I have this rule that I wait until I’m calm and regulated before I write a post. The last 10 days or so have been quite emotionally dysregulating for many of us. As educators, school employees, and parents wrap our heads around what back to school during Covid-19 looks like for everyone with the guidelines outlined by different groups, a range of emotions is surfacing.

Anxiety, anger, fear, rage, despair, hopelessness, sadness, disgust – it’s a regular Inside Out movie character party!

The one thing I notice is the more time I spend on social media, the more emotionally dysregulated I feel. I feel more anxious.

So I have to reset and calm. I do this by thinking about how I want to show up in the world right now, how I want to show up for my family and for my colleagues and even for complete strangers.

I want to be cooked spaghetti.

This will make way more sense after you watch this video post. It’s almost 9 minutes but I promise you it’s a perfect analogy for dealing with the stress of return to school planning and anxiety.


So are you uncooked spaghetti or cooked spaghetti right now? Are you feeling a little inflexible? Maybe close to the breaking pointing.

Harness your inner calm and be cooked spaghetti. Be open and flexible and know that you can handle whatever will come.

I love the Nikki Rowe quote ” You don’t end the chaos, you just kinda become the calm”.

Calm doesn’t mean passive and  at the mercy of the will of others. Calm means steady and ready to meet the challenge of what may come with the foundational belief that you can handle it.

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Be calm and carry on my little noodles!