Monday, May 11, 2015

Episode 55: The Mindful School Leader

How do you handle to stress?

 Does this sound like you? Maybe you just feel that way at times, which is certainly common in our overwhelming roles as school leaders. But, it doesn't have to be!

In this episode, the #principalpln crew have an amazing discussion with the authors of The Mindful School LeaderKirsten Olson and Val Brown share their amazing wisdom with us on the importance of mindfulness for school leaders and how we can get started.  We felt a sense of peace and calm come over us just in listening to them speak!

We highly recommend you read the book, but until it arrives you can start with these recommendations from Val and Kirsten:

  1. You eat a meal every day...choose one meal to really taste your food. Put down your devices and taste your food!
  2. Look at the sky.
  3. At times throughout the day, stop and notice your breathing.
  4. Make a commitment for 10 minutes of alone time in your office.
  5. Schedule these things so they become routine.

Do you have your own tips to share with being mindful or just taking care of yourself so you can be a better leader? Or are you (like us) a work in progress and just starting your path to mindfulness? Share your comments below or tweet your tips/reflections/progress using #principalpln.

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