Teacher Wellness Must Come First

Teacher Wellness Must Come First

Why is it that I choose not to exercise at these times?

Is it because deep down, I don’t really enjoy exercise? Is it because exercise feels like an “extra” in my day – something that is a bonus and can be done when everything else falls into place? Is it because I see it as some kind of construct of maintaining a conventionally attractive level of fitness and is therefore superficial?

I think it is all of these things. What may be the most compelling rationalization for not exercising, though, stems from the fact that the work that I’m doing each day feels “more important” and therefore more deserving of my time and energy.

August 2019 - Be Gentle With Yourself

We are rested and refreshed, and many of us are returning with what I call "the seductive optimism of the new school year."

Optimism about the awesomeness of the year ahead is a great sign of a positive mindset. We also need to be realistic about how demanding it can be to be an educator. When you start signing up for extra responsibilities, ask yourself if you will have the same energy and enthusiasm eight weeks from now.

June 2019 - Rest & Relaxation

Welcome to summer and all the opportunities it offers to rest.

Some of us find ourselves entering June so exhausted that we have no other option than to stop and recover. Others may have hit the ground running and are already on the road or knee-deep in work or projects. Summer allows us the spaciousness we need.

Whatever your circumstances this month, I invite you to rest and relax with intention.

April 2019 - Self-Embodiment

How often do we think about our bodies?

We respond to the obvious signals to eat, drink, and sleep, but otherwise, we often go through our daily lives living only in our head. We're list-making, planning, evaluating, and thinking. While these mental activities are necessary, they would be further supported by dropping in to our bodies and feeling what it feels like to be in the flesh we occupy.

Sitting with Difficult Emotions

Sitting with Difficult Emotions

Sometimes I delude myself into believing that I’m past the challenges that impacted me in my youth.  Then I’ll notice that I’m being triggered by something unexpected and realize that I still have work to do on acknowledging my unresolved issues. 

These past few weeks have been an example of this. 

I have started telling people about the fact that I’ve decided to retire early, specifically at the end of this school year.  What’s interesting is that sharing this decision is making it feel more real, and the fact that it feels more real is bringing up several unexpected emotions. 

The most dominant emotion I’ve observed is guilt.