Okay, I'll spare you more details about how stressful the beginning of the school year is, and I'll instead focus on strategies for overcoming stress.
I know, I know. I've talked a lot about this issue here and here (and some other places that I can't locate right now).
I'm talking about it again because it's not something you can simply achieve and then move on. De-stressing yourself is a constant process and commitment.
Fortunately, I have been doing an excellent job of de-stressing through running (four times a week for 30 minutes!) and yoga (5-15 minutes about three times a week). I've also been consciously trying to increase my water intake (it's hard to go to the bathroom when you teach 21 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders!). Matt and I have also been getting about 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Finally, I enrolled in a Spanish class to feed my need to learn new things.
But now I need to resume my hobbies. I am seriously working all the time. I wake up at 5:30am and am ready by 6:00. I work on my computer until 6:45. Then I go to school and work for another 45 minutes before the kids arrive. School is over at 3:30, but I usually don't get home until 5pm. Then I try to do yoga and study Spanish. When Matt gets home, we cook or eat out. From 8:00-9:30, I work some more before it's time for bed.
No time for hobbies!
So, my de-stressing goal for the week is to pursue one of my hobbies: Sewing!
I think I'm going to try and make this shirt.
Wish me luck!