Finding Your Best Energy

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It goes without saying that educators give their all to their craft. They are able to bring the best out of their students and tailor learning for each student based on their strengths, needs, and passions. Educators are often energetic, creative, compassionate, innovative and ambitious. Many times at the end of a school day, teachers can find themselves drained of energy after having given everything to their students. If only there was a way to tap into an unlimited energy source to keep the BEST energy for our students who need it most.

Participants of the Holdsworth cohort work through a Personal Leadership Program based on a five-pillar journey: Purpose, Growth, Self-Realization, Love, and Wisdom. Professor Hitendra Wadhwa of Columbia and the creator of the Personal Leadership Program says “The more you are able to dive within and to understand where you’re thriving and flourishing…it is remarkable how much positive change you can bring in the immediate relationships around you and the disciplined pursuit of your goals.”

At our most recent Holdsworth session, Jill Sharp, Corporate Trainer and Performance Coach, walked through how to find your best energy by being physically healthy. Physical energy is the underlying factor in all five of these Personal Leadership pillars and imperative to personal mastery. The drivers for achieving our best physical energy are Nutrition, Exercise, Movement, Sleep and Deep Breathing.

Many of us have an understanding of what our body needs in each of these areas to achieve our best energy. However, as educators who are unwaveringly committed to serving our students in and outside of the classroom, the knowledge sometimes goes without action. Here are a few tips that are great reminders and are easy to incorporate into a busy schedule for how to keep a high energy level so you can be at your best for those that need you most.

Nutrition

  • Eat right, eat light, eat often (fuel your body like a fire)
  • Aim for optimal nutrition (colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, healthy fats)
  • Use the 80/20 Rule (80% of the calories consumed should be healthy)
  • Hydration is vital! Make water your first beverage of choice

Movement and Exercise

  • Stand or move every 1-2 hours to help increase blood circulation
  • Aim for 10,000 steps a day
  • When it comes to exercise, Quality over Quantity
  • Interval training and/or circuit training are great ways to get intense exercise in a short period of time
  • Must be regular and challenging
  • Stretching increases flexibility and helps to maintain range of motion and mobility

Sleep

  • Sleep is the opportunity for the body and brain to get the critical repair and recovery it needs.
  • Create consistency with your sleep/wake times
  • Turn off the television and other electronics
  • Sleep in a dark, cool room
  • Avoid caffeine after 2pm

Deep Breathing

  • Deep breathing lowers feelings of stress, inducing a state of calm
  • Lowers stress hormones, including cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine
  • Allows for healing at the cellular level and helps to feel energized
  • Better able to think, problem-solve, have clarity, and be mindful
  • Begin with just 5 minutes a day, and increase your time as the exercise becomes easier and more comfortable.
  • Try various versions of deep breathing such as pursed lip, belly breathing, and resonant breathing

As we wrap up 2019 and prepare for the new year, challenge yourself to incorporate a few of these tips into your daily routine. Commit this year to taking care of and serving yourself first, so you can be equipped to serve our Klein ISD students.




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