I left you with
a few tips on how to get rid of burnout teacher's syndrome and I hope
they have been all
effective, especially Brain Gym exercises! The problem is that with this
syndrome you easily win the battle but always lose the war. In fact
last night, as I finished grading the one-hundred fifty-fifth test, I
all the beneficial effects of cross crawls, lazy
eight’s and hook
ups had vanished. My head was throbbing exactly like my coffee
machine in the morning, when it’s so crammed with coffee powder
that it swells and coughs and seems to be on the brink of blowing up,
then, almost by miracle, decides to pour a delicious black and thick
Italian espresso for my pleasure. I wished my head could produce coffee
but it seemed more likely to be going to burst!
It was then that my friend Pompeus knocked at my door.
excuse me! I thought Ms Hazel was at home, and I didn’t
know she had a waitress; can you tell your lady I’m calling her
again tomorrow evening? However, I would advice you to take a rest because
you look as if you had spent the whole day washing and polishing the
floors of the Empire State Building!"
I wanted to die but I kept my coolness
and answered: “Oh! Ms Hazel is upstairs making up herself. If
you can wait a few minutes she’ll be here in a few minutes!”I rushed upstairs, took all my magic creams
and splashed them on my face until it turned from deadly grey into
bright pink, dived into an evening dress and went downstairs again,
walking with allure and nonchalance and waving to my charming friend “Hi
Pompeus! How nice to pay me such an unexpected visit!” Pompeus
coughed slightly and behaved in such a gentlemanlike style (how
different from his friend the Farmer!) that I’ll never know if he believed
look as beautiful as ever, my dear Hazel! Anyway I’ve spotted
some tension on your pearly skin texture. Do you mind if I teach you
some more Brain Gym exercises? It might help you… ”
would be a bliss to me!!! I’ feel so tired that your
lessons on Brain Gym will sound to my ears like a celestial concert
I know what you’re thinking: I can be really fascinating when a handsome
man intrigues me… Now listen to the new exercises Pompeus has taught
me and do them yourselves: they are a magical remedy for overstressed people
Start with two pens and one piece of paper
Begin by just scribbling with both hands at the same time
try a variety of shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and so
It's great to help the two brain hemispheres work
in unison again!
hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the thumb
and index finger
Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations
below the collar bone on each side of the sternum
Press lightly in a
manner At the same time put the other hand over the navel
area of the stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes. Do
the same with the other side.
This exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain
on" the entire brain. The increased blood
flow helps improve concentration skills required for reading, writing,
Compare the two arms in terms of length, relaxation,
Hold one arm
next to your ear, and grasp that arm below the elbow with the opposite
The opposite arm
should be positioned behind the head
Exhale gently through pursed
lips, while activating
muscles by pushing the arm against the other hand in four directions
(front, back, in, and away). Do the same with the other side.
It's great for lenghtening the muscles of chest and shoulders and it
greatly facilitates writing!
Could I leave my friend without offering him a cup of the delicious
Italian espresso delivered by my coffee machine? Noooo! Well, you'll
never be able to imagine the grimace of utter disgust my friend Pompeus
Hazel: "What? You don't
like Italian espresso?!"
Pompeus: "I have
nothing against those high viscosity beverages overflowing with caffeine
that Italians like so much, but coffee only gives you the illusion of
tiredness and stress. Actually, since it excites the nervous system and
is also dehydrating, it creates a vicious circle by which you keep on
drinking more coffee both to keep awake and restore water levels. In
other words, you end up by feeling dehydrated and, what's worse, overstressed".
Hazel: "What should I drink then?"
Brain comprises more water (about 90%) than of any other organ of the
body. Drinking some water before and during class can help "grease
the wheel". Drinking water is very important before any stressful
situation as we tend to perspire under stress, and dehydration can effect
our concentration negatively".
Hazel: "Oh dear
Pompeus! How could I know that? I'll throw the coffee machine into the
waste bin immediately and convert to a life
of abstinence from coffee and whatsoever exciting drink!"
It was so that I gained my friend Pompeus's trust and
respect... However I took the coffee machine from the wastebin as soon
as he left
my home, cleaned, polished and cherished it... but you're not going
to tell him, I suppose, my faithful friends of the Magic Wood Cottage?