Keys to Emotional Health

Teachers spend so much time giving, but face it we work with students. Sometimes their moods (and bad habits) can rub off on us. Here are some reminders I've been contemplating for keeping my own emotional health.

Take care of your emotional health

An emotionally unhealthy teacher is an obstacle to good teaching! We are all going to have stresses and problems, but we can choose HOW we deal with the problems.

Here are just a few of the reminders that I give to myself about staying emotionally healthy. These are some of the things that I've found that help me!

My Keys to emotional health

1) Don't hold grudges.

“Grudges are like hand grenades. it is wise to release them before they destroy you.” Barbara Johnson

2) There is a difference between doing your best and trying to be the best

3) Be exciting

“Life is too short to be angry, bored, or dull.” Barbara Johnson

4) Do not worry

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom

5) Give of yourself

“The measure of life, after all, is not its duration but its donation.” Corrie ten Boom

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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