From Surviving to Thriving to End the School Year

Here's some self-care tips for educators to make it through June

We get it, it’s June the students are often unfocused, the classrooms too hot and maybe you have already filled your Tired Teacher Bingo card. 

Teachers play a vital role in shaping young minds and creating a nurturing learning environment. However, the demands of the profession can lead to stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Recognizing the emotional labour involved in addressing harmful language and supporting students’ well-being is crucial. Here are some self-care strategies for teachers to manage stress, set boundaries, and seek support:

Tired teacher bingo card which outlines funny errors educators might make in June.

Evidence-Based Teacher Self-Care Practices:

Prioritize Self-Care Practices

  • Practice mindfulness techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga to reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.
  • Engage in hobbies and activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as reading, exercising, or pursuing creative outlets.
  • Establish a consistent sleep routine and prioritize getting enough rest (Bertoni, 2024).

Set Healthy Boundaries

  • Learn to say “no” to additional tasks or responsibilities that may overwhelm you.
  • Set realistic expectations for yourself and avoid overcommitting.
  • Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life, and avoid responding to work-related emails or calls during personal time (Bertoni, 2024).

Seek Support

  • Build a strong support system with colleagues, friends, and family members who can provide emotional support and understanding.
  • Participate in peer support groups or counseling services provided by your school or district (Bertoni, 2024).
  • Communicate openly with supervisors about your workload and stress levels, and seek their guidance or assistance when needed (Mission Hill Psychology, 2024).

Embrace Resilience-Building Techniques

  • Practice self-compassion and positive self-talk to counteract negative thoughts or feelings (Bertoni, 2024).
  • Engage in reflective practices to gain insights and manage stress proactively (Mission Hill Psychology, 2024).
  • Seek professional help or counseling if stress or burnout becomes overwhelming (Bertoni, 2024).
  • By prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, seeking support, and embracing resilience-building techniques, educators can better manage the emotional demands of their profession and maintain their well-being.

Try to pick one thing you can commit to

We get it even self-care can be stressful and adds another thing to the to-do list. Do it now, or set an alarm on your phone. Find another teacher to be a self-care accountability buddy.

We also know these individual actions will never replace manageable workloads, creating positive, inclusive work environments, healing, and being in community. 

If you feel passionate about advocating for change in our system and being in a community of support consider joining our Inclusive Schools Action Network. 

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References:

Best stress management strategies for educators with relief. Mission Hill Psychology. (2024, June 2). https://missionhillpsych.com/stress-management-strategies/

What is teacher self-care and how to practice it. Waterford.org. (2024, May 23). https://www.waterford.org/education/teacher-self-care-activities/

Bertoni, B. (2024, May 6). Addressing burnout and self-care: Strategies for maintaining well-being in Education. Keiser University. https://www.keiseruniversity.edu/addressing-burnout-and-self-care-strategies-for-maintaining-well-being-in-education/