This year as I settle into my new role as school counselor, memories of teaching and the stress associated with it still linger. I don’t think anyone could have ever prepared me for the amount of responsibility and worry that goes along with being a teacher. Balancing the needs of the students, with the demands of the state, the expectations from admin, evaluations, the requests from parents, and the paperwork was overwhelming. I admire anyone who can teach and keep it together. This is why teacher stress relief is so important to me.
As a counselor, I want to keep teacher needs on my priority list. I think it is important to keep our teachers healthy and mentally balanced. They are so busy that they sometimes forget about self-care. You can make it your mission to include teacher stress relief in your program.
Exercise for teacher stress relief
Exercise is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress, yet it can also be one of the hardest things for teachers to fit into their schedules. This year, I kept thinking how nice it would be if we just had an exercise machine or two at the school for those days when getting to the gym was not within reach. So, I decided just to “ask” for donations on a facebook group in our community. Boy was I surprised. We had four machines donated within a few hours. BAM! The new teacher fitness center was born. Ask and you shall receive?!!!
|Made this calendar to sign up for the machines.|