Early in my teaching career, I worked for a principal who was on the mindfulness and meditation bandwagon before there was a bandwagon. He wrote and shared poetry with the staff and student body, encouraged everyone to take a true lunch break rather than shoveling food into our mouths while grading papers and making copies, and even designated… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Savor Every Bite
Ok, the title was just to get you to read further...because it turns out that trying to be special can be counterproductive to our wellness. There are several recent studies demonstrating that kindness breads happiness and health in those who practice goodwill towards others. Dr. Becky Bailey who coined the term Conscious Discipline asserts the… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: How to be special
I know that exercise is important for lots of reasons - it boosts energy, makes the brain work better, releases "happy" hormones, reduces susceptibility to disease. But I'm busy and I can always find an excuse not to put exercise at the top of my priority list. A recent New York Times article -- and,… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: How much exercise do I really need?
Chronic excessive stress. Detached, cynical attitude. Emotional exhaustion. These characteristics describe a certain percentage of doctors and nurses. But I've seen and experienced my own share of these traits as an educator. Dr. Melissa Ring writes in this article that the same number of people die each year from infections caused by human errors in… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Why Educators Should Meditate
I've been thinking a lot about balance lately. In particular, I've been thinking about the balance between faster-paced, high-stress and high-adrenaline parts of my life, and the lulls of relaxation where I'm expending little mental or physical energy. It's not explicitly a work/life issue. It's an energy issue. Here is a typical week for me: Sunday… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Balance three ways
Is it possible? Can a less-than-10 minute workout produce results or is it just wishful-thinking? Turns out that it's backed by science. And the best part is we can actually find time to do it. I downloaded the app and have been doing it first thing in the morning for about two weeks. I can already… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Find 7 minutes — you can do it!
The cover of many magazines from women's health to business news entice us with headlines such as, "7 Steps to a Good Night's Sleep" or "Sleep Better Tonight." Recent studies showing the negative impacts of a lack of sleep has researchers suggesting that businesses who don't prioritize their employees' rest will hurt their bottom lines. What's… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: The Importance of Sleep
I do it all the time. When I get stressed out I remind myself to "let it go," and ask, "What's the worst that can happen?" When I'm running, I negotiate: "If I sprint to the flagpole then I can walk the next two blocks." When I mindlessly put the milk away in the cupboard instead of… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Talk to yourself
After a month of romantic movies on TV and shelves full of red and pink candy at the grocery stores, there's a little less love in the air this week. But that doesn't have to be the case. Although it may be a little less traditional, I'm planning to extend Valentine's Day with a little love experiment over the… Continue reading 36 questions to transform your relationships
Do your efforts to live a less hectic life sometimes look like this? Although it's a continuous effort to get better, I think the last few years have been a turning point for me -- so I thought I'd share what I've learned about living with more calm and tranquility. #1 (and #2 and #3!): Simplify. Start… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Five steps to tranquility