Episode 44: Improving Your Relationship with Yourself

Show Notes

In this episode of the Teacher Thrive podcast the hosts propose that building a healthier relationship with ourselves can have a significantly positive impact on everything else we do. When we know ourselves well–we know our strengths and weaknesses– we can operate from an empowered position. This means that we’re able to embrace our talents and take advantage of them, as well as admit the areas that need our attention and discernment in order to do better.

We could use our self-development as a useful tool especially when we’re challenged by difficult students or situations in the classroom. In those circumstances, having a healthy relationship with ourselves could help us determine if the situation warrants discipline, patience, compassion or grace– as opposed to a one size fits all type of approach. 

Having a good relationship with ourselves can mean that we focus on our inner world by paying attention to the negative thoughts we think about ourselves and others. When we’re able to identify habitual negative thoughts about our struggles in the classroom we can perceive them from a different angle. At the very least, being aware of situations that ‘trigger’ us and the reasons why we’re ‘triggered’ can give us a beautiful opportunity to understand ourselves and others better. In that moment we have the power to decide how to respond instead of react.

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Connect with the hosts:

Madel Mazzella:
Instagram: ⁠@madelmazzella
TikTok: ⁠@madelmazzella⁠
Website: madelmazzella.com

Kaitlyn Rapai:
Instagram: @the_teacher_burnout_coach
TikTok: ⁠@kaitlyn_rapai_coaching⁠

Original Music by: Matthew Dotson

Cover Art by: Nate Rapai

[Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of any educational institutions or organizations. This podcast is presented solely for educational and entertainment purposes. The hosts are not licensed therapists and their opinion does not substitute the advice of a physician or other qualified professional]