For the last few days, I've been feverish. About 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Nothing serious.
I'm just not feeling my best. Maybe it's cabin fever since I've been stuck here with all my papers to grade and my final marks to compute. (Every mark represents a student. If they don't pass my course, they may not be able to graduate when they expect. So it's not just numbers, I'm playing with people lives and it's stressful, trust me.)
I've been here for four days straight. Other than a 7 a.m. dentist appointment Wednesday morning, which wasn't exactly a "ringy" dingy time, I haven't felt well enough to run over to my community centre gym to work out. Not once. And I not only feel guilty about that, I feel sluggish. On top of feeling stressed out.
So, in Part Three of our series on How to handle holiday stress – a short post because I'm not feeling up to scratch and still marking papers – I want to remind you to take care of yourself during the holidays.
It's easy to get run down and to forgo sleep. Don't. You'll enjoy your merrymaking more when you're well rested, so click here for some helpful tips. Understand sleep and why it's so crucial to your overall mental health and well-being. When you're well rested, you make wiser decisions and you tend to be in a healthier mood. So, make an effort to sleep and recharge. Here are some more tips for a Good Night's Sleep.
Stress doesn't help and there are stresses we haven't yet touched on, like the stress of family gatherings during the holidays and how all those "old records" always seem to play when you're back in the family fold, with sisters and brothers, in-laws, and all their progeny. Big gatherings. It's so easy to fall into old patterns of behaviour. Sibling rivalries sometimes flair.
We'll tackle that one next week.
Now, I'm going back to my marking. I'm putting the holidays on hold until all this work is behind me. My deadline is looming.
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Just a quick reminder... please send in your memories, comments and concerns.
Share with us.
Perhaps this Christmas is going to be especially difficult because you've lost someone you love during the last year. Share your thoughts here.
Perhaps you have some special tips for lessening your feelings of harassment during the final days before Christmas.
Perhaps the let-down following Christmas is particularly challenging for you.
Share those feelings. Chances are, if you feel them, lots of us feel them.
Here is the place to let it all hang out.
I'm not taking any time off. I'll be here. So talk to me – to us. To the whole community.
We're listening. We can help each other. That's why Coming Out Crazy exists. To be here for you.
And sleep tight!