The next step in my campaign to reduce my BP was to turned my attention to was stress. A difficult area as so much of it is beyond my control.
I am a teacher and to quote Sir Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at the University of Manchester’s Business School – “Of all the occupations I’ve studied, and that’s about 80, teachers are in the top three most stressed occupations. The hours are long and antisocial, the workload is heavy and there is change for change’s sake from various governments.”
I started by changing little things that I can control, like limiting how much work I do at home and using the time to take up drawing again. This in turn led me to Zentangle, “relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being”.
I was doing quite well with this until recently when my aged father took a turn for the worse and is no longer able to look after himself. I am in the process of getting Power of Attorney – a long and protracted process here – whilst trying to get him the best care possible. Stress levels soared ! Now that the initial urgency of the situation has passed I am starting to Zentangle again.