As some of you know, I used to be an assistant principal and athletic director. Today I’m going to tell you a funny story about an incident that involved a student and a miniature bottle of whiskey.
Knowing my readers, none of you can relate to this I am sure : ). I’m sure you were to busy sitting at home, doing your homework, and watching your little brother and sister.
I took my strength and conditioning class outside to play soccer. It was a Friday, and generally on Friday I would let my students pick a game and play it, instead of working out. In this case, they picked soccer and they were having a grand old time. Except for one student :-(.
This poor student had broken his leg, I forget how, and wasn’t able to participate. As such he was sitting by me and we were joking around. Then apparently he got bored with me and started walking around where I was seated. He then gasps and with an excited expression on his face, he holds up a dirty, empty miniature bottle of whiskey and says, “ Coach Lake, look what I found!” And I said, “Oh my word, that’s crazy! Quick, hide it your pocket and we’ll deal with it once we go inside.”
We go inside and I tell him that we need to go find one of the administrators so that they can see the bottle. I find one of them and then I say, “ This student smells like he has been drinking alcohol, I think he has a little bottle of whiskey in his right pocket. Can you check it with me? I just want two witnesses for the search.”
As you can imagine. This student about fainted. The expression on this poor students face was indescribable. He started gasping for breath and trying to speak, but no words would come out. And before I could tell the other administrator that I was joking and it was a farce. She threw her hand in his pocket and pulled out the little bottle. And the poor kid almost died. At this point, I started laughing out loud and told the administrator the whole story.To the great relief of the student in question.
Honestly, I don’t know. It was just a funny story that I told some clients and they thought it was hilarious so I thought I would share. I just wanted to brighten your day, make you laugh and hopefully feel better. So often during this busy Holiday season we get stressed and quit focusing on family, friends, and what Christmas is all about Jesus Christ. I wanted to make you smile, make you laugh, and maybe even make you think back to when you were in high school and things were less crazy.
As a bonus, I’ve included some of my top apps for dealing with stress over the holidays. They can really help you out. See links below.
I have included this link, http://mercyhillgso.com/christmas/, it a for Mercy Hills Christmas services at The Carolina Theater in Greensboro. This is a huge event and one you and your entire family will treasure. I strongly suggest you go to the link and reserve your spot, it’s free and there is child care.
As always go be awesome!
KELLEN LAKE – Probably going to pay for this joke later in life.
PS – And don’t feel bad for this kid, because later he got me back…and yes, I deserved it : ).
What it does: What it does: Eases you into regular meditation and sends you time- and location-based reminders to chill.
Description: In addition to a five-day guided introduction to meditation, the Mindfulness App provides a whole catalog of premium sessions guided by some of the world’s most popular and influential meditation teachers, and deploys periodic personalized push notifications based on time of day and location (at work, at the gym, etc.) to remind you to remain mindful.
What it does: Teaches you how to meditate effectively.
Description: One of the better-known apps in the relaxation category, Headspace likens itself to a “gym for the mind,” offering up a wide variety of audio-guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. The initial course of 10 10-minute sessions is free, and will walk you through the basics of meditation. From there, if you pony up the $13-per-month subscription fee you’ll gain access to its full lineup, which includes specialized guided and unguided exercises designed to help you apply mindfulness techniques to everyday situations (at work, in your relationship, while cooking, etc.), and bite-sized “S.O.S.” exercises to resuscitate you whenever you feel like you’re melting down.
What it does: Tracks your mood and provides relaxation techniques
Description: By tracking your mood, activity level, and feelings throughout the day, Pacifica provides hyper-personalized strategies to combat anxiety in its most subtle and extreme manifestations, including guided meditations, deep-breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation. The overall approach is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, in that it’s designed to help you better identify, understand, and change your thinking and behavior patterns.
What it does: Walks you through specific breathing patterns proven to combat stress
Description: Rather than give you the ins and outs of meditating, B2R takes a more granular approach by teaching you how to combat stress using something known as “diaphragmatic breathing.” Based on how you indicate you’re feeling, it culls together a specialized breathing exercise during which the screen indicates how long to inhale and exhale for a specific amount of time.
Set aside time in your daily schedule. Set an alarm and schedule a set time either once a day for the technique you chose. I highly suggest you do it first thing in the morning, before other tasks and responsibilities get in the way. I personally prefer first thing in the AM.
Don’t practice when you’re sleepy. Avoid practicing close to bedtime, after a heavy meal, or when you’ve been drinking (which you shouldn’t be doing any way if your goal is to lose fat : ).
Expect ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. It happens. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum. That said, consistent action yields consistent results. What your goal?
Don’t think you have time for a daily practice? If you feel like your schedule is already too packed for anything else, remember that many relaxation techniques can be practiced while you’re doing other things. Deep breathing or body scan meditation (just don’t lay down, people will think you are weird : ) can be performed while commuting to work on a bus or train, or waiting for an appointment. Try deep breathing during your break at work or when you’re winding down for bed (about 30 minutes before lights out).