We seem more exhausted than ever as educators’ responsibilities have increased due to COVID-19, and it’s because we aren’t giving ourselves self care tips.
Your Zooming for hours a day.
You are creating multiple formats of lesson plans for hybrid learning and total distance learning.
You are Uploading documents in a module.
You name it; you’re doing it.
Being only a month within a new school year, the stress becomes unsurmountable to deal with daily.
Know that you are not alone.
Articles from sources like the Resilient Educator help, but they don’t seem to provide enough self-care tips that drill down to a deeper level.
That’s why I wanted to share with you 6 Self Care Tips that educators may want to remember occasionally.
Devote chunks of time where you are offline and doing nothing. I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. Getting away from it will make you more efficient than if you burn the candle at both ends.
Exercise. Stretch your legs and burn off some calories. It will help you clear your head, not to mention give your body a much-needed workout.
Reorganize. Create a new list daily of things you have to do versus what you would like to do. Identify items that can make your life easier as you create the list. For example, yesterday, I spoke with a teacher who said they had to upload their Zoom link daily on their Home Page. It’s here where I asked them to check their Settings to see if there’s a way to use a recurring link until you want to decide to change it.
Schedule time for specific tasks. When preparing your day or week, devote time to that task, and make recurring appointments on your calendar. Having them set gets you doing things, whereas you may forget and have to do something late at night or early in the morning.
Find places where others have created things you need. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Places like the Canvas Community help educators who use the Canvas Platform share lessons for free. Regarding Schoology, Common Sense Education and Teachers Pay Teachers are two good sites I recommend you visit.
I close out with this reminder.
When you remember this, you will have the most significant self-care tip anyone can share with you. Check out our tool page, where you will find ways to make your work smarter.
Do you have any self-care tips to add that can help educators or parents?
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