Take Care of Yourself First
Before educators can help children cope with problems and be ready to learn, they must first take time to care for themselves. The following suggestions from Leah Davies M Ed. include ways educators can help take control of their lives and manage their own stress – so that they will be available to assist their students.
One of the best forms of managing educator stress is to double the amount of time you spend outdoors, if at all possible.
- Accept yourself as an imperfect human being.
- Believe that you have value and that you can make a contribution to humanity.
- Accept responsibility for yourself and your behaviour.
- Eat well-balanced meals.
- Get enough rest.
- Avoid using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
- Cultivate a hopeful attitude by saying encouraging things to yourself.
- Develop effective communication skills.
- Foster a sense of humour.
- Seek out and maintain at least one close friend.
Write it down!
- Write down how you see yourself in one year, five years, or ten years from now.
- Share your ideas and goals with someone you trust.
- Write down at least five of your worries.
- Rank order your list by their importance in your life.
- By each worry write ACCEPT, CHANGE, or REJECT.
- For each worry decide what your first step will be toward accepting, changing or rejecting it.
- Carry out the steps you listed.