Category Archives: Resiliency for Teachers

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Relaxation Anyone?

Busyness is a commonplace occurrence in the lives of active professionals, especially teachers.  On a scale of 1 (Highest Priority) – 10 (Lowest Priority), relaxation falls around “9.” Add children to the equation and it easily slides down to “10.” So that means that you must deliberately make it a priority. Otherwise your body will make that decision for you. So this summer, take the reins of your life back into your own hands and simply relax! Here’s how:

Just Breathe … Deeply – Take a station break in the middle of your day and focus on your breathing. Breathe in and slowly breathe out. Reverse the process several times for the course of 5-minutes then enjoy the rest of your day.

Just Meditate … Find Your Inner Peace … It’s still in there somewhere! — Sit up straight with both of your feet firmly placed on the floor, close your eyes and recite a calming mantra to the beat of your breaths.

Just Show-Up in the Moment … Now! – Take a small portion of your day and relocate to a pleasant place. Close your eyes and experience the moment. Notice the sweet aroma of the flowers, the chirping of songbirds singing their happy morning song and the wind as it kisses your face with its long slender tendrils. Showing up in the moment is reinvigorating and fun.

Just Tell Someone … Close – We all need a little help sometimes. Talking with a friend face-to-face or on the phone may give you a fresh perspective on things. The comrade is refreshing and the fellowship is heartwarming. You will leave totally renewed and your friendship fortified for another day.

Just Laugh … A Real Good Belly Laugh – If you want a dose of endorphins which will help change your mood, then tune into a good movie, a comedic sitcom, or read a comic book. It makes you feel good and it’s also contagious.

Just Dance … Shake Your Money Maker – Or just do some plain old exercise. Walking and yoga can ease depression and anxiety and they make your brain feel good. If you’re brave enough to bust a move, turn up the music and shake your stress away.

All these methods will contribute to helping you relax and making it a top priority on your list. Remember relaxation keeps you happy and healthy.  Even God took a day off to relax when He was creating the universe. So why not follow His lead, and make relaxation an important part of YOUR life.

 

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Finding an Oasis in the Midst of a Dry Spell

Summer is here and the heat dictates the quality of your vacation days. 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, it’s time for a swim in the neighbors pool. Less than that, it’s cool in the morning, scorching by noon and slightly pleasant at night. Life without air conditioning is unimaginable.

What about being in a dry spell in your life? At the beginning of the school year you were a wellspring of knowledge and compassion for the little ones. Now it’s the end of the school year and your fountain has run dry. If you have to grade another paper, talk to another parent, give another test, you will literally scream! You’ve tried to rejuvenate your teacher mojo but you just don’t have the power to resurrect it, not even a little bit. You may wonder, am I a bad person? Who doesn’t want to be around sweet little adorable children? We all need a break and you should take yours. That’s why we have weekends. Two glorious days to resuscitate, rejuvenate and get refreshed.

During the summer of 2015, you must make it your mission to find your oasis in the midst of this dry spell. But the difference is instead of using the summer for a watering hole, develop year-round strategies that keep your well filled up continuously. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Plan “Me Moments” during the course of your day. 5 to 30 minute segments in your day where you do things that make you smile. (Read a chapter in your favorite novel, sing a couple of choruses of your favorite “happy” song, or call a favorite friend and share a special moment with them.) It’s your moment so you decide what it is.
  • Rehydrate your work week by building comrade with your fellow teachers. There a strong possibility they are also feeling the heat of a rigorous work week. Share that you care and watch it come back to you in rain drops filled with support and compassion.
  • Throw yourself a party on the weekend that is intended to rock you back into FUN mode where everything serious is forgotten and pleasure is a priority. Loving you should be #1 on your list.

Finding your own personal oasis may take some extra effort on your part, but when you set up a watering hole at every exit, life can be more than bearable, it can actually be lovely. Feel free to share some of your ideas with me. Just take a few minutes and drop me an email at mycollins007@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Summer!

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