How Core Values Foster Resilience in Educators
Knowing and acting on core values is essential to being a resilient educator—and resilience is key to managing the continuous challenges that any educator faces. Before I introduce an activity to help you identify your values, let’s define core values and their value.
What Are Core Values?
Our core values are deeply held personal codes that reflect our ethics. They are often enduring beliefs that can be traced back to our families of origin or religious traditions. Examples of values include compassion, responsibility, hard work, justice, and community. Sometimes we use the terms values and beliefs interchangeably; they are aspects of the same idea.
Core values can change over time. You may have had different values as a young adult. Values are essentially beliefs, and beliefs are strongly held opinions. It’s useful to remember that beliefs can change—our own beliefs, as well as those of others. For some, values may remain the same for many years, and that’s okay too…
Recovery time from workplace stress is key to developing resilience
A lifestyle assessment tool used with Honda dealers has shown how individual employees recover from workplace stress, and helped boost their resilience. Tim Routledge explains.
If you asked 10 people to define ‘stress’ the chances are they would give 10 different definitions. Stress shows itself in a variety of ways and what might be a stressful situation for me may not be for you.
What we all do have in common however is that our bodies all react to the pressures – or ‘load’ – around us by releasing, and responding to, the same stress hormones. Our individual ‘feelings’ of stress all come from the same underlying physiological state, whatever we do or don’t find stressful.
The UK charity Mental Health Foundation defines stress as: ‘the way you feel when you’re under abnormal pressure’. We can’t duck the pressures of life and we can’t avoid or eliminate our stress response, whether our load on any given day seems normal or abnormal…