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I was twiddling my thumbs. Having resigned from my position as principal in a private school a number of years ago, I thought I’d have enough to keep myself as busy as I wanted to be. I was certified to teach language therapy to students with dyslexia or other reading issues, I taught mindfulness to children, parents, and adults to help them learn to reduce stress and anxiety, I was …

Stress has proven to have a huge impact on the body and how it impacts the aging process. Yet, people can practice strategies to reduce the impact of stress, and even repair the damage previously done by prior stressful situations. Dr Elisa Epel has done quite a bit of research on the topic and she shares her knowledge through speaking engagements and books she has written. Dr. Epel mentions retreats …

Self-compassion is a topic that is neither given enough time nor energy. It’s so easy to lose patience with yourself during times of stress and frustration, failing to offer either the tolerance or compassion both deserved and required. Yet, this is a prime example of exactly what we need. We tend to tell ourselves that we’re not enough. Not smart enough, popular enough, or in possession of whatever else we …

When was the last time you said thank you to the people who made a difference in your life? And, do you realize just how many people have offered assistance along the way? Do you realize that teamwork is what made the difference for you? There is no “I” in TEAM Shawn Achor’s book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, spends quite …

I am not a jock. A bad back was the reason my doctor mandated my withdrawal from physical education classes beginning in the seventh grade, so I didn’t have that high school experience of team or individual sports. As an adult, I have participated in one type of exercise after another, but, again, I show up and kind of do my best; still, it’s not exactly my thing. So, why …

We all have times when we need to take a step back; in fact, we just feel we need a few moments for ourselves. A sadness or frustration seems to overtake us, and we need time to realign ourselves. Never fear; this is within the range of normal. In fact, we should allow ourselves to notice how we feel, realize how those thoughts and feelings are impacting our bodies, and …

While the holidays can allow much time for fun and adventure, it is also a time that many squander by the spiraling of negative thinking. People start ruminating about what they had meant to accomplish during the year, whom will be missed during special gatherings, or what hadn’t gone exactly as they had imagined. Rather than letting yourself become involved in unconstructive “yapping” of your brain, it might be a …

As an educator, I’ve always loved being inspired by children. When they speak, it may sometimes be a challenge to work my way to the true heart of what they are really trying to communicate, but it’s always well worth the time it takes to do so. Addressing a concern from a student One particularly important experience for me, as a teacher, occurred when a fourth grade boy suggested that …

  While my background is K-8 schooling, I recently attended a conference aimed toward college-age faculty, students, and environments. Offering copies of The Empowered Teacher: Proven Tips for Classroom Success, attendees asked questions about the information included in the book, and questioned the applicability of the subject matter. The overwhelming response proved that, while one might presume that the issues facing these different demographics would be unalike, responses from participants …

Every so often we all need to give it a rest. To regroup or recharge, taking a break is essential. What the experts say Dr Sandra Chapman at University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth tells us that the Power of None, time spent with the goal of completely quieting your mind, leads to increased creativity. That means disconnecting from all technology, removing oneself from any conversations, refraining from …