Dare to Breathe

There is one thing a Teacher can never have enough of – patience. I’m not sure if most people realise this but patience comes in many forms. However, it almost always boils down to the ability to remind yourself to do one very important basic thing…BREATHE.

Now… I didn’t say that it cured anxiety! I said that it would help!!

Recently, I have been thrown in the deep end. Going from a low behaviour management environment to being in a room where I constantly have to remind students to stay on task amidst friendship issues, relationship problems, truancy, violence, apathy, learned helplessness, family strain/stress and personalities with multiple learning challenges, instability and financial issues. One thing hasn’t changed though – and that’s the persistence I have with myself not to let things shake me. Not to let things get to me too much. Not to let the overwhelming feeling of drowning stop you from breathing.

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However, when your thoughts are like the one below you would find it quite challenging to remind yourself to breathe when you believe everything and everyone is out to get you.

Stress and anxiety are not easy things to deal with and everyone suffers from it at one point or another.  Some of us will suffer from severe stress and anxiety multiple times in our lives for one reason or another. There are some things we need to realise about this and that is not all people have the same level of stress and anxiety and not everyone will be able to deal with it the same way.  The one way I have found that has helped me and many other students that I have come across is the simple concept of mindfulness.  Knowing where you are, knowing what you are doing and knowing to just be.

I have observed a large number of students go through panic attacks for one reason or another and the thing that stands out the most is their inability to learn how to handle it. And this is where we need to step in and give them the tools to be able to cope. So…how does one cope?

This one I have used to talk students off a ledge, literally or to get them to keep going when their fear is taking over, again literally – high ropes course anyone?

  1. Tell me 5 things you see.
  2. Take a deep breathe all the way down to the bottom of your tummy. Hold it in for 3 seconds. Let go loudly.
  3. Tell me 4 things you can touch.
  4. Take a deep breathe all the way down to the bottom of your tummy. Hold it in for 3 seconds. Let go loudly.
  5. Tell me 3 things you can smell.
  6. Take a deep breathe all the way down to the bottom of your tummy. Hold it in for 3 seconds. Let go loudly.
  7. Tell me 2 things you can taste.
  8. Take a deep breathe all the way down to the bottom of your tummy. Hold it in for 3 seconds. Let go loudly.

The beauty of this distracting technique is that it works. It works for me and it has worked on all the students I have tried it on. Normally by step 5 or 6 they are calm enough to start thinking about the next step of their journey rather than get lost in their own thoughts of panic.

This is not a definitive answer to relieving stress and anxiety but it’s definitely a step forward if we at least have another thing to tuck into our tool belt when needed.

There are also a number of TED talks on the topic that provide diverse options for dealing with anxiety.

Though possibly my most favourite thing to bust anxiety is left to one particular superhero….

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Dare to be: Alive.

WARNING: This post is not for sensitive eyes. If you have no stomach for blood and gore – beware.

I have an obsession. It’s a pretty twisted one. It likes blood. It likes apocalyptic fantasies. It loves post-apocalyptic scenarios where people run for their lives. It loves gore. It loves the thrill. The adrenaline. Most of all… it loves zombies.

Not just any kind of zombie mind you. It has to be the zombies that people find the most creative ways of killing.

How do I love zombies?

During Halloween I regularly dress up as a version of some kind of zombie. Along with a multitude of other teenage girls…

Zombie makeup ideas and detailed instructions on how to create your living dead look, with a Walking Dead makeup tutorial. Get your dead on this Halloween!:

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Love this pealed skin effect. To begin with it almost appears as though the model has been injured or in an accident then in the second image it appears as though she may be a daemon or vampire. This is a look i will be creating within my group image of a zombie apocalypse.:

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Halloween is getting closer and closer, do you know what you are going to dress up as? If the answer to that last question was “no” you should really check out this gallery of Halloween makeup. The talented people behind... [ read more ]:

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If interested Gurl.com has an amazing array of DIY zombie make-up advice.

When looking for a game to play on the console I reach for the goriest zombie game available. Dead Island anyone?

The Walking Dead is a regular fixture on my TV/laptop.

So is its spin-offs: Fear of the Walking Dead, Z Nation & Dead Set.

Soon it will be followed by iZombie, Resurrection, The Returned and In The Flesh.

I enthusiastically get the tingles whenever the Brisbane Zombie Walk is about to happen.

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I have a zombie apocalypse plan (I’ve decided that a hardware store like Bunnings would be the first place I would run to and hide). Apparently so do many others…

More zombie survival tips! Be ready for that next flesh-eating outbreak with this handy guide. #zombies #infographic #survival:

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I have seen almost every zombie movie known to man that I can find. In English and in other languages. Have you ever seen Dead Snow?

Officially one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen despite it’s blood and gore.

So one may ask.. WHY?!?!?

Why would *anyone* want to be exposed to this?

I have one answer that is quite consistent amongst those of whom share the obsession with Zombies. Among all the blood, gore, death, destruction and inappropriate humour (in some movies) it makes me feel alive.

“Alive?!?!”

I can hear the horrified gasps now for those that don’t see the sense.

Let me explain why Zombies are bad-ass and why they make those of us whom love the genre feel alive.

The scene above from Night of the Comet is a glorious example of how comedy is used to enhance a situation that would normally make people run and hide into the nearest corner. Instead, the female characters test out guns only to state that their father’s would’ve given them uzi’s instead.

Barbra in the Night of the Living Dead was so epic someone decided to create a tribute video just for her. There are moments in this movie where she makes me feel so alive every that I have to to a fist-pump and a “YEAH!” after her lines.

Resident Evil’s Alice has more kick ass moments in the movie and in gamer land than I could possibly list. Though the best part is that despite the odds she fights. She fights and she doesn’t back down. Though in addition to this, there are numerous female characters in Resident Evil that show females in fine form.

Witchita and Little Rock in Zombieland completely hoodwinked Tallahassee and Columbus multiple times in this movie.

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The ultimate is bad ass zombie females would have to be those from The Walking Dead…

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Carol’s progression from meek housewife to assertive gun toting woman has been one of the biggest highlights so far.

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Though my favorite of all would have to be Michonne. Silent and introspective for most of the TV show she has shown more strength, vulnerability and bravery than any of the other characters. In this scene, she comes across another zombie who looks very similar to her, therefore meeting her own death in the face. As she meets her reflection in the zombie she decides that she wants to live and not be one of them…

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