December Monthly Newsletter
Self-care now means resiliency in the spring - tips below!
A recent article in The Washington Post revealed that "1 in 4 teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school every year." Unacknowledged stress, leading to illness and fear-based avoidance of work, were cited as top reasons for the absences. At The Teaching Well, we aim to resolve the root causes of stress and bolster educator well-being. Making your health a priority over break means that January and February are more productive, joyful and easeful. Support your well-being this holiday season by:
1. Deep breathing. The holidays cause stress inside and outside the classroom. Taking five full-bodied breaths during class periods or transitions (or as soon as soon is over) reduces overwhelm.
2. Asking for help. If you've had our Strengths Development PD, remember that part of wellness is asking for clear and specific support when needed. Try this with your families too!
3. Sleeping. Chronic stress and illness are much harder to avoid when we skip sleep. We promise, the grading can wait.
The Teaching Well is a non-profit teacher wellness organization that believes that the health and well-being of educators make a critical difference in school culture, teacher retention and the lives of students. Read about our work, our team, how to support us, or how to bring us to your school site.