Back to School

The October half term has now finished, and I am back into the school cycle. There are less than eight weeks until Christmas, which is exciting, but I have to get through a long seven week term  before the festivities can begin. At my school this means starting early in the morning, with classes starting at half-past eight and finishing at six. Yes, you read that right. I am dreading the feeling I get, usually around three or four weeks in, when you are absolutely exhausted, yet you still have hours of more lessons to tackle.

The first week back has been tough – on Monday I sat my English Language GCSE, and since then work has been handed out by the bucket-load in all of my other subjects. Mid-term reports are due in a few days, yet by the end of this week I will have completed 20+ hours of music rehearsals and practice. Yep, TWENTY hours…

To take my mind off the aches and pains of lessons and music, I have been trying to take 15 minutes everyday to gather my thoughts, relax and re-charge. For me, the best way to relax effectively in a short period of time is lying in the semi-supine position; stretching out the spine enables you to focus on breathing, seeing and balancing – an essential element in the process of re-focusing the mind.


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