Here are 5 ways to help protect your mental health—and the mental health of students and parents during these challenging times.
Start with you!
Before you help anyone else, be calm and strong enough to validate, reassure, and support others. That means some honest check-ins and efforts to be sure you’re doing what you can for yourself—including regular breaks, physical activity, sleeping well, etc.
Send along some breathing exercises!
Check out some different ways to help kids take deep breaths. Deep breathing can help lessen anxiety and promote feelings of empowerment https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids
Encourage a daily routine.
Routines can help people feel in control. You probably have a routine for yourself. But do your students? Suggest that students write (flexible) schedules and “to do” lists for themselves. Some people feel a sense of accomplishment when they physically check things off their “to-do” lists.
Remind yourself of the good things. And ask students (and parents) to share three things they’re grateful for. Practicing gratitude and optimism can help people stay in a positive frame of mind.
Remind everyone that asking for help is okay.
Let your students and parents know that if they need professional support, your school community is still there to help. This, of course, includes you.