This time of year can be an incredibly busy time for all of us. Thanksgiving is just a few days away and before we know it, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s will be here.
The holiday season is always jampacked with activities, social gatherings, and parties but this year—similar to 2020—may look and feel different. What often brought joy may now bring sadness, anxiety, or stress due to the unknown. Plus, as an educator, you are working with students, many of whom have varying needs, and that can be emotionally taxing.
That is why our Healthy Relationships Curriculum was designed by special education teachers for special education teachers. This educational program supplies you with over 140 videos and comprehensive lesson plans so that your students are engaged, role-playing and demonstrations, an online portal, live access to our team and so much more!
I spent more than 20 years working as a special education teacher, and I know from experience that it is vitally important to prioritize yourself and focus on personal wellness. Below are a few tips that I wanted to share with you that helped me over the years when I spent my days in the classroom:
- You must remember that whatever is happening in front and around you is only momentary, and taking a deep breath often does wonders in helping to destress and deescalate a situation.
- Physical activity. It has always helped to take a quick walk during lunch around the outside of the school or even through the halls. It allows your mind to destress and gives you a chance to regroup.
- Talk to other teachers, friends, or relatives. If you are feeling stressed, make sure you talk about it with someone who cares about you so that you are not keeping it bottled up.
- Watch a funny movie or television show. Enjoying comedic entertainment and laughing always helps, especially this time of year.