A quick post tonight. Lots going on and not much to share at the moment – still processing.
Last week, I went back to school for the first time in over 10 years. It’s part of my graduate school application to help me and the admissions board decide if I should be accepted into the program this fall.
I have 5 more classes to sit in on over the next two weeks. During the first class, I stayed mostly clearheaded and did not get overwhelmed. But I did react to the loud noise/talking when students finished their work early and waited for the rest to finish. Also, I discovered that I have to move around in my seat, sitting still in a classroom made my body hurt. Finally, I have to be wary of my hyper-vigilance and try to relax instead.
The day after I sat in on a class, I experienced some confusion during reflection time. The confusion led to anxiety because I wasn’t sure I had the coping tools available to help with these “new” experiences. A call to the hotline and a conversation with the counselor helped me realize I had plenty of applicable coping strategies and techniques in my toolbox. I just had to figure out which ones worked or didn’t work and how to apply them in this new setting.
My list so far:
- acupressure for pain management
- water or a drink for grounding
- bracelet to play with
- deep breathing or “tree” exercise in my chair
- Chocolate or something similar for taste grounding
- magic bag??
- extra battery/charger for my phone
What is on your list?
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