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Self-Compassion Tips to Boost Wellbeing  Thanks @swcareer

Self-Compassion Tips to Boost Wellbeing  Thanks @swcareer | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
How to use self-compassion to increase resilience, motivation, satisfaction and reduce caregiver and therapist burnout a la Dr Kristin Neff.
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It is important that helping professionals take care of themselves. This blog post gives some tips for self-care that are a little different. 
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How Herbs Improve Your Health [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How Herbs Improve Your Health [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Infographic on health benefits and best storage methods for herbs
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Healthy diets lead to healthy minds!
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The Biggest Reason You Don't Accomplish More (And How to Fix It)

The Biggest Reason You Don't Accomplish More (And How to Fix It) | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Frustrated because there's never enough time in the day to get stuff done? Find out why you and your employees don't accomplish more - and how to fix it.
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New ideas come to us daily about what we could do.  But do we need to do them all right now- especially in times of limited resources.  Thoughtful implementation is important for any idea- even if it means waiting. 
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What I Learned From Keeping a Gratitude Journal

What I Learned From Keeping a Gratitude Journal | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
The idea of a gratitude journal is worthy; the commitment, difficult.
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What are you grateful for?  Do you write it down?  
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Preventing staff burnout by providing supports every day

Preventing staff burnout by providing supports every day | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Drawing on available research and theory, we stress that, while periodic "morale boosters" are nice, what school staff need is greater systematic attention to enhancing the quality of daily life at school. From an intrinsic motivational perspective, the need is for supports that minimize threats to and that enhance positive feelings of competence, self-determination, and connectedness to significant others. A few examples of what schools can do immediately include: • inducting newcomers in a welcoming, socially supportive way • transforming working conditions by opening classroom doors and creating appropriate teams of staff and students who support, nurture, and learn from each other every day • transforming inservice training into personalized staff development and support from first induction into a school through ongoing capacity building • restructuring school governance to enable shared decision-making. School support staff can play a crucial role in designing strategies to support staff and students and help create a caring, learning environment. Particular attention needs to be paid to enhancing a strong collegial and social support structure and meaningful ways to participate in decision making for staff (and students). The aim should be to ensure that all those at the school experience it as a place where they believe they can succeed, feel supported
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This resource offers ideas on how to address burnout as a system.  Great to share with a wellness committee or administrator. 
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The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader - Lolly Daskal | Leadership | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Leaders face a lot of issues but one thing they will struggle with is sometimes staying positive. Being a leader is all about balance. You have to be
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While this is targeted towards leaders, this can be applied to all educators.
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Business Is Personal - And That's a Good Thing

The sooner we recognize the personal and human side of business, the more freedom we have to build organizations with passion and purpose.
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(Substitute business owner with school social worker or educator in this blog.) Letting go is difficult. It might be a difficult student, a way of doing things, or a set of beliefs.  But sometimes, we have to adopt new practices and mindsets in order to be more effective.  What beliefs and practices do you hold on to?   Is it time to let go?
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How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Here are some solid tips for increasing your ability to focus at work when the entirety of the internet is waiting to distract you.
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Technology can help or hinder us.  Here are some good considerations and strategies.
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Overwhelmed with Too Many To-Dos? A Way To Organize

Overwhelmed with Too Many To-Dos? A Way To Organize | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Most business leaders are overwhelmed by their To Do lists. Here are 4 compartments that reduce to-do stress and free up your time to focus on priority tasks.
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An interesting way to organize your work.  Could this be applied to an educator's job?  If so, how?
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SW Coloring Sheets #dailysswscoop

SW Coloring Sheets #dailysswscoop | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
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Many people find coloring relaxing.  These SW inspired sheets might be a great way to de-stress. 
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Secondary Traumatic Stress | National Child Traumatic Stress Network - #dailysswscoop

Secondary Traumatic Stress | National Child Traumatic Stress Network - #dailysswscoop | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Each year more than 10 million children in the United States endure the trauma of abuse, violence, natural disasters, and other adverse events. These experiences can give rise to significant emotional and behavioral problems that can profoundly disrupt the children’s lives and bring them in contact with child-serving systems. For therapists, child welfare workers, case managers, and other helping professionals involved in the care of traumatized children and their families, the essential act of listening to trauma stories may take an emotional toll that compromises professional functioning and diminishes quality of life. Individual and supervisory awareness of the impact of this indirect trauma exposure—referred to as secondary traumatic stress (STS)—is a basic part of protecting the health of the worker and ensuring that children consistently receive the best possible care from those who are committed to helping them. o edit the content
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We live is stressful times.  Some of us deal with traumatic situations.  This gives a way to think and talk about those experiences and seek ways to cope. 
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How to Build Mental Strength (Even If You’re Overwhelmed)

How to Build Mental Strength (Even If You’re Overwhelmed) | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
How to Build Mental Strength (Even If You’re Overwhelmed) < key CBT based strength-building tips plus review of Amy Morin's course
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How do your thoughts impact your feelings and work?  Once in a while, we need to sit back reflect.  It not only helps us, but it models good SEL for our kids.

