16th May 2020 10:00 am
‘A balanced life in the pandemics?! I have no balance. I have no life being locked down and having to look at the screen for many hours a day like never before.’ A teacher…
Let’s find the balance together through a couple of exercises on Mindfulness. We are going to pay attention to the present moment, using different techniques. Now we need it more than ever. The circumstances have changed suddenly and rapidly. We are all challenged by the lockdown and feel frustrated being separated from schools. Many teachers really, believe or not, miss the school and their students. Mindfulness helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships and definitely can help busy teachers no matter how experienced find peace of mind.
Please make sure you wear comfortable clothes and have some spaces in your room where you can move a little, sit or lay down. It would be great if you can have something you like to nibble on e.g. a raisin, a nut, an almond, dried apricot or something else.
Marta trains teachers in Poland and also internationally. Her teaching career started after her first trip abroad to England last century 😊. She travelled extensively until last March until the pandemic stopped her and she became more domesticated. Most of her journeys had serious educational value and were closely related to her job. She did her TEFLA Certificate with International House, studied English at Silesian University and obtained her MA in Teaching degree from School for International Training in Vermont, USA, where she also trains pre-service teachers. She has been a teacher trainer for Pilgrims in Canterbury for 8 years. She loves learning in a culturally diverse environment. A few years ago Marta started practising mindfulness and would like to share this experience with other equally busy teachers especially now when we all feel overwhelmed and sometimes lost under the new circumstances.