The beginning of a new school year typically brings a mix of emotions: the bittersweet end to long, hot summer days with a mix of excitement and anticipation for the start of a brand new school year ahead. But there is nothing typical about this back-to-school September; there are much different emotions swirling through many educators’ heads this fall. Many are feeling overwhelming anxiety for the unknowns of the new school year. Most educators are asking themselves:
“How the heck are we going to make this work?”
Educators are being asked to prepare for a number of educational scenarios and settings, balance their own health concerns with parent fears, oh… and provide a quality education to their students. “Navigating a pandemic” was definitely not a part of our coursework when we decided to pursue a career in education.
Phewf, dealing with these feelings can be so overwhelming.
As educators, we likely spend a majority of our time and energy taking care of others; but during this unprecedented time, it is SO important to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Try incorporating one of these self-care tips each week to slowly develop new, healthy habits. Take it one day at a time, and don’t forget to celebrate the small victories! At the end of the day, we are all trying to do our best and the rest is out of our control.
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