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Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful

Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It never ceases to amaze me when I’m faced with the reality of how easily I lose sight of the truth – I catch myself stressing out over something silly, even though I know better.  And I know I’m not alone in my forgetfulness.  So much happens in our lives – so much chaos and distraction – that we often forget the important things we learned long ago.  Busy days and demanding obligations have a tendency to put our minds on autopilot, making us more reactive and less mindful every step of the way.

Therefore, some of life’s most important lessons need to be reviewed to be remembered.
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How to Handle Stress in the Moment

How to Handle Stress in the Moment | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Silence the negative voice in your head.

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Eileen Easterly's curator insight, January 22, 2015 9:44 AM

We often get tips on how to handle stress -- in the future -- but what do you do when it's happening right now? This article helps give you some solid ideas of how to handle stress at work while you are feeling it the most!

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attn School leaders

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Beat Work Stress - WJHG-TV

Beat Work Stress - WJHG-TV | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Beat Work Stress
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We all feel a little work stress from time to time. It's hard to avoid, but not so hard to control if you know a few tricks. Scott Bea is a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic.

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Eileen Easterly's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:40 AM

One great tip here - spread out brief moments of stress relieving actitives throughout the day.

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Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair

Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When a friend started her job at a big company, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside.Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of relationships
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This is valuable and has so many good points for  the size of the article. I like the insights embedded in the tips as well. I wonder how often educators get in these situations. We have mentors, collaborative teacher/partners (inclusive classrooms), teacher teams, etc. Then there is the high stress of the off/on nature. There are various ways to blow-off steam. Having something in common around work can give the appearance that you have "more things in common" than your own spouse. And, in education, as it is with many other careers, the time spent at work usually adds up to more than the time we spend (awake) at home. "Temptations are a part of life"--as the song goes-- but so many songs focus on fun and intrigue rather than happiness. 

It's something to think about. 

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Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health

Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
it’s often counterproductive to think of emotions as solely “positive” or “negative,” but instead to ask yourself, “Am I responding to this emotion in a constructive or destructive way?”
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author's insight: "The mind is a very complex and interesting thing. While many of the things discussed in this article can be dangerous and destructive in high doses, they can also be healthy and constructive to embrace every now and then. I highly recommend checking out the book The Upside of Your Dark Side if you’d like to learn more."

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

 
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There's a lot of good advice in this article. It's excellent for dealing with toxic people, but it is also good for avoiding burnout when in any stressful job position. This is especially good for educators of all kinds.

 

If you were ever looking for emotional skills and social skills, this is a great list of those people need to learn (and to continually practice) in order to maintain healthy resilience: The skills can just as easily replace the word "they" with "resilient people..."

 

They Set Limits (Especially with Complainers)


They Don’t Die in the Fight


They Rise Above


They Stay Aware of Their Emotions


They Establish Boundaries


They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy


They Don't Focus on Problems—Only Solutions


They Don’t Forget


They Squash Negative Self-Talk


They Get Some Sleep


They Limit Their Caffeine Intake


They Use Their Support System


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5 Reasons to be Less Materialistic

New studies in psychology are showing some of the negative effects of being too materialistic in our beliefs and attitude.
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There are various ways to interact with this essay against materialism. Is it informative, persuasive? 

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