When I was teaching I have to admit there never seemed to be a moment for myself. I once felt so ill I saw my GP and described my symptoms and he told me I was suffering from ‘total exhaustion’. I remember saying, ‘Don’t be ridiculous. I haven’t got time to be exhausted.’ Consequently, when I was asked if I’d be willing to review A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers by Alice Langholt I readily agreed!
A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers is available for purchase from your local Amazon site.
A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers
You will need 30 seconds. That’s all.
Start at the beginning, or turn to a random page. Every page has a title, a benefit, and simple directions. Read and complete the task on the page.
If you know that you are in the mood for a creative, confidence-boosting, stress-releasing, or peace-promoting task, use the Index at the back of the book to choose the one that fits your interest.
Notice the positive changes you go through because you took that 30 second break. Many of these tasks can also be shared with your students, allowing them to benefit too.
The changes you’ll experience will last for far more than 30 seconds. You’ll find yourself gaining more presence, patience, confidence and becoming much happier if you do this regularly. The energy in your classroom will positively change, and your students are sure to notice too. Using this book could become a wonderful little daily ritual.
By the way, the writing tasks have a blank page beside them for jotting your notes. This means that all you need for those is a pen. If there isn’t a pen nearby, use a pencil. Even a broken crayon will work. You probably have plenty in your classroom. It’s ok to write in the book. Later, when you read what you wrote, it will become part of your reflective process, displaying how you’ve grown.
My Review of A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers
Teaching can be tough and teachers can lose sight of the positives. Alice Langholt has some exercises and techniques to bring back the joy in teaching.
I really enjoyed this book and think it would have been useful to me when I was teaching.
There’s a good range of things to do from jotting down ideas and making affirming statements to practical activities that encourage positive reflection so that the reader can see just what they have achieved. One of these, a jar into which to place a quick note of something positive that has happened that can then be reviewed at the end of a term I’m going to adopt for 2018, spending a few minutes each week looking back over the good things that have happened. I’m also going to set my timer when I’m sitting at my desk so that I can carry out the 30 second Cross March technique. I always feel slightly embarrassed saying mottos and positive statements aloud and I’m not sure I’d use those, but they will suit other types of reader. The index at the back of the book enables different kinds of readers to find the types of techniques that suit them easily as well as letting them explore those they might not usually use.
And this is what is so helpful about A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers. I think it could easily be called A Moment for People: Self-Care for Busy People because it gives really good advice about how we can reinforce the good things in our lives as well as encourage those around us. Substitute the word ‘student’ for partner, sibling, friend, relative and the same ideas and techniques apply. I must admit the ‘Just For Today’ section brought me up short. I tend not to listen with ALL my concentration and often do something else when someone rings me for example. As a result of reading A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers, I’m going to give others my full attention from now on.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of the ideas from Alice Langholt that can fit into any busy life and make a really positive change. I thought the use of white space in the book was inspired. Readers are encouraged to scribble down their thoughts (and these don’t have to be neat and tidily presented), to complete acrostic poems and make notes in answer to the activities suggested. As an avid reader I especially liked the advice to read for fun.
I began A Moment for Teachers: Self-Care for Busy Teachers thinking it might be saccharine and exaggerated and ended up feeling it is a helpful and uplifting book that could make a positive impact in any life – not just that of a teacher. It’s well worth dipping into and I really recommend it.
About Alice Langholt
Alice Langholt is a Reiki Master Teacher, the Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development (website here), and the founder of Practical Reiki, a strong, simple Reiki energy healing method. She is the author of the award-winning book, Practical Reiki for balance, well-being, and vibrant health, A guide to a strong, revolutionary energy healing method, The Practical Reiki Companion workbook, and a deck of cards, Energy Healing Cards and app.
Alice also authored the A Moment for Me 365 Day Self Care Calendar for Busy People, A Moment for Mom, A Moment for Us, and A Moment for Success (AMoment4Me.com). Alice teaches holistic topics, and offers workshops on 30 second methods of self care online and in the Washington, DC area. Alice lives with her husband and their four children in Gaithersburg, Maryland.