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8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People

8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Toxic people poison those around them, and gain satisfaction from creating disorganization and a stressful atmosphere.
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While not targeted towards educators, these are great tips for anyone!

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Let’s Talk About Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Let’s Talk About Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Helping professionals do an excellent job of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness. However, when we look in the mirror, we are not quite as good at applying those same stigma-fighting and self-compassion principles. There is a tendenc
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Working with stressed kids doesn't come without battle scars. It is so important that we take care of ourselves. 
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Headed for Burnout? Do Less!

Headed for Burnout? Do Less! | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
If your leadership team is constantly overwhelmed and facing burnout, you may be trying to do too much. Find out the secret to doing more by doing less.
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In public education, we have so many mandates.  But does your district really separate what is absolutely necessary legally, from best practice and/or "nice"?  What processes are in place that facilitate "the small stuff" quickly?
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Why Taking Breaks At Work Actually Makes You More Productive [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Why Taking Breaks At Work Actually Makes You More Productive [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Taking regular breaks can actually make you more productive at work.
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How do you, as an educator, schedule breaks for yourself and your students?
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The Positive Impact Massages Have On Your Health [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Positive Impact Massages Have On Your Health [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Here are some reasons you should make time for massage therapy.
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This infographic shows the benefits of massage.
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How Much Cardio Does it Take to Burn Off a Big Mac? [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How Much Cardio Does it Take to Burn Off a Big Mac? [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Thinking about how much exercise you'd have to do to burn the calories from junk food is a smart move.
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Many people eat when anxious.  Would it be better to exercise?
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Employee Engagement

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Employee Engagement | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
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I have said this for years.  Setting high standards for educators with them worrying about their job stability doesn't lead to engaged thinking.  We are seeing more and more people in education becoming more and more discouraged due to unrealistic expectations, lower wages, fear of job loss and poor media coverage.  We are also seeing systems that are not engaging in appropriate and needed problem solving. 
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What Happened When I Gave Up Multitasking For A Week

What Happened When I Gave Up Multitasking For A Week | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
“ Juggling isn't doing you, or your boss, any favors. So I tried to do just one thing at a time. It was harder than I thought it would be.”
Via Pavel Barta
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Wondering how mono-tasking would be implemented in a school setting.
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Dealing with Dilemma of Working in an Under-Resourced Environment that Conflicts with Your Beliefs of Best Practice

Dealing with Dilemma of Working in an Under-Resourced Environment that Conflicts with Your Beliefs of Best Practice | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Social Work Today
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While this article doesn't give a magic solution, it does underscore the value of creating a support network for collaboration. 
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Chewbacca Mask Lady

Chewbacca Mask Lady response #Chewbacca https://youtu.be/QBJsQDDLGVQ
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When stressed it helps to do something nice for ourselves.  This video shows how one woman gave herself a birthday gift and will put a smile on your face. 
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7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People #dailysswscoop

7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People #dailysswscoop | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Are you working as effectively as your extremely successful peers? If not, there's something you can do about that.
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Great habits to live by.   But yet so easy to forget... What would you say is the most important? 
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iWebU: Web Secret 397: Calm

iWebU: Web Secret 397: Calm | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it

I don't think the world is nuttier today than it was a hundred years ago.

But advances in tech means we are far more aware of the craziness. In fact, unless you live off the grid, you have to make a conscious effort to tune out.

Here comes a cavalry of websites to rescue you:

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Some nice resources that could be used with you and your students. 

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Re-Energize and Provide Best Therapy - SocialWork.Career

Re-Energize and Provide Best Therapy - SocialWork.Career | Managing Stress for Educators | Scoop.it
Practical ways to manage your energy throughout the day so as to provide ethical and/or optimal therapy for your clients, as per Mary Jo Barrett, MSW.
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This is a nice practical and graphic way to look at and manage stress. 

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