Presented by: Jen Johnson, PhD
Have you ever heard the phrase “Put out into the world what you want to get back”?
Some people call it Karma. Some call it the Law of Attraction. But it really comes back to this idea that if you show up in the world in a certain way, it seems to come back around to you.
I’ve never really thought about this in terms of a burnout mitigation strategy until recently — and I learned it from my 3 ½ year old.
While we were putting away our holiday decor this year, my son found a candy cane, and he really wanted to eat it. He asked me to help him open it, and I said what I usually do to positively promote independence and growth: “You try first. You can do hard things.”
He sat down and tried and tried. Finally, he lamented, “Mommy, I tried really hard, but I can’t get it open!”
I told him I would help him and started trying to unwrap it.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve unwrapped a candy cane as of late,...
When I would experience a burnout event (something that made me feel even more deeply ready to quit), I would feel so much anger. I would feel angry about budgets, emails, administrators, curriculum, policies, data collection, committees, drama...you name it, I was angry.
Anger exists to signal us that there's been an injustice that needs to be righted.
Unfortunately, sometimes we can't right all the injustices. We have to process the anger through expressing it, and that's hard.
As I studied the science behind why we feel anger and how it can be resolved, I realized I needed to be able to physically express the anger I was experiencing.
Just throwing or hitting isn't enough though. You need to verbally express what you're angry about and why it's unjust. It helps us express our anger at the same...
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