Do you find yourself promising that this term is going to be different? That this will be the term that you change your mindset for good and that you finally feel calm and on top of things?
Then this post is written for you!
If you’re anything like me, you started teaching because you wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.
You wanted to laugh, have fun and play all day, whilst teaching the fundamentals to willing and engaged students.
Then you began your teaching journey and the reality of what it really takes to be a GOOD teacher hit you like a ton of bricks.
This is the same story I hear from many of my clients, and one that I resonate with myself.
Naturally, we don’t want to be feeling exhausted, lethargic and sluggish so we try and do something about. We make the decision to change and we decide that next time, things will be different. But it just never seems to stick.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret here, you’re not alone.
And it’s at this point that I want to celebrate you! BIG TIME.
You’ve realised that this isn’t how you want to be showing up anymore. To your students, your family, your friends. And you’re ready to show up for yourself and create a new way of being.
Well beauty, you’ve come to the right place.
By the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be ready to strut into your classroom with a huge smile on your face and positive outlook to boot!
Ok, let’s go…
Mindset hack #1: There’s no endgame
And no, I’m not talking about the Marvel movie here.
I simply mean that there’s no final destination to reach when it comes to your mindset around school. You will never reach a place where you feel eternally calm and in control, with no stress whatsoever. There’s no perfect way to do this.
I want you to let that sink in. (Especially if you’re a recovering perfectionist, like me.) Let that liberate you and allow yourself to breathe out a big sigh of relief.
If there’s no endgame then the whole ride is the destination and you are constantly arriving.
So instead of thinking big picture or ‘rest of your career’, think moment to moment and day to day. Ask yourself these questions:
“How can I best show up for myself TODAY?”
“What can I do TODAY to cultivate calm?”
“How can I support my wellbeing THIS WEEK?”
Showing up for yourself consistently is a constant practice and now that you’re armed with this perspective, I know you can handle it.
Mindset hack #2: Shake it up
Most of us have a way of doing things that suits who we are and that is comfortable for us.
For example, Teacher A gets to work early so that she can feel prepared and organised for the day whereas Teacher B opts for half an hour of extra sleep because that’s what helps herto feel rested and prepared for the day.
There’s no right or wrong in this, just 2 people who know how they like to operate and stick to it.
But what if that way of operating wasn’t working anymore? What if it wasn’t serving them at the same level that it used to?
What if they were both going about their usual routines but not feeling ultimately ready and prepared for their school days.
Us humans are funny things. So often we stick to old patterns and routines because they’re safe, even when we know they’re not working anymore.
I’m here to tell you that if you want a different outcome this term, you’re going to have to do things a little differently. It’s time to shake up the old routine and create your ‘new normal!’
I know that can seem super scary but why not look at it as an e
xperiment rather than a huge life change?!
You could experiment with:
*Reframing any limiting thoughts as they pop up instead of immediately believing them
*Drinking more water throughout the day
*Getting up earlier to spend some time going inward and supporting yourself
*Listening to inspiring podcasts on the way to work instead of listening to the radio
*Taking deep breaths between each class to calm yourself
So, what are you waiting for? Shake up your routine today!
Mindset hack #3: Ditch the lack mentality
So often my clients will say things to me like, ‘Everyone else is so prepared’ or ‘I’m so behind with planning’, yet when I ask them to back these thoughts up with evidence, they’re stumped.
They’ve simply assumed these things and let the accompanying thoughts run rampant in their minds.
Now while I’m certainly not immune to this comparison trap, I’ve become seasoned in dusting off my handy ol’ ladder and climbing my way back out again.
Here’s how I do it:
Recognise that I’ve dipped into comparison
Remind myself that everybody (including me) is doing the best they can
Create a course of action to help me feel on top of things again
BONUS TIP: Log out of social media for a while and focus on doing things that make me feel GOOD
These 3 mindset hacks are going to support you in making this term the best one ever! It’s time to ditch the lack mentality, shake things up a little and remember that life is a continuous practice that you are MORE than capable of living to the fullest.
Want more support to make this term the very best it can be? Find out more about how you can work with me here.