Last year's word was equanimity.
I had many moments of discouragement and outright failure in 2016, but I think my family, friends, and students would agree that I am more equanimous this year than last. I don't know if it's simply because I'm no longer a first-year teacher adjusting to life in a new country... I don't really care! What matters is I no longer completely feel like a slave to my emotions.
Things that helped:
- better planning/organization at work
- better habits: I work like crazy at work and try NOT to work (too much) when I'm at home
- NOT TEACHING 7th GRADE (ha!)
- therapy: identifying and treating anxiety
- more sleep (I charge my phone in the living room and bring a book to bed between 9:30 - 10:30 every night)
- discussing struggles with the right (positive, level-headed) people
Last year's word leads right into this year's word: wellness.
I don't have any interest in starting a major health/fitness regime, but I do want to establish (and continue) better habits.
- continue getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night
- actively exercise for at least 20 minutes every day (starting small here)
- continue NOT taking my phone to bed
- continue limiting work to work hours (as much as humanly possible)
- start eating breakfast every day
- keep personal spaces (desk, closet, etc) organized
- perhaps... blog more? I am trying to decide if some sort of regular journaling would be helpful
My previous years' words/goals tended to be more philosophical, but 2016 wore me out. I am happy to focus on practical actions and hope that leads to an overall sense of wellness.