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My blogger buddies and I put together a little “Happy” musical treat for you to enjoy!! I am so grateful for all the SLP’s in my life that contribute to this great field. Check out our little video debut!!
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and it is also known as “Stressed out SLP”. I asked my fellow followers on facebook to share their biggest “stresses” with the job of being an SLP and MOST felt that paperwork, scheduling and holding high volumes of IEP’s, progress monitoring and conducting therapy on top of all the extra job responsibilities would make any cheerful SLP want to crawl under a blanket and HIDE!
Common external factors for stress include major life changes, work or school, financial problems, being too busy, relationship difficulties and running a home with children and family. Internal factors for stress include, chronic worry, pessimism, negative self-talk, rigid thinking, unrealistic expectations or perfectionism, or all-or-nothing attitude.
I took some time this year to reflect on the BIG stresses in my life and made an action plan for how I was going to manage the stress until the end of the school year. I know that MUCH of my stress were external factors that were out of my control and I needed to find a better way to survive. When I looked at the list of symptoms, I as exhibiting some insomnia, memory issues, mild depression and physical body aches and pains. When you are in the thick of STRESS it is REALLY tough to make the necessary changes needed to be happier and healthier. Here’s what was recommended and what worked for me:
- Advocate for your needs. Let your employer know that you are overwhelmed and need assistance. Acting as if you can complete all the job tasks in a reasonable work day only makes administration think YOU can do the job successfully.
- Exercise at least 3 times a week. This has helped me release my stress and manage my weight and eating better. I do a group fitness training in the wee early hours and then I hit up a Zumba or Pilates class during the week. I have more energy for my job and my focus has improved.
- Limited coffee or energy drinks. I will admit that I have not given up coffee, but I reduced it to 1 cup a day and increased my water intake to at least 8 cups a day.
- I have “happy” music on hand when I am feeling bummed about paperwork and I always keep a pack of gum in my purse because I read that chewing gum helps relieve stress. Singing along to my favorite tunes boosts my mood.
- I try to turn off the electronics an hour before bed and read a book and/or the bible. I also found some natural herbal sleep aids to help make sure I get a good night’s rest. We know that sleep makes all the difference!
- Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO. Don’t commit to something that internally you don’t have the time or drive to complete. People pleasing will get you in a negative mindset and causes you to busy up your life. Take it from the queen of people pleasing.
- Seek counseling or some sort of support group. I attended some counseling sessions to help with the stress in my life and also went to a bible study that was geared towards drawing me back to relying on God for support in times of trials and STRESS.
- Use a life planner and organizational system that will help with managing all the duties and tasks you need. I try to give myself 10-15 minutes in the morning set aside for writing to do lists and reviewing my calendar.
- Do something YOU enjoy every day……I take a hot shower to help ease my mind, hang with my kids, chill with my hubby, and listen to music when I need to revive my spirit.
- Laugh….I am trying to find the joy of laughter in my students, my kids, on youtube, talking with friends, reading funny books and watching movies that will give me a laugh. Laughter relieves stress, so put more in your life!!
- Accept what you can or cannot do, cry, whine, and moan for a few minutes with a friend and then try to make a plan for how you are going to get through the stress. Don’t let your workload stay the same for next year!! Make the necessary changes now even if that means looking for new employment or reducing your assignment. This are all easier said that done, so make sure you have great friends that are there for you along the way!!
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