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I started doing mindfulness meditation with my grade 2 students after lunch, just before silent reading. I do it for myself as much as them!

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10/10/14 7:04 P

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I deal with stress by making sure to keep family time sacred. There is time for work, but there must be time for family, friends, and life beyond the job. I love my job, but I can't allow it to consume my life.

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I do a 5 minute meditation as soon as my last student is picked up.

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10/6/14 10:48 P

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Resting and relaxing when I'm exhausted like I am right now. Music that's soothing too...
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9/30/14 9:35 A

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Taking time for me but also spending time with my family :)

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9/30/14 6:32 A

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Sparking really helps: exercise, sleep, water intake, and healthy eating. Meditating and doing something for me is a daily must, too.

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9/8/14 6:35 A

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conscious de-stressing frequently

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9/7/14 11:28 P

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CrossFit, swimming, and weight training.

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9/7/14 11:08 A

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Even though we have a planning period (most days) I still seem to take work home every night and weekend so I understand what you're saying. I'm going to try and be better about working out right when I get home and then doing any work that's needs to be done.


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9/7/14 9:02 A

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Its' hard to deal with stress because here (Italy) teachers have no facilities at school so we have to do all the correcting, planning, researching etc mostly at home. The result is, 'unplugging' from work is often impossible and stress is a common thing. For me, one the most useful thing is doing physical exercise after work. Till last year, I was attending fit boxe classes (perhaps you call it cardio-boxing) and they were the best thing. Punching and kicking the sack was perfect for me to release the stress and feel energized!

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I found that I needed to make sure to leave school at school. There is always more I can do. Teaching is never-ending work. I wake up at 5, get to school at 6:15, work until 4 or 4:30, but then I leave. I don't bring things home anymore. Instead, I use that time at night to cook, hang out with friends, watch a tv show, exercise, read a book for fun, and relax. I make sure to get plenty of sleep. Since I wake up at 5, for me, that means that I am in bed by 9. Sometimes, I will go to work on the weekends, but I am trying not to make a habit of it. Instead, I try to do things with friends or explore someplace new (or on occasion, just lay around a sleep all day).

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8/7/14 8:24 A

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I have not been going in the teachers lounge for a long time. I typically stay in my room since I have a stove, microwave, and dishwasher in my room along with my computer - AND my schedule just doesn't coincide with the schedules of my upbeat and enthusiastic co-workers, but with some who complain and drag everyone down with the gossip. It helps me to stay friendlier with just about everyone.

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8/6/14 4:54 P

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I have been teaching for years and still try to deal better and better with the stress during the school year. School hasn't started yet but I plan on focussing again this year on getting outside during lunch for a short walk and journaling most days about what I love about teaching!!!

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8/6/14 3:16 P

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Wow! There are some terrific ideas here! I think I am going to try getting out for a walk at recess or lunch. I will try and do some exercises to centre myself during the day. I will definitely try to avoid the staffroom on treat days. Keep the ideas coming!

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7/24/14 2:37 P

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We have pretty good coaches, but special ed. teachers don't get days to work with them like gen. ed. teachers do.
We had the same problem at my old school with teachers complaining about students or their parents. It isn't so bad at my new school which is nice.


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7/24/14 8:21 A

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Some wonderful ideas here.. Yes , i have the same about teachers Rooms.. I go there once every couple of weeks just for networking , I don't eat there ... just stop in to say Hi! I cannot believe the stress.... Mentors? what are they? LOL Gosh, our district pays 3 people mega bucks for this and we never see them and they never return emails. It is so dog eat dog ... it is really stressful..... Sigh, sorry to vent a bit... I appreciate all your thoughts and ideas... :-)

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7/23/14 3:14 P

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I can't believe the difference in schools. There was food in the lounge of my old school on a daily basis and if there wasn't anything, which was rare, people weren't happy. At my new school we only have treats on bdays or other special occasions for the most part. On Fridays we make popcorn and take turns bringing something to go with it. I'm glad it's not there on a regular basis.
I used to walk with a friend after school but she's now retired. I like your idea of doing it there. I've thought about starting a walking club for students a couple of nights per week. We could walk in the halls when the weather is bad. I'm not sure how to set it all up. Has anyone else done this?


