Our world as teachers becomes stressful as we approach the end of the school year. There is so much to take care of! Additional events make their way onto our calendars, students become less engaged academically, and our personal “to do” lists expand. Overwhelm and exhaustion creep their way into our mental state.
Hal Elrod, the author of The Miracle Morning states, “By waking up every day and dedicating time to elevating our own individual consciousness, we can elevate the collective consciousness of humanity and make the world a better place.” He’s speaking to us! We teach because we want to make the world a better place.
We encourage you to find 10-20 minutes each morning to center your mind. Begin your day with a burst of positivity and self development! Utilizing the power of podcasts is a great way to do this. Here are a few of my favorite “go to” podcasts. They are short in length, the authors upload almost daily, and the content is instantly applicable to life.
Podcast #1: The Mindset Mentor
“My purpose in life is to help people release themselves from mental suffering. All too often that suffering is a mental barrier that we unconsciously place in front of ourselves, that holds us back from the life we dream of living.” – Rob Dial
Podcast #2: Mel Robbins
“Every episode of The Mel Robbins Podcast is filled with the motivation and tactics you need plus deeply personal stories, relatable topics and tactical, research-backed advice to help you create a better life.” – Mel Robbins
Podcast #3: The Positive Mindset
“The Positive Mindset Podcast is an uplifting audio experience. With meditation-style storytelling, this podcast will help you raise your vibration, lift your perspective, and build a positive mindset.” – The Positive Mindset Podcast
Podcast #4: The Resilient Teacher
“A podcast that gives overwhelmed educators the support, tools, and mindset to reduce teacher burnout and keep teaching sustainable. Each week, Brittany Blackwell, M.Ed. & her guests will share inspiration and actionable steps to avoid or recover from the dreaded teacher burnout. You’ll be inspired to individualize self-care and learn to prioritize your well-being and mental health, all while making a bigger impact on your classrooms and community.” – The Resilient Teacher
ED Technology Specialists offers some great courses in this category!
Teacher and student anxiety and burnout is a global problem that researchers have been focused on for decades. Implementing skills and strategies for mindfulness have proven to be an effective tool to increase well-being and prevent burnout. In this engaging interactive course participants will learn and complete exercises in mindfulness.
Currently, schools are looking for ways to develop and support the social emotional learning (SEL) needs of their students. Providing SEL instruction helps motivate students in their learning, improves behavior and academic performance and benefits the entire school community. SEL allows students to learn to manage their emotions, build and strengthen relationships, improve self-awareness, practice self-management and responsible decision-making skills. Teachers strive to create a safe and positive learning environment for all learners and implementing SEL strategies and practices, help make this possible. With student stress, anxiety and depression rates on the rise, schools need to be working to teach students to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to set goals, manage their emotions and develop empathy to maintain strong, positive relationships.
Teachers suffer more stress than other workers, according to the National Foundation for Educational Research. A recent survey of over 5,000 teachers from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence revealed that the most frequent emotion teachers feel every day is anxiety. More and more, teachers are feeling increasingly stressed, burned-out, and dissatisfied with their career. In this course, participants will be examining their current self-care practices. They will learn how to manage stress and anxiety, find ways to effectively practice mindfulness, work to develop a self-care plan, and create a self-care vision for the future.