If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good. —Śāntideva
Are you one of the teachers who took the September 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)?
Have you been counting days-to-go before the promised date of release of the LET results? Are you worried not to see your name in the list of LET passers while all of you friends (at MindGym) or classmates found theirs (and others even landed top ranks)?
Have you found it hard to stop worrying that the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, when you take your lunch break or before you go to bed is to check the prc.gov.ph website if the list of passers has been posted? Or, has your Facebook status been: feeling nervous?
While a little worrying may be normal (when it pushes one to act promptly or to think through solutions of a problem), constant worrying or being too preoccupied with “the worst that might happen” would sap your energy, cause further anxieties, interfere with your daily life, make you sick and even strain your relationships.
Remember that this time, with the LET over, there’s nothing more that you can do except to wait for the results. Your worrying doesn’t solve anything. So, instead of worrying here are some tips that you may want to try to remain creative and cool within the remaining days/hours before the results are out.
1. Ask yourself these questions
- Have I not felt sure that I will pass the LET after I left the testing site last September 29?
- Didn’t I have enough self-confidence when I took the LET since I prepared well for the exams?
- Considering that I reviewed comprehensively with good coaches and a review enter with very high passing rates, what’s the possibility that I will still fail?
- If the probability is low, what else will prevent me from passing?
- Will worrying about the LET results help me? Is it worth my time worrying about something that I can not change anymore?
- If I had a fellow LET taker experiencing what I do now, what will I say to him/her?
- What if I didn’t pass? Does it mean that I can no longer be a good teacher?
- Is failing the LET the end of my teaching career? Or the “end of my world”?
When you challenge your worries and anxieties, you are able to balance your thoughts and control your emotions. Life goes on as usual rather than stopping while LET results are pending.
2. Relax and pamper yourself.
Simply breathing correctly can help ease stresses and worries. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Notice how your belly expands as you take in air and contracts when you exhale, not the other way around.
Aside from breathing, pamper yourself: get a massage, enjoy a soothing water spa, go to your hairdresser for a change hairdo, get a pedicure/manicure or enjoy an entertaining and positive movie.
You do not need a gym membership to do this. A 30-minute brisk walk around your village or window shopping in the mall would be good for the heart. Exercise is said to be a natural remedy for stresses and worries. Who knows, starting an exercise routine during these worrying times may lead to a long term beneficial exercise routine for you.
It would give you a sense of calm that God makes everything beautiful in His time. And, the certainty that if he doesn’t give you what you yearn for now, then he definitely has something better in store for you in the future.
The more you pray, the less you’ll worry. The more you worship, the less you worry. When you pray, you’ll feel more patient and less pressured.
5. Choose the people you associate with.
Stay away from those who feed into your anxieties and fears. Be with those who boost your spirit and give you a more balanced perspective of reality and taking second chances.
MindGym coaches are a text or a message away from you. Get in touch with them.
6. Scrap book or compile your LET photos and put captions on them.
When you start working as a professional teacher, you may not have time to do this anymore since you’ll be preoccupied with lesson planning, checking test papers and grading students. Keeping your photos tidy and organized would give you years of happy thoughts of the fun times you had with your friends and review buddies (and your MindGym family).
7. Write. Better yet, blog.
This would be a good time to document your LET journey, to share tips with others who would soon be taking the LET, to capture feelings you had before and during the LET and now that you await LET results. Writing would rechannel your energies from worrying to creating a personal diary, an online blog, or a publications-ready article for a magazine or newspaper. You may write unique tips for future reviewees for MindGym’s forthcoming LET review book 2.
As for me, I wrote a blog entry while I waited for my LET results in late 2008.
8. De-clutter and donate
The popular and simple to use “three pile” system would be a good start. Get three boxes, label them: Keep, Trash, Donate. Sort things accordingly.
This will help you prepare your room or home for life as a professional teacher and would even benefit brothers in Bohol, Tacloban, and other distressed communities affected by the recent calamities. De-cluttering would also ease our minds of unnecessary distractions and save our time managing stuff that we no longer need.
If you can do two or three of these tips, I am sure that waiting for the LET results would be a productive and valuable time spent on activities that will really matter to you as a professional teacher, or that may be a luxury for you as one just about to enter the challenging world of teaching.