After a truly fabulous two weeks, I went back to work yesterday. Over the last fortnight, I’ve been relaxed, happy, and I feel like I have rediscovered a little bit of my old self that has been lost for a very long time. I’ve slept well, ate well and laughed a lot. I decided that I am going to approach what will be my final term in teaching with a positive frame of mind, with a focus on working hard but not taking negative things to heart. I went to bed on Sunday night after spending some time on #SundayBlogShare (which has been trending across the UK, the USA and Canada for much of the day) feeling reasonably relaxed, although a little sad about my friend’s news, and after texting her I fell asleep.
However, my brain had other ideas, and I found myself wide awake from 2.00am. Normally, I get bad bouts of insomnia during periods of extreme stress, but I didn’t feel stressed or uneasy. I tried everything – listening to music, watching cartoons, deep breathing… Nothing worked.
I gave up at 5.30am, and got up to feed and inject the cats (one of them is diabetic and requires twice daily insulin shots), and made sandwiches for The Bloke and I for lunch. I felt like a zombie by the time I had arrived at work (7.00am), and reluctantly turned on my laptop to get organised for the day.
After such a bad start, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable teaching days I have had in months. While I was tired and feeling lethargic, I found that the lessons I had planned went really well. My timetable has changed as my boss has returned from maternity leave so I had an easier workload, all the staff were pleased to see each other and were chatting away and it felt like a little weight had been lifted from my shoulders now all the main concerts are done.
I’ve got less than 50 teaching days left until the summer… Let’s hope that these will be as good as yesterday!
And last night, I slept like a baby…
What about you guys? What do you do when you can’t sleep? Check out this wonderful post from Not a Punk Rocker, one of my favourite bloggers about her experiences!
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