Monday, September 3, 2012

Therapeutic Tuesday

study{I spent my Saturday morning tackling a few assignments}

Good morning, girls! After a weekend filled with assignments and an overwhelming Monday, I wanted to share with you today a few of the ways that I relax when life starts to get hectic. As the semester starts to pick up and more “to-dos” are added to my planner daily, I wanted to write this as a little reminder to myself to slow down sometimes. Here are a few ways I do that...
I write in my journal. I’ve kept a journal consistently for the past three years and I treasure them. It’s my place to freely write anything and everything. I write lists, quotes, prayers, stories, and so much more. I can write without the hindrance of knowing that somebody will read my thoughts.
 {How cute is my mom?! And yes I know how much I favor her... :) }
I call my mom. I talk to my mom everyday, but there is something calming about talking to her when I’m overwhelmed. She always knows just what to say.
I read teacher blogs. I know this sounds crazy, so let me explain! As a future teacher, I love seeing what teachers are doing in their classrooms and teacher blogs provide bucket loads of inspiration and creativity. When I’m overwhelmed by school work, it helps for me to look through teacher blogs to remind myself what I’m working toward.


I drink hot tea. There's something calming about having a warm cup of tea in my hands.
I go out by myself. Usually, I end up at Starbucks where I order a white mocha americano. While I’m there I like to watch as all sorts of people come and go. I love hearing the variety of drinks ordered and the banter of the baristas while they work.
{Friday night}
I go out with friends for frozen yogurt. There’s a local shop near campus that I visit every single week. We went Friday and Saturday night this past weekend. It’s just so good.
I quote scripture out loud. It calms my heart when I speak truth over my anxious or overwhelmed heart…”when I’m overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” {Psalm 62:1}
Like many others, I listen to music. I especially love Brooke Fraser and Ben Howard. Also, I’m loving Noah Gundersen. I don’t even know how to describe his music because it’s that good. The video below is of him and his family and I encourage you to listen to it…


Miss Rachael said...

Super cute. Your mum that is. :) You two look so alike!
I love teacher blogs too! :) Hey, maybe we should start one together... for teachers-to-be! Maybe?
Brooke Fraser represent! :) Love it.
Have an awesome Tuesday - xo

Natalie said...

Awesome Ideas! I'd add naps to this list and pinterest =)

Sippy Cups and Pearls said...

I'm pretty sure we would be REALLY good friends if we lived close by - I just read all those things you listed and I kept saying "me too!" hahaha (except I'm not a future classroom teacher, I want to homeschool instead...) I think it's so awesome that you've written in a journal THAT long! and there's something about my mama that I just love - how she just calms everything down. I hope I'm like that with my sweet kiddos and they always want mama. and strangely, I enjoy alone time. Starbucks (or the local coffee shop) is my best friend when I get that alone time.
And quoting scripture outloud - I do it every week! it's great to speak positive Word over your life. Words are powerful! good post! happy tuesday!

Kaitlin said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this Samantha! I'm going to bookmark this post so I can re-read it when I finally get to school. I'm the same with my mom - when things get stressful, I have to call her. I talk to her at least once a day, and I text her often (is that weird?)
I like the idea of looking at teacher blogs - it reminds you of why you're doing all of this hard work! Keep your eyes on Jesus & His plans for you!!

Erin Marie said...

ditto to all these things! i need to remind myself a lot where i am headed so i don't get caught up in what i'm doing temporarily, especially if it seems mundane, hard, or pointless. our purpose is so much greater than that.

Megan said...

I love reading teacher blogs. I love getting ideas from people who are so much more creative than me. Frozen yogurt is also very therapeutic for me!

hannah love said...

i like #7!

courtney said...

so much power in quoting scripture out loud. also, ive never had a starbucks white mocha americano, but youve perked my interest!

Robin said...

Excellent ways to destress after a tough week. Ben Howard is definitely on my list of calming music! & keeping a journal is a great idea as well!

Ariel said...

Quoting scripture out loud really does change things! Such a lovely post :) Thank you for sharing!!!

The Management said...

my university way up here in Canada had the exact same "used saves" stickers on all the used textbooks in the bookstore. you just brought back some memories!

Jen said...

Thanks for the comment. I always get a little nervous when I let the world see something so dear to my heart. But I tell ya, you gotta do what God tells you too.

I loved this post. I so know the feeling of overwhelmed. Teaching and doing my masters. AHH! I just tell myself to take one day at a time. If I think about EVERYTHING that has to get done I will melt into pieces.


Caitlin said...

I'm so happy that you're reading my blog and following along! I wasn't even sure if my parents read it, let alone anyone else, haha. I read the interview with your friend in Bolivia. So wonderful that it all got started when she went to Honduras!!

Ameera (أميرة) said...

These are such great ideas! I can't do all of these things but there are plenty of great options on this list :)

Holly said...

I totally do your #5 too, though not often enough, sadly. :(

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