If you’re looking for ways to find your calm and focus during the chaos of teaching, here are six strategies to help you get started.
- Make time for yourself. Dedicate time each day to do something that relaxes you. Whether it’s reading, taking a yoga class, or spending time with your pets.
- Identify your “calm spots”. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a few minutes to find your “calm spot”. This could be a quiet corner in the classroom or a peaceful spot outdoors.
- Take breaks. When you start to feel overwhelmed or stressed, take a quick break to relax your mind and body. This could mean taking a 10-minute break after you finish a block of instruction or taking a longer break after lunch to stretch and hydrate.
- Practice self-compassion. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion by acknowledging your feelings and telling yourself that you’re not alone.
- Connect with others. Share your experiences and strategies with other teachers and connect with online communities that support educators.
- Stay positive. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, focus on your strengths and positives. Remind yourself that you’re a good teacher and that you can handle this challenge.
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