After some rather negative self-talk yesterday morning, I realized I needed to change the way I spoke to myself. I was stressed and under pressure to get things done (whether real or self-imposed is another issue), and I stopped to think – if I am feeling this way, I am sure there are others who feel the same.
I remember being a teacher (it was not that long ago, after all). The three weeks in between Thanksgiving and Winter Break can be rough. Kids are excited and pushing boundaries a little more, making the day challenging; then you go home and have to deal with your own family, your own vacation plans, and your own shopping lists. It can be overwhelming, and it is easy to slip into one of the 7 Deadly Habits, whether with the kids in class, your co-workers, your own family members, significant other, or even yourself.
This early morning realization (all before 8am), led me in search of an easy image that lists the 7 Caring Habits and the 7 Deadly Habits. Something visual to trade a deadly habit for a caring habit. If it helped me, maybe it would help someone else. Maybe it would allow for just one other person to encourage themselves, or someone else.
This holiday season, take a moment to pause and reflect if you are using a deadly habit. If you are stressed with demands of the season, how must others around you be feeling? Try a caring habit instead, and watch some small positivity make a larger impact on your day or someone else’s day.
Be kind to yourself,
Principal at Alfred Adler