This week I have been trying to wake up a few minutes early to ensure I am to work on time. We’ve started a new program at school called “Breakfast in the Classroom” where all students and teachers get a breakfast meal that is consumed together in class. I actually do not have a homeroom class so I’ve just been monitoring in the hallway to make sure things are running smoothly. I have chosen to forego the breakfast offerings after seeing the cherry pastries and granola bars and yogurt cups that the students have been given. Today it was a pancake wrapped sausage on a stick. Luckily, I ate prior to “Breakfast in the Classroom.”
I topped a cup of plain greek yogurt with a 1/2 c. blueberries, a drizzle of maple syrup, a spoonful of almond butter, and an oatmeal chocolate chip muffin was mixed in.
Instead of the usual Chai, I went with Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Tea. I don’t care for the flavor that much, but was hoping for some stress relief (which hot tea usually has that effect on me anyway). The past couple of days I have been feeling some tension or stress pains in my chest. It feels like tightening or pressure near my heart. I think it could be due to my students’ standardized testing coming up and I am overly-anxious to get it done with.
On my way to lunch just before noon, I was stopped by two coworkers who wanted to know if I had begun to plan for a parent event we have yearly at school. I went on to explain that my heart is feeling tightness and stressed and I just had not gotten to it yet. One of the ladies asked, “Did you take a you day?” My response was no as I don’t generally take off just because I need a break. But I do like the sound of a “you day” or “me day” for that matter!
I then proceeded to the lounge to eat my scrumptious salad composed of spring mix, romas, pecans, reduced fat feta, blueberries, a few chicken chunks left from Sunday’s grilled chicken, topped with a tbsp. of olive oil, and 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar. I enjoyed a banana on side.
Today I made it to the gym to get in some strength training and cardio. I started with 10 minutes on the stair climber, followed by 30 minutes of weights, and finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical.
After my workout I followed my Mom to her house to pick up some roast that she cooked in the slow-cooker last night. It was a great help because I wasn’t left struggling with “what’s for dinner” tonight. I ate the roast on a sandwich thin with lowfat mayo, a reduced fat slice of swiss, and tomato slices. I added some steamed snap beans for some greenery and veggies.
I decided I would try a few sips of a white wine I was given for Christmas to try and take the edge off. I rarely drink alcohol and just can’t seem to acquire a taste for it.
Do you have any tips to relieve tension/stress?