5 Resources for Teacher Mental Health During COVID-19

By 12:00am PST September 21, 2020

We’re already halfway through September. Throughout the pandemic, we’re heavily focused on the success and well-being of our students. While our students are always our top priority, we must also show up feeling our best every day. We’ve gathered five resources to help you focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

1. CREATE Care Routines To Help You Stay Grounded

We’ve all heard the “oxygen mask” analogy and it applies here too. Educators must also take care of themselves to meet the needs of others.

Why it matters: Tending to your personal needs can be difficult when you’re focused on helping your students and their families navigate remote learning. However, if you don’t care for yourself, you could become mentally exhausted and physically drained—and able to offer even less.

  • Physical: regular sleep & exercise
  • Mental: mindfulness & learning
  • Social: connecting with others

Extra credit: How Teachers Can Prioritize Self-Care While Working from Home →

2. FOCUS 10 Mental Health Tips for Teachers During COVID

Mental health is essential for educators trying to balance a new way of life with remote teaching.

Why it matters: Educators, administrators, and other school staff focus continuously on supporting their students during the pandemic. In order to support our student’s mental wellness, we must also focus on our own mental wellness.

Here are some mental wellness tips for educators:

  1. Control the controllable
  2. Practice self-care
  3. Move your body
  4. Practice self-compassion
  5. Set reasonable expectations
  6. Communicate
  7. Be unapologetic
  8. Create a dedicated workspace
  9. Set office hours
  10. Reach out

Extra credit: 10 Mental Health Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic →

3. SUPPORT The Toolkit for Resilient Educators During COVID-19

The challenges and trauma of COVID-19 hit teachers hard. Teachers need the resources to stay resilient in these difficult times.

Why it matters: COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for anyone, but we’re all in this together. These resources help support and nurture teachers so that they can continue to support their students and their families.

In this toolkit, you’ll find resources for:

  • Staying calm
  • Being informed
  • Taking care of “self”
  • Teaching and learning through COVID-19
  • Creating a routine
  • Maintaining balance

    …and more!

Extra credit: COVID-19: Resilient Educator Toolkit →

4. BREATHE Anxiety and Emotional Well-Being Resources

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the school year.  Check in with your mental and emotional well-being so you can show up for your students.

Why it matters: It’s essential to take care of not just your physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well. For educators to care for others, they need to frequently check in with themselves, focus on what they can control (and not what they can’t), and practice setting boundaries.

The Sacramento County Office of Education provided a collection of enrichment resources for educators for:

  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Helping children and their families cope with COVID-19
  • Talking to children about COVID-19
  • Teaching young people about racism and COVID-19
  •  Ensuring child safety

Plus, crisis hotline numbers.

Extra credit: SCOE | COVID-19: Managing Anxiety and Emotional Well-Being →

5. PRACTICE 5 Self-Care Tips for Teachers During the Pandemic

Educators need self-care routines to help them stay grounded.

Why it matters: Educators may need a reminder that practicing self-care is essential to their well-being, especially during times of uncertainty and transition. Self-care is crucial for educators to keep up with the needs of students and their families.

  1. Set and maintain boundaries
  2. Reflect on your feelings and needs
  3. Recognize what is in your control
  4. Acknowledge little wins and moments of gratitude
  5. Practice self-care routines throughout the day

Extra credit: Practicing Self-Care During the Coronavirus: 5 Tips for Teachers →

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