In 2009, I participated in an 8 week, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop to combat my rising stress levels. I learned to employ mindfulness in my day to day life, and to practice daily guided mediation. I felt energized and better able to cope with stress. I highly recommend looking into taking a Mindfulness Stress Based Reduction course, it's an investment in your personal wellness.
We all know that we should exercise but sometimes life gets in the way and we put it on the back-burner. Sometimes we need a reminder of the importance of why we should exercise regularly. This blog, discusses five reasons of why teachers should exercise. Add it to your self care plan and make yourself a priority, your students need you and you can't be an effective teacher if you aren't taking care of yourself.
We tell our students if you don't make a plan it's just a dream. As teachers we need to follow our own advice and make a plan for our personal wellness and self care. Teaching is a demanding job, and it is critical to prioritize your self care in order to ensure you have a long lasting and fulfilling career in education. This resource provides you with a template to put pen to paper your specific wellness and self care goals so that you can stay accountable.
One of my favourite motivational teacher TED talks. We have all heard the jokes at dinner parties and snide remarks of "oh you're a teacher..." Many people minimize the job that we do on a daily basis. Taylor Mali's video is an uplifting and inspirational reminder of the impact we make on our students. A must watch video that will energize you on days when you are feeling down and in need of a boost.
Teaching is a stressful job with many demands placed on you each day. It's important to ensure that you take the time to properly manage stress. The book, Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn is based on his work in Mindfulness. An excellent read that teaches you effective techniques to combat stress.
As teachers, we often neglect some of our basic needs in order to assist our students. We're all guilty of skipping a snack or rushing through our lunch in order to run a practice, club meeting or provide students with extra help. We need to fuel our bodies so that we can be effective and able to help our students. This blog addresses food myths while providing tips to ensure that you start your day off on the right foot with proper nutrition.
David RossLower Elementary Science The Arts Math Non-Departmental