I teach for a living and I love my job, but teaching is stressful. There are some many things that need to done on a daily basis like copying papers, grading assignments, and filling out paperwork, that it can easily feel overwhelming at times. Teaching is not unique in this way, It is just like any other job someone might have, there is so much we HAVE to do and so many demands on us to get everything done that we can not help but get stressed out about it. Throw in the responsibilities we all have outside of the workplace and it gets even worse. We wake up in the morning sometimes with our only goal being to get through everything that has to be done for the day, to cross off everything one our “to do” list so to speak. When we start focusing on everything we HAVE to do, we don’t feel like we are in control and that is where stress comes from. Stress is really just the feeling that we are not in control.
This is why I feel everyone should regularly make time to go create something. When you are creating something you get that sense of control back because you are in charge of what you’re making. You get this amazing feel of accomplishment when you create something out of nothing, or when you take something old and create something new out of it. Your confidence goes up, you feel better, and your stress starts to disappear. The great thing is you get this feeling even if what you created is nothing spectacular. You do not have to be Rembrandt, Martha Stewart, Ernest Hemingway or any great master, you just need to go make something. Take a half hour or even just fifteen minutes and draw a picture, write a poem, take a photo, cook a dish, start a blog, create a lesson plan, compose a melody, design an outfit, or do ANYTHING creative. Go create anything YOU want and do it because YOU want to and it will make you feel great.
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