Staying sane can feel like an uphill battle.
What leads to this insanity?
And can anything be done to stop it?
Educators struggle with stressors placed on them, their schools, and their students. We need to take a serious look at these negative forces before teachers see their only way to escape is to leave the profession.
Understand how your emotions effect your well-being and relationships with others. A self-assessment from Dr. Richard Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Results can be emailed to you.
From CASEL, designed to help teachers and staff assess and understand their own levels of social and emotional competence.
10 Tips to Deal with Stress & Building Resiliency
23 Resilience Building Tools & Exercises
Excellent article with activities for adults and students to build resilience. Also information, videos, and links.
From Positive Psychology. Click for link
Components of Self Care
From Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Choose one from each of the five categories to actively work on.
Eat regularly (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Get regular medical care for prevention
Dance, swim, walk, run, play sports, sing, or do some other physical activity that is fun for you
Wear clothes you like
Get enough sleep
Make time for self-reflection
Write in a journal
Read literature that is unrelated to work
Engage your intelligence in a new area, e.g.: go to an art museum, history exhibit, sports event, theatre
Practice receiving from others
Notice your inner experiences – listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes and feelings
Say “no” to extra responsibilities sometimes
Spend time with others whose company you enjoy
Stay in contact with important people in your life
Give yourself affirmations, praise yourself
Allow yourself to cry
Play with children
Identify comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places and seek them out
Spend time in nature
Find a spiritual connection or community
Cherish your optimism and hope
Be aware of non material aspects of life
Be open to not knowing
Take in inspirational content (literature, talks, etc.)
Workplace or professional self-care:
Take a break during the workday (e.g. to eat)
Take time to chat with colleagues
Make quiet time to complete tasks
Have a peer support group
Set limits with colleagues
Identify projects or tasks that are exciting and rewarding
Regularly consult with a mentor
APA Teacher Stress Module
The first few years in the classroom can be the most difficult for a new teacher who may feel overwhelmed by the complexity and responsibilities of his or her new role. This module, primarily aimed at pre-service teachers and new educators, examines definitions and causes of teacher-related stress and provides strategies for recognizing, preventing and coping with stressful situations, events and triggers as they occur.
Time: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools
Produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Brief overview of the effect teacher stress is having on education as a whole.
Time: 2:27 minutes