Posts Tagged ‘burnout’

Thriving Through Fatigue

The Long Road Ahead: Thriving Through Fatigue

The Pandemic is not a financial recession: it is a fast-paced economic transformation. We’re transforming our companies into low-touch, high-safety businesses and we’re doing it a light speed.

We’re hyper-engaged digitally, yet highly stressed emotionally.

The most stressed part of the workforce is now young families, working mothers, and single employees working at home – and despite the online yoga classes and bread-baking videos, people are just tired.

Fatigue Management is what wins or loses wars.

  • Reduce workload by clarifying goals.
  • Create cadence and recovery cycles in the business.
  • CEO-level focus is needed
  • Take time off to rest, walk, and exercise every day. Stand up and walk around.
  • Turn off the TV and stop watching Twitter.
  • Take it slow. Don’t carry to heavy a load: you’ll get more done if you pace yourself over time.
  • If you’re a manager, help show people what “not to do.” Help people find focus, and don’t waste their time.
  • Turn off your Zoom camera and shorten meetings to 15 minutes if you can. Stop every meeting early.
  • Tell your team to take a week off. And don’t email while they’re gone. Things will be fine when they come back, and work will resume better than ever.
  • Be patient with your colleagues, peers, and yourself. People always want to do the best – right now it may just take a little more time.
  • Have some empathy for leadership. They are tired too. Ask them how they’re doing and let them know you care.

mindfulness school teachers

Effects of Mindfulness Training on School Teachers’ Self-Reported Personality Traits As Well As Stress and Burnout Levels

March 2020  Perceptual and Motor Skills 127(3):003151252090870 DOI: 10.1177/0031512520908708

Abstract
Among a sample of only female school teachers, we compared a mindfulness meditation (MM) training group (n = 19) with a waiting-list control group (n = 20) on several participant-completed questionnaires: the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Big Five Personality Inventory, the Teacher Stress Inventory, and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. With these measures, we assessed the participants’ dispositional mindfulness, personality styles, and their stress and burnout. Following mindfulness training, teachers in the MM group showed higher trait mindfulness and conscientiousness and lower neuroticism and stress and burnout levels than teachers in the waiting-list control group. These results support the beneficial role of MM in individuals’ effective management of stressful conditions in the workplace.

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Demoralization

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-11-19-many-frustrated-teachers-say-it-s-not-burnout-it-s-demoralization

Bowdoin College education chair Doris Santoro, author of the book “Demoralized,” define the concept in moral terms.  systemic pressures, such as top-down initiatives or punitive evaluation systems, can deplete teacher autonomy. As a result, teachers may feel they can no longer tap into what “makes their work morally good,”

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screen time and mental health

At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This

Anya Kamenetz and Chloee Weiner Jun 30

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/53910/at-your-wits-end-with-a-screen-obsessed-kid-read-this

The relationship between teens, screens and mental health is complex and multidirectional

Abby’s mom has sent her articles about research linking teen depression and suicide to screen use. A 2017 article in The Atlantic magazine — “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” — drew a link between negative trends in teens’ mental health and the rise of smartphones and social media.

The negative relationship between teens’ mental health and technology use is real — but tiny, the researchers found. “A teenager’s technology use can only predict less than 1% of variation in well-being. It’s so small that it’s surpassed by whether a teenager wears glasses to school.”

How to strike a balance? To start, try mentoring, not monitoring

Heitner’s work emphasizes a concept that’s also put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its guidelines for parents: media mentoring.

Look for the good in your kids’ media interests

For Benji, Minecraft is a social space where he plays with other kids and pulls pranks. He says he wishes his parents understood more about his screen use — “why it’s entertaining and why we want to do it. And also, for YouTube, why I watch other people playing games. When you watch sports, you’re watching another person playing a game! Why is it so different when you’re watching a person play a video game?”

Work together as a family to make changes.

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end of year burnout

End of Year Burnout: How to Finish the Marathon in Stride

Four tips for how to keep going strong all the way to the end of the year.
By Maurice J. Elias May 20, 2014

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/end-of-year-burnout-how-to-finish-stride-maurice-elias

Cary Cherniss, whose book Beyond Burnout

1. Reconnect your kids and with your kids: Not your students—your kids.

2. Share your interests: Talk to them about things that interest you.

3. Talk about the summer

4. Engage and encourage their aspirations and dreams

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Ready to quit? Practical advice for when burnout takes hold

By: Lauren Hamby

https://newspring.cc/articles/ready-to-quit-practical-advice-for-when-burnout-takes-hold

Five Ways to Fight Burnout at Work

1. Remember your purpose.

2. Be intentional about who you spend time with.

3. Ask for help if you need it.

4. Be a lifelong learner.

5. Rest.

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5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout

https://topnotchteaching.com/classroom-management-organisation/tips-to-avoid-teacher-stress-and-burnout/

1. Bust Teacher Burnout with a Mental Health Day

2. Better Boundaries Help Stop Teacher Burnout

3. Be Realistic to Avoid Burnout

4. Practice Good Mental Health Habits Daily

5. Be Aware of Your Stress and Stop It Fast

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10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

By Ben Johnson April 22, 2014
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/ten-tips-to-avoid-teacher-burnout-ben-johnson

STEP #1) HAVE FUN DAILY WITH YOUR STUDENTS

STEP #2) TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH

STEP #3) LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR STUDENTS

STEP #4) HELP ANOTHER TEACHER

STEP #5) MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY

STEP #6) LIGHTEN UP

STEP #7) BE A SCIENTIST

STEP #8) LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE

STEP #9) REDECORATE

STEP #10) TRUST STUDENTS MORE

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more on burnout in this IMS blog
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mindfulness teachers

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/02/26/3-misconceptions-about-educator-self-care.html
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How Mindfulness Can Help Teachers and Students Manage Challenging Situations

Patricia C. Broderick May 1

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/53306/how-mindfulness-can-help-teachers-and-students-manage-challenging-situations

Mindfulness in the Secondary Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Adolescents,” (c) 2019 by Patricia C. Broderick. Used with permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company.

Many of the risky and potentially dangerous behaviors of adolescents—​procrastination, disruptiveness, disordered eating, cutting, drinking, violence, taking drugs, technological addiction, and so on—​have a common denominator. They likely involve avoiding unpleasant emotional experience by trying to make it go away. The extent to which we do this is a measure of our distress tolerance (García-​Oliva & Piqueras, 2016; Simons & Gaher, 2005). We all have our limits, but individuals who are highly intolerant of distress and unable to cope adaptively have quick triggers and are more likely to suffer from a range of psychological and behavioral problems (Zvolensky & Hogan, 2013).

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