Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study Group 2020- 2021

  • Our impending return to work/school has caused each of us to have different feelings.  Some feel relief and elation and others feel stress and anxiety.  We thought we would share a wonderful book we have recently introduced to by the Mental Health Association of New York.

    Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.

     

    The book asks the reader to use it as a guide for a year-long journey to resiliency and a better understanding of themselves.  It is geared toward educators, but can be used by anyone.  The journey starts in June and continues each month, asking the reader to focus on specific skills that help you cultivate your resiliency.  Practicing the skills we will learn and creating habits, on a daily basis, will help us develop resilient dispositions.

    Why Resiliency? What is Resilience?

    • A way of being that allows us to bounce back quickly from adversity, and stronger than before, so that we can fulfill our purpose
    • An adaptive, dynamic process that includes an individual’s interactions over time in a complex environment. Context plays a role; resilience is not simply a function of one individual’s behavior.  Who we are and where we are impact our ability to cultivate resilience.
    • Cultivated through engaging in specific habits and by fostering specific dispositions.
    • What enables us to THRIVE, not just SURVIVE

    This is the schedule of skills each month:

    June                      Know yourself

    July                        Understand Emotions

    August                  Tell Empowering Stories

    September         Build Community

    October               Be Here Now

    November          Take Care of Yourself

    December           Focus on the Bright Spots

    January                Cultivate Compassion

    February              Be a Learner

    March                   Play and Create

    April                       Ride the Waves of Change

    May                       Celebrate and Appreciate