14. Zoo Mom

Today we are going to talk about a tool that will help you deal with that person in your life that might be hard to love: zoo animal them! What is that? When faced with this person, transform yourself into a documentary filmmaker or researcher and get so present that you notice the person in front of you as if they were a rare species or specimen. 

When done in a respectful present way to see the humanity in someone else, to find the rare treasures in another, using this tool to “zoo animal” is a first step to emotional repair and connection. You can even use this kind of curiosity and awe on yourself! What do you notice when you see yourself as a rare species? 

In This Episode I share:

  • How to use this mindset strategy to appreciate the people in your life who push your buttons
  • How putting on your inner scientist to notice someone else will help you stay present to yourself
  • How you can “zoo animal” anyone in your life and keep some emotional neutrality with yourself. 


More About Teacher Talk with Chrissy Nichols:

Teacher Talk is the podcast for educators like you who are on the brink of burnout, or are already there. It’s your guide to feeling better about being at school and being in your life. Your host, Chrissy Nichols, is a life coach for teachers. 

In her weekly episodes, she will give you quick tools, tips, and brain hacks to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. It’s time to find the joy in teaching again and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself.