Dear Stressed Out Educator,
Do you need relaxation tips for your Holiday Break? A thread from a recent Facebook posts listed a myriad of illnesses and ailments from educators across the country. Health issues ranged from diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and more. Another post asked educators how often do they go to work ill instead of staying home to heal. Most said they go to work even if the doctor’s recommendation is to take a couple days off. Your health must become a priority. So, here are a few relaxation tips to consider while on Holiday Break.
First, create a stress management plan. Think about your stress triggers. Then think about activities to combat the stress. Write it down and create your plan. Start anew! Also, check out our blog post, Create Your Stress Management Plan.
Next, sit down and be quiet. It’s time to meditate. Meditation is a calming activity. It helps to get you focused. Learn some breathing techniques to help you relax in stressful situations. While meditating use calming essential oils to create a soothing ambiance. Continue reading
Comfortable Shoes Are Important
Comfortable shoes are important assets for educators. Teachers and administrators are constantly on your feet. You walk around classrooms. Then you stand for long periods of time. Schools have long hallways and stairs that keep your fitness tracker buzzing. The last thing you want is for your feet to hurt because of uncomfortable shoes. Painful feet add on stress. Classroom comfort begins with finding the right pair of comfortable shoes.
How many of you have a couple or several pairs of shoes underneath your desk? Perhaps, you store yours in the classroom closet or in the trunk of the car. Just in case, you want to prepare for every occasion at the school. You want casual comfort, but sometimes you may need professional comfort, too. Also, you want comfort and cute at the same time. Continue reading
Time to Calm Down
Stress showed up early! It’s one of those days. You need to calm yourself down. Getting out of the house was a hard sale. Your own kids didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Traffic was jammed pack and a thirty-minute drive turned into an hour. Stepping into the school, you hear the office secretary call you over the intercom system. Walking to the office to see what’s going on, you’re stopped by a coworker. He wants to know if he can borrow some books from your classroom library. Sure, it’s not a problem and you continue to the office. You feel your shoulders tense up and your head hurts.
Finally, you arrive in the office. The principal and a parent wait to meet with you. The parent is upset about her child’s grade on a test and wants an explanation of your grading process. The students arrive in ten minutes! You are cramped for time. During the meeting, you look at your watch several times. The parent is irate and you can’t seem to appease her. The meeting ends on a negative note. Now, you’re feeling flushed. Your students are coming in the door. Somehow, you need to calm down! Continue reading