Teachers, Are You Being Mindful?

As a teacher, how well do you look after yourself?

I’ve mentioned before how much of an advocate for teacher wellbeing I am.

Teaching is a demanding job. One filled with passionate individuals who often overlook themselves in order to support their students and deliver awesome lessons.

I’ve wanted to mention a great initiative started by some teachers on Twitter for some time now. An initiative to encourage us as teachers to take time and be accountable for taking that time to look after ourselves.

It’s a simple Twitter hashtag: #teachfit. Not sure what a hashtag is? Click here.

#teachfit is a place where teachers can check in and let the group know how they are going with their fitness goals and more often than not, get some encouraging feedback for their efforts. People have shared inspirational and motivational quotes, articles, exercise apps, recipes. We’ve had our encouragement Storify – ed.

The #teachfit hashtag has been building momentum since January when I was looking for ways to get motivated to do more exercise before heading full on into a day of teaching. I wanted to become more mindful of all my habits: eating, exercise, emotional reactions. A core group of us @Madiganda, @torkee and @shhartley worked together initially to encourage each other to meet our fitness goals and from there it grew.

Now it has a nice little coreĀ (excuse the pun) group of followers who check in as often as they can. Almost 30.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep expanding the group?

My purpose for writing this today is not only to make you aware of the power of a PLN in helping you to achieve professional and personal goals but to also take the time to acknowledge the efforts of my fellow Teach-fitters and their efforts over the past six months and to ask you, how well do you look after yourself as a teacher? Are you mindful of your health each day? If so, that is fantastic. If not, how can we help?

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