But...it's still fantastic. Granted, I'm biased, because I love (almost) anything British, but even objectively this slogan has such a simple, healthy message. Don't panic; move forward. Take a breath; keep going. The idea actually does calm me down.
It also makes me wish I could be back in London.
If you didn't guess, today threw some major stress bombs at me from all over the place. When I got home from work, I needed a break from school-related work, so I spent almost two hours cleaning the house. I'm sure there's a psychological connection there--I feel like I'm not in control so I take charge of the stuff I can control? I clean the house to convince myself I'm actually organized?--but I'm not going to read into it.
When Terry got home, I was more than ready for our run. Given the late workout, we switched our Tuesday and Wednesday plans and tackled 3 miles today, though they weren't particularly speedy (6.3 mph average, not even our target 10K speed, but oh well). I also added some stretching before calling it a day and cooking dinner.
Thankfully, cooking feels therapeutic for me, too, especially when I have a glass of syrah and Cougar Town on in the background. Tonight's meal: eggplant and spinach pasta casserole. I completely forgot to buy mozzarella, so I mixed in some ricotta and sprinkled Parmesan on top for cheesy deliciousness. I promise to post a picture and perhaps a more detailed recipe tomorrow for WIAW--my camera is too far away right now. (Yep, it's been that kind of day!)
Okay, some other ways I love to relieve stress, because it will relax me before bed on this so-glad-it's-over-and-I-know-tomorrow-will-be-better day:
- Hanging out with my husband.
- Hanging out with my crazy kitten.
In this photo, Scout couldn't play with his old toys; he had to drag out the new toys--still on the cardboard.
- Reading, although sometimes reading stresses me out more because I feel like I should be doing something else.
- Working on a puzzle. That feeling of getting a piece to fit is indescribable.
- Organizing my classroom.
- Planning workouts.
- Daydreaming about vacations.
But ultimately, I know it will pass, and I know tomorrow will be better. I'm already looking forward to some time with my coworkers after school and a much less crazy day.
What's your favorite way to wind down at the end of a rough day?
By the way, if you're curious, the "Keep calm and carry on" slogan started as a morale-booster in Great Britain at the start of WWII, but it never received any public display. It was rediscovered 13 years ago and has become a wild craze--mostly on Pinterest.