Rest: Teachers are you doing it right?

Imagine writing a whole book on the subject of rest.  That's exactly what Alex Soojung-Kim Pang did in 2016 (although I just learned about the book last week).  Pang is the founder of the Restful Company ( and a visiting scholar at Stanford.

In my teacher self-care presentations and workshops, one of the most frequent comments from teachers is that self-care takes time, and teachers are busy people.  Yes, I agree but according to Pang, rest:

- makes us more creative

- increases our productivity

- heightens our concentration

- reduces multi-tasking

- calms us down

- boost happiness and

- helps us to focus better


In the last two years, I have been making a conscious effort to be healthier and happier.  This includes downtime, less screen-time, being mindful and resting.  But I think I haven't been resting right. 

If you think rest means lying of the sofa and binge-watching t.v., this is just one form, says Pang...

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