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Sometimes, though, I feel signs that I am needing a break from it all, a time to refresh, take care of me and my face to face loved ones who share the ups and downs of everyday life with me live and up close.
Here are the tell-tale signs that I need to take a step back:
- When I read someone advocating for "sharing what is going on in the classroom," I feel a surge of panic and anxiety, with pangs of guilt because I haven't blogged lately. I do believe that I should share, but I don't think it should have such a profound way of inducing guilt.
- When I see a friend tweet of a promotion, an opportunity, I feel envious or jealous instead of joy for them.
- If I get an email or message from a friend, asking me to update a bio or participate in a hangout and I feel like running away.. far far away!
- When I feel like the world just wants way too much from me and I just can't do it all.
- When I feel a sense of panic after not replying to someone's email that same day!
Below is a Haiku Deck I created to express the idea that it's okay to think before saying yes. It's called, "Beautiful No", a term shared by my wise mindfulness teacher, Dr. Amy Saltzman. I think that if I learn to choose more wisely the things I say yes to, I will have fewer examples like those posted above.
How do you know it's time to take a break? I'd love to hear how you manage being a connected educator!