Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/re-energize-yourself-when-fatigue-sets

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A: I remind myself that in my life, just as in my classroom, certain things are non-negotiable. An important non-negotiable for me is exercise: I swim every morning before school. When I’m stressed, it’s tempting to think about skipping my swim. But I remind myself firmly that lack of exercise will compound my stress and ultimately make me feel worse. The sense of well-being I feel after swimming reinforces my belief that I have to take care of myself if I’m going to have the energy to take care of others.

Mike Anderson teaches fourth graders at Mary C. Dondero Elementary School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.