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I have and itís so hard sometimes to stop the cycling thoughts. My doc put me on a low dose of Lexapro and it has helped me. I have set-up time to exercise and definitely unplug from my school laptop now.

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MightyTeach 12-15-2020 03:13 PM

I have and itís so hard sometimes to stop the cycling thoughts. My doc put me on a low dose of Lexapro and it has helped me. I have set-up time to exercise and definitely unplug from my school laptop now.

tryingtoteach 12-14-2020 11:22 PM

Yup. I have had those. Here is what I do:

1. Give myself a two-hour period technology-free. I turn off my phone.

2. I lie on my bed and let myself really feel all the negative feelings and notice them. I let myself cry if I need to.

3. I take deep breathes and do a body scan. There are great apps and youtube videos if you wish for someone to lead you.

4. Sometimes I feel so relaxed that I want to go to sleep, so I let myself take a nap if I have done steps 1-3. Sometimes I just stare at the ceiling and enjoy a quiet moment.

rosieteaches 12-12-2020 01:30 PM

My worst days were last spring when we were quarantined. I hated being so poorly prepared and I was poorly prepared everyday. My technology skills were sadly not up-do-date and parents were watching me make zillions of mistakes.

In the spring our day ended at 2:30, I turned off the computer and went for a walk. I needed to change the scenery. It was the only thing that kept me sane.

I still have anxious days, but much less so. One thing I have been forced to do is ask those with technology skills to help me when I get anxious. I really hate asking for help, but asking for help is the only way I can help quell that anxiety.

Best wishes.

MissESL 12-12-2020 05:21 AM

Shutting school off at 3 is the best one. We go from 730-12 with kids and have remote support hours from 1230-3. At 3, I put it away. Sometimes I fail at this (so much to do), but Iím learning to recognize the signs that Iíve had enough.

Then, I do other things. I bake cookies. Take a bath. Go for a walk. Take a drive. Clean one room in the house from top to bottom. Watch a movie. Sew something. Basically, I choose one activity that hard resets my brain, by giving my brain time to wind down from the stressors of the day.

This is 100% unscientific, but it works really well for me.

klarabelle 12-11-2020 09:12 PM

I have been having anxiety lately and taking extra Xanax. It helps calm me down.

TAOEP 12-11-2020 08:35 PM

Best thing for me is a long walk. Obviously that's not always possible, but it sure helps when I can do it.

Haley23 12-11-2020 05:47 PM

Yes, for sure! One thing that sometimes helps me with work related anxieties is to make a plan in my head for the "what ifs." What if my observation goes badly? My plan is to ask the P for specifics on what she's looking for and help with implementing them. Don't get defensive. Try to implement the changes and invite P back in to see if I'm on the right track. Knowing what I'll do if the "bad thing" that I'm worried about does happen helps me.

SDT 12-11-2020 03:52 PM

Thank you for asking this! I donít have anything that works for me, and I hate that youíve been feeling this way come right I hope so but Iím not the only one. Iíve been turning on an audiobook and cleaning or turning on an audiobook and snuggling on the couch. It makes things a little better. Gives my mind something to think about.

hikinghiker 12-11-2020 03:46 PM

I'm having one today. Actually, scratch that, I'm having an anxiety week.

I'm talking about those days where you feel like you're going to get fired, admin don't like you, you're not doing a good job teaching, and so on and so on. Things that likely aren't true, but intrusive thoughts say otherwise.

What's your go to for relaxing and calming your mind down? Normally I can logic my way out by asking myself what-if and so-what questions, but today that's not helping.

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