Teachers: One Simple Way To Release Stress
Being a former elementary teacher, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the profession. I’ve continued to work with teachers for the past several years since leaving the classroom in 2010, and recently, I’ve had a deep desire to make an impact. I see teachers sacrificing their own mind and body health and it’s just not necessary.
As a professional hypnotist and transformation mentor for women, my passion is to help teachers, not from a ‘teacher’ perspective (they already get enough of that!), but from a ‘human’ perspective.
Teachers can live healthy, happy, and harmonious, experiencing a personal life that brings them joy, and transforming the classroom into an environment that serves both them and their students.
As I look back on my teaching career, I am flooded with so many wonderful memories. The relationships with my kids, the ‘light bulb’ moments they had, being able to teach them more than what I was ‘required' to do, showing them that labels don’t matter, having fun, talking about life, empowering them to dream and believe in themselves… it was all so amazing.
However, I also remember moments that could have been handled better by me. Situations, where if I would have been more connected with myself and my own emotions, why I was responding (or reacting) in a certain way, things would have turned out differently. Teachers are ’trained’ to have control of the classroom and when that control is challenged, teachers are going to respond/react a specific way because of their internal programming. Staff meetings? Parents? Administration? 🤦🏻♀️The way you respond to everything has to do with your internal programming.
“Toxic stress starts as decreased productivity and creativity, escalating to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. Roughly half a million U.S. teachers leave the profession each year – a turnover rate of over 20 percent.” ~Mindful Schools
I didn’t know it at the time, but my own internal programming caused me to say things, do things, and take action based on my beliefs, experiences, emotional wounds, and pain throughout my life. And when the demands of teaching, in and of itself, are added to this mix, it can get pretty ugly at times.
I didn’t know what I didn’t know… and not knowing that every experience in my life was recorded in my subconscious mind, a computer program if you will, led me to near destruction in my teaching career, and in my personal life.
Your emotions, beliefs, life experiences, values, and perhaps past trauma/pain, dictate how you manage your classroom, handle disruptive students and respond to everything that occurs during a school day… actually all day, every day, but that is for another post.
I’ve spent the past few years learning about the mind, how it works, rules of the mind, universal laws, mindfulness, meditation, and even more importantly, how the subconscious mind is the ruler of all decisions, actions and responses. It is the captain of your ship, and by ship, I mean your life.
Being aware of the power of your subconscious mind, learning how to rewire what is needing to be rewired (some of your wiring is great), and committing to your emotional self, can greatly impact your career as a teacher. The old saying comes to me, “If I knew then what I know now”… wow, I can only imagine what kind of teacher I would have been.
We do what we know, and we respond/react in the way that we do because of the programming we have. I have forgiven myself, which took a lot of internal work, and have now dedicated my entrepreneurial career/business to bring awareness of the power of the mind, especially helping teachers transform their internal self so they can transform their classrooms.
I found practicing mindfulness, meditation, journaling and other tools I use that rewire your subconscious mind, supports my own well-being, personally and professionally. I ended up discovering the missing ‘peace’ and tools for my own life, and now I am on a mission, it is my passion, to help other women, especially teachers.
The practice of mindfulness, or using any of the tools I use, is never a "cure-all," but rather the foundation for building upon. By using these tools, daily, you can completely change your life. Live every day in the joy, the calm and the happiness that we all deserve. Yes, teachers, even you!
Teachers who practice “mindfulness” are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout, according to a new (2013) study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at UW–Madison’s Waisman Center.