Too Busy Drowning To Learn To Swim
I just read a quote, “I’m too busy drowning to learn to swim,” in a teaching post. This quote disturbs me that teachers are feeling so overwhelmed and drowning from the workload that they can’t save themselves.
Do you ever feel that way in everyday life, even if you aren’t a teacher? Do you feel like you are too busy drowning in the mire of life? How can you help yourself undo that feeling and gain strength in the lessons of learning to swim and keep your head above the water line?
Find that place that you can escape to, whether it be your bedroom, the backyard, a walk along the beach, etc… that gives you some alone time. Release and let go of all worries and just allow the silence to cleanse your body of its anxiety and stress.
Do you have to do everything by yourself? It might be time to figure out a way to delegate some of your responsibilities to others. If you are a teacher, there are other ways to get grades from the students without having to grade every assignment — leaving you more time for planning. Let family members help out more and do not stress if it is not done to perfection as you would have done. I had to learn that lesson a long time ago. I AM NOT SUPERWOMAN! Tough thing to admit, but so necessary.
It is so difficult to always want to do for others, as we see a need and sometimes create a need that they need us. But, as you spend some time in silence, you must also give back to yourself in those small, special ways. Grab a lunch out with a girlfriend and just enjoy the company. Do not feel guilty about leaving family members behind. Give to yourself the luxury of a nap or a bubble bath. There is no wrong in doing this. Also, give to yourself the company of yourself, alone, for moments in a day.
Spend some quality time with your own self exercising and getting those stress kinks out. Whether you choose the gentler route of yoga and stretching or you choose a high-impact workout, find the time to exercise your body. You will feel better, you will look more refreshed, and your energy will begin to rise and your mood will improve.
Stop drowning under demands of the day, a lot of time due to our own choices, but learn to swim not only to keep your head above water, but on top of the water. Life will be an easier path to follow when gliding along the top instead of floundering below the surface.