Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Resilience : what you need to know about personal wellbeing


D Ferguson


Teachers have the power to makes changes in their lives and work and to foster their own wellbeing by moving from their comfort zones into their courage zones. Although stress is part of life and part of our experiences, if unmanaged stress is allowed to build up the more pressure we feel. The choices are to let the stress overwhelm us and deplete our wellbeing and relationships or to develop our skills to cope and move on to building a happier, healthier and more productive life. Resiliency skills can be developed to manage stress and the more reserves we have, the better the buffer for when times are tough. The mind can be trained just as a body can: individuals have the power to switch negative thoughts to positive ones. They should invest in their resilience and wellbeing to enjoy the long-term benefits for themselves and all of their relationships. [Author abstract, ed]

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