Discounted Headspace for Educators

Zen At A Discount

Tomorrow marks the first day officially back to school for many educators, including myself. While I am excited to meet my new class and get myself back into the routine of work, with it always comes a little anxiety. Students have had 2 months of unstructured fun and getting back into the groove is just as difficult for them as it can be for us. So I was excited to learn that Headspace has a highly discounted price for k-12 educators. Last year, with the guidance of my co-teacher, we began meditation in our classroom to help students practice mindfulness and teach them ways to calm their minds and bodies. Building off this, I was on the hunt for some help to get things rolling this year and that’s when I discovered the HeadSpace educator discount.

Headspace is offering all k-12 educators in the US a one-year membership for the incredibly affordable fee of $12/year. This saves teachers a lot, considering their annual subscription is normally $7.99 month. WOW! Thank you Headspace for recognizing teachers and offering this reduced subscription fee.

Enrollment was a breeze and I was verified and signed up in under 5 minutes. Just head over to https://www.headspace.com/educators. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the “subscribe now” button. From there you will enter some information and will be prompted to upload a picture of a document that verifies your current status as a teacher. A short time later you will receive a coupon code for your discounted subscription to a year of Zen.

Why meditate? Meditation is well known for reducing stress, but did you know that it also increases focus, attention and the ability to ignore distractions? It is even said to build immunity and compassion. Sign me up!

*This offer is currently only available to K-12 educators in the US only.

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October is ADHD Awareness Month, So Let’s Raise Some Awareness

ADHD Awareness Month

There was a time when ADHD was believed by many to not be a true disorder. That was until medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States all concluded that ADHD is in fact a real, brain based medical disorder and that people with ADHD of all ages and backgrounds benefit from appropriate treatment. (http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/) Unfortunately, old patterns of thinking are often hard to change. Therefor as an educator, I feel it’s my duty to do my part to educate as many others as I can about this disorder. 

*Help Dispel the ADHD Myths by sharing: 31 Myths in 31 Days—Debunked!

So What Exactly is ADHD?

Simply put, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that is characterized by difficulties with inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity. These symptoms must be severe enough to cause impairment in one’s daily functioning in at least two settings: at home, in school, in the community or in the workplace. ADHD usually persists through a person’s lifetime, and it is NOT limited only to childhood.

Prevalence of ADHD

ADHD is said to affect 7% of the U.S. population. That is about 8 or 9 million adults.

Causes of ADHD

ADHD is very likely caused by biological factors which influence neurotransmitter activity in certain parts of the brain, and which have a strong genetic basis.

The Lowdown on ADHD

Attention and ADHD

It is a common belief that people with ADHD  have trouble paying attention. FALSE! People with ADHD do not have trouble paying attention, but they do have trouble paying attention to the “right” things. Those with ADHD struggle paying attention to those things that they find “uninteresting.” On the flip side, there is a tendency for adults and children with ADHD to focus very intently on things that do interest them; in fact the ADHD mind cannot ignore things it finds interesting! This leads to what is called “hyperfocus,” a focus so strong that one becomes oblivious to the world around them. (Resource : Strategies to Make Hyper Focus Work For You)

High Energy Individuals Have ADHD

While some do fall under the impulsive and hyperactive category, many people with ADHD are also quiet, reserved, or slow-paced people. This is because ADHD affects different people in different ways, and also because it often is found in people who have accompanying disorders (co-morbidity).

Many People with ADHD Struggle with Short Term Memory

What did he just ask me to do? What time did I just tell her to meet me? People with ADHD have trouble remembering things in the short-term, so it’s important that they utilize resources like planners, calendars, and other reminder systems to keep them on track. (Resource: Treat ADHD Symptoms Through Brain Training)

People with ADHD Experience Sleep Problems

As many as 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems. Check out this article for tips on how to battle this problem: ADHD Sleep Advice

Valuable Resources – Help Spread the Word!

ADDitude Magazine – Such a great resource, full or information, advice, and research!

The Positives of ADHD – Love this list of 151 Positive Characteristics of People with Attention Deficit

7 Facts You Need to Know About ADHD

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Adult ADHD Self Screener

CHADD – a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

ADDVANCE – a site dedicated to site to providing answers to questions about ADD (ADHD) for families and individuals at every stage of life from preschool through retirement years.