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Mindfulness strategies to help with being overwhelmed and burned out.

STRATEGIES TO COMBAT OVERWHLEM AND STRESS


Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, burned out from teaching or from assignments? Here's a few things you can do to help you become more present:






This will remind you that life can be fun and there is always another way to look at things.

1. Identifying using your senses when overwhlemed


Look around the room and say out loud things you see and then things you hear. Go through and say them 5 at a time. E.g. TV, couch, birds, cars...

This helps your mind remember where you are.






2. Accomplishment Reflection when stressed


Write down all the triumphs you have had this year. E.g. Learned to plant veggies, cut my own hair, make pizza base dough

This will help you see the resourceful and resilient person you are.


This will help you see the resourceful and resilient person you are.




3. Boundary Circle to support your feelings


Draw a circle and write all the things you hold dear in the middle and then all the things that can no longer hurt you on the outside.

This will help remind you of your strength and all the things you bravely push away to live your best life.






4. Rewarding your senses for appreciation


Reward your senses with the purity of nature. Listen to waves, listen to fire crackling, watch a sunrise, smell plants and damp leaves on a trail/bush walk, watch the common sparrows and thrushes forage, focus on the feeling of the cold and softness of grass on different parts of your feet, notice the colours of leaves/bark/bugs/clouds

This will allow you to see the simple beauty that we often ignore.






5. Look from a different perspective


Go for a walk and on your walk make an effort to try and spent most of the time looking at a different eye level whether it is completely up at the sky or at your feet or over your shoulder and remember what it is like to be a child and play/entertain yourself while doing normal things. Be inquisitive.

This will remind you that life can be fun and there is always another way to look at things.



All the best and if you have any ideas to help others, do share them. We can all learn from each other.



There is always someone out there willing to listen, so keep seeking support until you find that person. I like to think that with how ever many people are in this world, there's got to be at least one that understands.

You are never alone.




If you'd like support with time management, mindfulness practices, learning through expression, and online tuition. I am here to help!


Time, Experience, Manaakitanga.

Tovah O'Neill


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