he worldwide pandemic has been one of the most difficult experiences that we have had to deal with.  I want to take a few minutes to talk to you, our fellow educators. The last 15 months have no doubt been difficult for all of us; however, you have dealt with the lion's share of anxiety and stress. So here is a prescription for you. During the next two months it is critical that you, self-care.  What are some things you can do during the summer months?  Here are six ways to start your self-care journey.

Walk Away — Detach yourself from your work. Once you have turned in your grades and your 2021/2022 textbook order, it’s time to walk away. Give yourself permission to forget about work!

Take a Break from Social Media — This might be difficult to do, but it’s beneficial for good Mental Health.  In fact, taking a break from social media will reduce stress and anxiety.  If you spend 30 minutes a day on social media, try to do something different to take its place.  For example, play a game with your family, write a letter to a friend, plant a garden, go for a bike ride, well, you get the picture. If you are tempted to open up your social media app, you may consider deleting it for a short period of time, you can always re-install it later.

Exercise — If you have shortchanged your exercise routine during the pandemic, you are not alone. Make a conscious effort to reboot your exercise regime. You might start by taking a 30-minute morning walk the first week. Week two you might add a second walk in the evening. If you become ambitious, add other exercise routines in the weeks to come.

Breathing Breaks — It's amazing how much better you will feel after you schedule time throughout your day for deep breathing breaks.  Breathing is an essential part of life and it can also reduce anxiety and stress as well as help you concentrate and focus better.

Counseling — Has the pandemic left you anxious all the time? You may want to consider some counseling sessions. There are virtual counseling sessions available amidst the pandemic. The key is finding a good Christian counselor you can connect with.

Take Time to Read — Find a good book that will take you away from your normal daily routine.  Not only will you find enjoyment in reading, but reading will help reduce stress.

The pandemic has left us emotionally exhausted, so the summer months will be a great time to get our mental health in check.  By doing so it will help you get ready for the 2021/2022 school year.  Oh, and don't forget to have fun!







Evelyn Sullivan, M.Ed.

Director of Early Childhood Education and R.E.A.C.H.

Summer Self-Care for Educators

Summer 2021

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