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7/23/14 10:19 A

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Great ideas

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7/22/14 11:10 P

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Two things:

One: Avoid the teacher's lounge as if it were Chernobyl. I work in NC and food is the answer to everything. 2+2? Fried chicken. A train leaves Chicago traveling at 60, what time is the Bachelorette on? Red velvet cake in mass quantities.

Beyond that, many staff rooms are a huge source of negativity where teachers talk badly about students, their families and each other. I almost always eat in my room or in the cafe with the kids. (With a lunch I made myself. Have you SEEN what they feed these kids??)

Two: Work out at school as often as humanly possible.

I have a SmartBoard with a projector and some external speakers for my laptop to play my TurboFire DVD's at least 3 days a week. If I'm not in a meeting, I'm sweating it on my ABC's carpet. We also have a girls running club as well. I found I never wanted to get back up once I hit the couch at home. I even suckered some of my colleagues into joining me. They knew if the door was closed and the music was loud, then they'd better put on their tennies and jump around with me if they wanted to talk.

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7/22/14 12:55 P

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I read an article about a year or two ago about a very simple way to reduce stress and unhealthy responses to my stress. It is fairly basic and simple. I plan for 30 second breaks throughout the day - might be the 30 seconds between classes, the 30 seconds when you head into the bathroom, or just take a few moments when particularly stressed. During that time, close your eyes if possible but it isn't necessary. Think about ONE thing you are grateful for (on particularly stressful day it might be hard to think of something so it can be as simple as "I am grateful that this day will be over in X minutes"), then ask for patience to deal with everyone you encounter in a loving, kind, and fair manner without losing your patience. Go about your day and schedule these breaks frequently throughout the day as needed, opening your eyes and moving forward momentarily refreshed.

I thought it sounded ridiculous but miraculously that SMALL change in my schedule especially with my really stressful middle school, special ed teaching, in a situation where many of my students are super aggressive and sometimes violent, IT WORKED and over time, I needed fewer and fewer of those breaks, because my attitude and my approach toward even the most difficult things was more positive and caring and fewer and fewer times did the stress of all the demands really get me down.

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7/22/14 12:41 P

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Unfortunately, I did a lot of cooking, eating, and hitting the wine bottle for the past three years. I need a better solution!

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Exercise! Lots and lots of exercise that involves pool time, weight training, and walking. I also use a lot of humor!

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I get up very early and run or work out before school. It helps me stay calm, and no matter how "bad" my day gets, at least I know I accomplished something!

It helps me to plan ahead as much as possible. I never leave school until I am prepared to walk in the door the next day, all set to go.



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I set aside time in the morning to do a workout before getting ready for school. That seems to help center myself for the day. Plus I try to prioritize what tasks are important to accomplish for the day. Taking deep breaths, taking walks to cool off or going to talk to one of my close co-workers and venting to them. Hope these tips help.

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Deep breathing, taking a walk and cooling off, letting parents know right away if student is not behaving appropriately.

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Deep breaths during the time of negative stimulus, calling parents when students are unruly using a calm tone, and working out (yoga for meditation) helps.

Pace yourself daily and do what you can. Teachers are not miracle workers.

Since I choose to EAT right and DRINK right, I suppose you could say I LIVE right!

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7/14/14 10:34 P

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The thing I found most helpful was to find a way to "center" myself during moments of stress. Deep breaths, expression of gratitude, and then move forward with a positive attitude. Also, I take time for a decompression chamber after work each day - I go to pool for water aerobics and exercise and then relax before heading home. Serenity and peace are essential to keeping me balanced. The job by definition is stressful and challenging, meditation and relaxation are important and exercise is critical . . . oh yeah, and HEALTHY eating habits with planned snacks and enough sleep will also help,

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7/14/14 4:09 P

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If you don't have a mentor ask questions of experienced teachers or teachers you trust.
I would suggest walking the halls for 10 min. after students leave if you can or during lunch. You don't have to do it all at once. I find that if I wait to exercise when I get home it doesn't happen. If I walk around the halls or neighborhood where my school is then it's out of the way. There is always more to do so you have to prioritize what has to be done. The rest will still be there. 30 years later the work hasn't seemed to lessen although some things do get easier.


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A lot depends on what you teach and with whom you teach. If you don't have a supportive mentor during the first 3 years, in my opinion, you are struggling no matter what.



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In my first year of teaching, I put on 100lbs due to my inability to cope with the stress and demands of the job. How do you do it?

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