Over the last few weeks, I’ve been preparing for an E-Mentoring project, which is the first time I’ve ever done any teaching. I’ve always been wary of teaching because I’ve never thought the education system was something I wanted to get into. However, that is a blog post for another day!
What I discovered in the first session the other week was that, despite my worrying and stressing about every eventuality, the reality was that it wasn’t that bad. I know I’m a worrier, but we build up so much in our heads. Our Lizard brain seems to be wired to fear anything and everything that could go wrong – this can stop us from doing good work.
I know mental health can have an impact on things like this and we have to be aware of that. In situations like my teaching, things will go wrong and that is okay. These can be “lessons” for me too, rather than just “mistakes”.
What we must do is recognise when our Lizard brain is at work and acknowledge it. It is part of being human. What we can do is know that the fear it creates is an allusion because there’s is no real or physical danger. When we recognise this, allow it and say “It’s okay”, then we can start doing the good work we are all capable of doing.