SELF CARE FOR TEACHERS: 5 Things you can do Right now During this Uncertain Time
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
COVID-19 got you anxious? Uncertain about what your job is going to look like these next few weeks? I hear ya. With everything going on that is out of our control, let's focus on the things we CAN control.
RELY ON ROUTINE. Routine allows us to feel comfortable with knowing what is next. Especially when things are uncertain or changing from day to day, routine can ground us. So, wake up around the same time. Schedule exercise/movement. Work or expand your mind with reading, professional development, etc.
STAY GROUNDED IN THE PRESENT. Honestly, within the span of 48 hours our school went from having no plan, to scheduling two days off for teachers to plan, to calling off school for an entire week. The truth is, we don’t know what tomorrow might bring, or what the next hour might bring. But if we spend our time worrying about the what-ifs, we are stealing from the present moment.
PRACTICE SELF COMPASSION. Stop being so hard on yourself. Our job is hard on a normal day...and almost impossible on these hard days. Grace and compassion towards yourself and others is always best practice.
FOCUS ON HEALTHY HABITS. These are the habits we all know we should be doing but sometimes fall by the wayside. I’m talking about drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, and feeding your body and mind adequately. (Lauren is running a 7 day Healthy Teacher Challenge if you need some accountability!)
BREATHE. Breathing interrupts our fight/flight/freeze response and activates our parasympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for aiding in resting and digesting, among other things. You might even try mindfulness or meditation (5 meditation myths busted).
I know it's difficult to believe right now, but you will get through this time. It won't be the same on the other side, but you just might be better for it. Who knows? The answer is no one...so let's just accept that we are along for the ride.
P.S. Are you a counselor? (Psst, you rock BTdubs)...but check out my friends' post for counselors!