The theme of the summer was setting boundaries. As I had some space from the COVID chaos of the past three school years (yes, we are entering year #4), I felt a sense of peace and calm that replaced the frenzy and frustration. The notion of no longer tolerating intolerable working conditions has become my personal mantra that I share with as many colleagues as will listen. I have been searching for what would help me, and hopefully, others move through these difficult times, especially as school reopens.
My dear friend and colleague, Barbara Glickstein, shared the following Twitter thread with me by Dr. Emma Kavanaugh, a psychologist from the U.K. who wrote about “ugly coping,” a concept that was new to me.
Ugly coping means whatever gets you through your day. It can be drastically lowering your expectations for yourself, your family, your house. It can be setting aside time in a day to have a good weep (ShowerCry™).
I know things are scary now. And I know that things have felt scary for a REALLY long time. We have been bombarded by hard things and we are all so very, very tired. I haven’t done a psychology thread in a while, but it feels like one might be necessary right now. #EnergyCrisis— Dr Emma Kavanagh (@EmmaLK) August 26, 2022