I finally figured out a way to enjoy dungeon grinding while leveling. It was a simple solution but one that sits opposite of how I play video games. I simply had to stop caring. I had to stop caring about my threat generation and if I was a ‘good’ tank. I resolved to only care about keeping the mobs we pull off of the healer and life became better. I don’t think I’m a better tank but I’m at least a happier tank. I make it clear that I only care about the healer too. I tell the group early on mana and ready checks only apply to the healer, the rest of you can be replaced in seconds.
I’m a happy bear tank… now where did I put that picnic basket.