some time within yourself, finding the peace that lies at the center.  Meditation is good for everyone at some point, but during a high anxiety time it is one of the best ways to resettle yourself.

Scents also work well.  Candles or diffusers that have a lavender scent to them will help your nerves. As will Vetiver (placed on a cotton ball and applied to your pulse points).  Other scents that work well in a diffuser are Bergamot, Chamomile and Frankincense. All of these are going to help with anxiety and to calm your nerves.

What do you do to help your anxiety when you are nervous or anticipating something?