In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. Lee Lacocca
I have tried to keep myself busy since the beginning of the year in an effort to stop myself from cogitating, ruminating or feeling too lonely. I have just started teaching another new course preparing students for the Certificate of Advanced English and I have also started teaching French two evenings a week. So this is keeping me very busy and I must say that it is indeed working to keep my mind away from negative thoughts.
I also tried to be physically more active and took up membership for the local Dragonboat Club. However, I have currently got a shoulder injury, so I have had to temporarily give up paddling until it gets better. Well, I guess that it leaves me with more time to devote to my work.
As a teacher, I have to be observed every year and the time has come. I have my next OTLA (Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment) taking place on Tuesday, therefore I have been quite busy this weekend catching up with all the paperwork. I am finding it easier to stay focused for longer periods of time, but I am still procrastinating now and again and leaving things to the very last minute.
My last observation took place in June last year, when I was in the worst shape of my life. I had anxiety and insomnia and I was suffering from pneumonia. Preparing for it had been a harrowing experience and I had had to summon all the energy still left in me to manage to write up a lesson plan. Fortunately my manager was aware of the situation at the time and was quite lenient.
This year, I have found it much easier to keep up with my workload. I have very enthusiastic students, who work hard to improve their English. But, just like last year, I am sick! I think I have caught the dreaded Australian Flu and I am feeling very poorly. I managed a short trip to the shop today, but I felt as tired as if I had just finished a 5k run!
I just hope that I will have recovered enough by Tuesday to be able to deliver a good lesson. Now, I am going to curl up in my bed with a cup of Lemsip, a hot water bottle and a good book, trying to gather enough strength and energy for the new week starting.
Until next time…