When Working Isn’t WorkingPosted: August 3, 2009
On Friday I made a heart wrenching but necessary decision to resign from my position at school. I’ve come to a time in my life when I know I need to spend some time looking after myself and my family. I’ve been having issues from migraines, stress and being overweight and I need to do something about it because it is affecting my quality of life too much. And when my quality of life suffers so does that of my family. So I’ve changed from teacher to “stay at home Mum” for a time and I’m planning to do a year or so of relief teaching before looking for another full time position.
I’m feeling very fragile about making this move because I’m leaving behind a wonderful school community and being out on the big wide world on my own (aside from when I am at school in my “mum” role). I’ve been very anxious and my GP thinks I am actually grieving for what I’ve left behind.
Being a full time homemaker is actually a daunting prospect as I haven’t done it for any great length of time before. Somehow I managed to get through a huge amount of work at school every day but I get very little done at home. Part of that is the distractions lurking around at home – it is very tempting to while away too many hours on the computer or to flop in front of TV. The routines at school are what help me keep going at school and the minimal distractions so I’m going to try to implement some routines at home as advocated by FlyLady. I’ve got a lot to get done to get our home and family running smoothly so I’m making lots of lists and hopefully I’ll have a lot of positives to report on here.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with the nurse that I see to discuss my anxiety issues and I’m planning to get stuck into Little Athletics Preparations as well as doing some housework. Organising the food is another high priority. I need to have a good look at what we’ve got in the cupboards and fridge and start doing proper meal planning again.