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Tired? Exhausted? I hear you.

ID-10089545As a teacher, and like many teachers I know, I find that I am often feeling exhausted. (Image: imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.Net)

The first chapter of Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project’, suggests the following:

  • Go to sleep earlier (ensure that you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night)
  • Exercise (go for a walk, there are also great (free) apps that you can download e.g. The 7 minute workout)
  • Organise the clutter in your house
  • Tackle the nagging tasks that you always leave to do later
  • Act more energetic

Click here for more tips from Gretchen Rubin.

Things that also help me:

  • Listen to your favourite upbeat song while you’re getting ready and/or on your way to/from work
  • Stop complaining about how tired you are – it only brings yourself and others down.
  • Ensure you allow time in your day to relax and shut off from work – it might be an hour before you go to bed to watch a TV show or getting up an hour earlier to go for a walk or read the paper.
  • Take time out to read for pleasure.
  • If you have lunch to prepare, prepare it the night before.
  • Laugh out loud.
  • Be realistic and break tasks down into smaller jobs
  • Remember that it is okay to ask for help
  • Remember that not everything has to be perfect
  • Be nice to everyone around you
  • Make time to talk to positive family members or friends
  • Find something nice in every student in your class.
  • Think about the happiest moment in your day, every day.
  • Make peace with the fact that a teacher’s work is NEVER done.

Gretchen Rubin also talks about energizers and de-energizers in her blog. Click here to read about energizers and de-energizers and take the test!

Do you have any tips or tricks that help you when you’re tired and feeling run down?


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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project‘The Happiness Project’ is a book by Gretchen Rubin which I received for my birthday in January this year.

If you are looking for a new book to read – I strongly suggest this one (if you generally steer clear of the stereotypical self-help books, don’t worry, this is not one of them).

Since the moment I began  to read this book, it  motivated me, not only in my personal life, but also in my professional life.

Being happy is something that is really important to me. When we are happy we are better friends, parents, daughters, sons, wives, husbands, teachers and ultimately better people. There are so many quotes about happiness, below is a list of my top five:

  • “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama.
  • “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be” – Abraham Lincoln.
  • “ I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For  I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our disposition” – Martha Washington
  • “The purpose of our lives is to be happy” – Dalai Lama
  • “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself” – Alice Walker.

While genetics and life circumstances play a large role in our level of happiness, how a person thinks and acts can make a big difference. So how does this relate to teaching, you might ask? Well, I’d like you to think about how you act and think while you’re at work.

In her book, Gretchen Rubin helps you to achieve the following (and much more):

  • Do you greet your work colleagues in a friendly and upbeat manner each morning?
  • Do you smile at others as you pass them in the hall?
  • Do you act energetic even when you feel exhausted?
  • Do you complain a lot?
  • Do you expect praise or appreciation?
  • Do you ask for help?
  • Do you work smart?
  • Are you afraid of failure?
  • Do you enjoy the moment?
  • Do you find time to be silly?
  • Do you find time for fun?
  • Are you generous?
  • Are you grateful?
  • Do you laugh out loud?
  • Do you use good manners?
  • Are you positive?

The list is full of simple ideas. This year, Gretchen Rubin, has inspired me to work on many things, however these are my top three:

  1. Not expecting praise or appreciation – I have come to the realisation that, like Gretchen  Rubin, I like to receive gold stars, a pat on the back, for my good efforts. This year I’m going to try to not rely on or want a gold star, I want to feel the satisfaction from the task itself and not rely on others for my happiness – happiness is going to come from myself!
  2. Acting more energetic – I am going to strive to act energetic even on those days when I feel as though I don’t have the energy to get out of bed in the morning. ‘We often feel because of the way we act’ – Gretchen Rubin.
  3. Tackle nagging tasks – We so often put nagging or annoying tasks that need to be done to the side and they then cause us more worry than they actually should. I want to tackle those tasks as soon as I can, instead of putting them in a ‘do later’ pile.

As a new school year is drawing nearer, think about how you can be a happier person, and therefore, the best teacher you can be.

Less and More

What will you work on in 2014 to be happier?


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