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Keep motivated throughout the school year with these 5 tips!

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 13:22
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It’s a new school year and you’re feeling refreshed, but like any other September, back to school stress triggers are close at hand. Between prep work, extracurricular activities, spending time with family and friends, and personal hobbies it can be hard to keep up.

So what can you do to keep yourself focused and motivated throughout the school year? We have five tips to help keep you on track:

1. Set aside “me time” in your schedule.

Designating assigned time to wind down, take a breather, and simply relax gives your mind and body a break from the busy adventures a work day brings you. What helps you relax most? A good book, yoga, gardening, going through old photo albums? Whatever your go-to relaxation method may be, make it a priority by putting it in your daily planner and setting time aside for it regularly.

2. Create a daily mantra.

Often hear others saying daily mantras aloud? For example, “today is going to be a good day.” Keeping motivated throughout the year can be challenging, but when you have a personal mantra you can reflect on and share with others you pave the way for a positive outlook. Write it down, share it, post it on your classroom wall, and let others know they can share it too!

3. Schedule regular walk/run time with a teacher friend(s).

Connect with a fellow teacher friend to share conversation, laughs and struggles while getting active. There’s no better way to share and learn from others while boosting energy and getting those feel-good endorphins flowing.

4. Surround yourself with positive vibes and people.

In the midst of planning, developing, marking, prioritizing, goal setting, and downright life living, negative vibes have a way of seeping through the cracks. We’ve all been there, a negative conversation or unhappy camper stirring up the pot, but eliminating negative vibes doesn’t have to be complex, make it a priority and part of your daily regimen. For example, support reflection in difficult conversations, approach strong opinions with an open mind and approach challenges head on.

5. Look for new opportunities to develop your skills.

Nothing sparks motivation like a new learning opportunity! As an educator you’re naturally motivated and used to implementing quality learning experiences for others, why not reverse the role? Seek a new course or class that will support you in further developing your skills and keeping your intellectual wheel in motion.

The 2016 Ophea Conference is a great opportunity to support developing your skills, and includes PD sessions to support H&PE and healthy, active living program implementation. Furthermore, the conference ends with a well-being session which will give you the opportunity to learn mindfulness and physical activity strategies to support your well-being!

A new school year is exciting but does have its fair share of stresses. It’s important that you make YOU a priority. Whether it’s a personal self-care routine, positive mantra, getting active with a friend or enriching your life with positivity, keeping motivated is possible.