No doubt about it: teaching is a physically and emotionally demanding profession. Taking care of our physical and emotional health too often takes a back-burner, which creates a vicious cycle of habits that further diminish our energy levels and cause greater stress.
A recent “10-Minute Teacher” podcast episode features Jen Burdis, a 21-year veteran teacher and author of The EduNinja Mindset: 11 Habits for Building a Stronger Body and Mind.
Here is a summary of the five habits Jen shares in the podcast episode. Click here to listen to the entire episode.
Face your fears: Daily put yourself in the mindset of being willing to overcome obstacles.
Practice healthy nutrition: Simple and healthy meal and snack prep will break the cycle of sugar highs and lows.
Move throughout your day: Setting aside even 30 minutes broken-up throughout the day for a walk, light exercise, or yoga can make a huge difference in energy levels. Participating in brain breaks with your students counts, too!
Take time for mindfulness: Give yourself the gift short breaks to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to check-in with yourself and body.
Build community: We do better when we are connected to others! Invite colleagues, friends, family members, and/or join an online community to provide support for your healthy habits.
Remember the metaphor of the oxygen mask: we must take care of ourselves first on order to effectively take care of others.
5 habits of healthy teachers [Audio blog interview]. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2019, from
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