And so 2016 is here. I can’t believe it – seriously 2015 flew by and before we know it, summer will be knocking on our doors (I will gladly open it!). To say exhaustion had taken over my body right before winter break is an understatement (can someone tell me how moms do it and still function?). Anyways, a few years ago I was going through some major life changes and more than once felt I just could not handle it anymore. I read a lot, went to therapy (a L.O.T) and tried to rewire my brain in a way. So, fast forward to the end of 2015: I re-opened some books and asked myself several questions. I could not help but look back at the year and think about things I would like to replicate.
As teachers, we ask our students to reflect on their learning often, and while I do reflect on my teaching practice, I was left wondering how can I make my life feel purposeful, meaningful and less stressful. In other words, how can I start the new year with a positive mindset. While I am not a psychologist, I can tell you the most valuable piece of advice I received was to take ‘a day at a time’ (and sometimes it has to be an hour, or a minute at a time). How many times we create movies, problems or scenarios in our minds that never end up happening? Take it as it comes…you will be more equipped to deal with the present.
I also suggest you think about what motivates you and what your best abilities are. Use that to your advantage. Lesson planning is not my fave and I tend to leave it for Sunday night. BIG MISTAKE. It is plain torture. Organization motivates me, being active motivates me; therefore, if I plan on Saturday or a little bit on Thursday and Friday, I will not only feel less anxious on Sunday, but being organized will help me fit in a walk (or two) with my dogs.
What about having a positive attitude? NO ONE (I have yet to meet someone) loves being around a negative person. Think about your responses and tally how many times a day you complain or see the ‘glass half-empty.’
Finally, be kind. Kindness is such a lost art. It will make your heart happy and will brighten the day to those around you (even if they do not say thank-you). Be grateful.
What other tips or suggestions do you have for starting the year with a positive mindset? I would love to read your answers in the ‘comments’ section.