Being a teacher can be hard– endless prepping, difficulty engaging students, learning new classroom technology, etc. If you're going through a tough time while teaching, here are 4 quick tips on how you can get through the school day while prioritizing your brain health:
1. Connect with people who lift you up
Talk to a friend, family member, or fellow teacher about what you're going through. Having someone to talk to about your problems can help you feel less alone.
2. Clean up your work area
An article in Harvard Business Review says, "When our space is a mess, so are we." Although this might be the last thing you want to do when you're going through a tough time, tidying up can help improve your mood and your day.
3. Mute unnecessary noise
When you're going through a tough time, the "noise" can be overwhelming. Mute any notifications you don't need to get through the workday– like social media, news updates, etc. Less noise can help you feel calmer on a bad day.
4. Have a good cry if you need it
Medical News Today says crying releases oxytocin and endorphins. These feel-good chemicals help ease both physical and emotional pain.
Lastly, remember that being vulnerable with your students (by sharing only what you're comfortable sharing!) and letting them know you're having a tough or stressful day can help facilitate conversations surrounding mental health. This openness with our feelings can set a good example for students, building a level of emotional trust in the classroom and beyond.