10 DAYS OF MINDFULNESS
Are you dreading the upcoming school year? Not sure if you'll survive another month, let alone another year? With so much uncertainty right now, you need a plan to take on anything that comes your way.
Are you ready?
"I don't know what kind of witch craft you just performed but, that was a feeling I've never experienced before and I still feel so great!"
Does this sound like you?
"I don't know if I can do this for another 20 years."
"Are we teaching online or in the classroom?"
"How do I keep a mask on a 5 year old for 6 hours?"
"What happens if I get sick? Will there be subs?"
"What about my family? My kids? How do I teach and help them learn from home at the same time?"
"Will my students get what they really need? Will I?"
"How come no one seems worried about teachers health? Mental health?"
"I'm so physically, mentally and emotionally drained by the end of the day. I have no motivation to do anything."
I TOTALLY GET IT!
AND YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
"Kristin’s centering exercise turned out to be a quick way to help me forget the things from my day that I was dwelling on but could not change. So, it brought me some inner peace despite everything thing around me!"
Teachers are used to self-sacrificing, or abandoning their own needs for the needs of others… but the last few months have really shown how that’s no longer sustainable. Don’t let the uncertainty of the future weigh you down today.
It’s no surprise that you care, A LOT; or you wouldn’t be here. But, it doesn’t even matter how much you care, or how many extra hours you put in, or how amazing your lessons are, the most important skill you need to survive another year (or another 20) is this:
In order to be of service to others, you need to fill your own well FIRST. When you are coming from a place of lack, are always depleted, then your ability to effectively manage the increasing demands of your job, your health, your students and your relationships will suffer.
You must learn how to manage your stress in such a way that when you start your day, your problems are "floating away on the clouds", you’re more present for your students and your cool, calm, energy creates a relaxed learning environment.
If you aren’t getting happier or more productive from binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix, hibernating in bed all weekend, or eating chocolate then something has to change. I hate to break it to you, but neglecting your own self-care isn’t the answer. If you want to maintain the sense of joy, excitement and curiosity that got you into teaching to begin with, then you must learn how to manage your stress and take care of yourself in the process.
Self-care is non-negotiable, if you want to make a difference and have long-term health & happiness.
I know this because I was once in your shoes and having a mindfulness practice has helped me to stay calm and focus when students are fighting, not listening or not following directions. This is the reality of public education right now.
As a child of public education and now a teacher deep in it (over 8 years now), my mindfulness practice is the one thing that helps maintain my sanity. Centering myself before class, and practicing breathing exercises has helped me to stop anxiety and overwhelm in its tracks, pause when students are acting out and skillfully act instead of 'acting out' like a student. My self-care practices help me to feel more grounded at the beginning of the week and to stay that way throughout the week so I don't feel depleted.
The one thing I see time and time again, are so many great teachers lose it, walk-out, or quit just because they have been feeling over-worked, exhausted, and physically, mentally and emotionally drained by the end of the day.
This is exactly why I wanted to help. So, I sat down and put together a program that takes you step by step, on how to ground yourself before a challenging class, pause during stressful moments and develop a deep sense of joy & gratitude for the relationships you have with your students, yourself and everyone around you.
Mindfulness practices work their MAGIC in your life in ways you'd never expect; and YES you deserve to spend time on self-care
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This could be you:
"The Centering was so calming. I have never taken much time to just feel everything around me. It was an almost out of body experience. I came out of it feeling way better than I did before I listened. I would totally recommend this to anyone who needs to get out of their own head or get away from the rest of the world even if it's for just a few minutes!"
"The centering exercise turned out to be a quick way to help me forget the things from my day that I was dwelling on but could not change. So, it brought me some inner peace despite everything thing around me! The pacing of her words is steady but she gives you time to either physically follow her directions or to mentally think through what she suggests. Kristin used an easy-to-understand analogy to help me acknowledge the things that aren’t just as I’d like them and gave me a strategy to deal with interrupting thoughts."
"If you are looking for a fast way to ground yourself anywhere & anytime. This is only 5 minutes long, so even the busiest of us can carve out a little time for self-care every day."
"I am so glad I did this centering exercise before I practiced. I felt physically aware of everything my body was doing, and also mentally very focused. In fact, I live in LA, and in the middle of my practice session there was a 6.4 earthquake (this was on July 4 - the earthquake's epicenter was 100 miles north of where I live) and it did not freak me out at all. I just waited for everything to settle and went back to work."
"Ms. Damstetter's super-power is her ability to stay calm during any and all storms"