One of many great articles from the group Greater Good, this article explains how mindfulness can be beneficial specifically for handling the stress and emotional intensity of teaching. I like this article because it bolsters the importance of deliberately cultivating empathy and compassion. And also, self-compassion. As educators we can be hard on ourselves! With time and consistent practice this awareness can help us re-charge and start again.
Crystal Morey is a veteran teacher with wisdom and experience to share. This current article and challenge are about reducing stress and figuring out ways to set boundaries that will enhance your mental, physical and emotional well being. I see many teachers who feel drained and this is encouragement to take a step to change that. She will be sharing her challenges through a remind class that I am signed up for. The idea is that you try the challenge and share your results.
A short but sweet reflection that "teachers are humans too" focusing on the fact that teachers have needs and lives. I must keep this in mind daily when I am asked to give up my time and energy. It often seems like teachers are asked to be superhuman in terms of selflessly giving of themselves. While it is important to"put the children first" we can't just "forget" about the needs of the adult. This article is an important reminder that it is ok to set boundaries and have limits.
Simple and effective, this book explains how to use your imagination to create a mental picture of what you want. Part three, Meditations and Affirmations describes several visualizations useful for becoming grounded, energizing yourself and emotionally "letting go" which are useful for setting and maintaining boundaries. With practice these visualization can become something you can use throughout the day. I find them helpful for mental/emotional preparation for handling confrontation.
Written by Cathy and Gary Hawk who developed the company Clarity International. Their goal is to help people develop sustainable methods to achieve their calling. I recommend the entire book, for the purposes of this collection one principle that stands out is "sacred selfishness." In teaching where we are called upon to give of ourselves constantly, it is important to make sure to care for ourselves as well. This section of the book explains this, why it is important and how to do this.
Tools for Peace is a non-profit that created this app which can be used on iOs, android and web devices. I fell in love with the simple format, cute graphics and guided meditations for mindfulness. It first guides you through a personal check-in and then offers tailored meditations. Many are free, although some require a small payment. I like the free meditations so much I am ready to pay to experience more. There is a sign up option for students so using this with a class is also a possibility.
This quick web article features solid advice for ways to reduce stress and anxiety. These tips are quick and can be implemented into your life right away. However, simple does not mean easy and they are a good reminder of where to start. The first two tips in particular, are ones that I don't always see and offer insight into what is happening in your body and mind. The author shares concrete action steps and where to go for more information.