By Jimmy Warden
As a public school teacher, I understand the amount of stress involved with being an educator.
It’s crucial to handle the stressors of a school day in a composed way because you’ll drown if you don’t.
You’ll get overwhelmed, you’ll get depressed, you’ll lose hope.
I don’t want that for you, and you don’t want that for you. Most importantly, your students don’t want that for you.
So, let’s dive into 3 mindfulness tips to help you manage your stress.
Notice your thoughts and feelings
It’s easy to have negative thoughts and feelings at work. The public school system is shattered, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change any time soon.
Dwelling on responsibilities brings despair and hopelessness. It seems like you’re never doing enough. Your emotions spiral.
I was at work last week and I realized how much I needed to do to ensure my students were closing achievement gaps. I felt hopeless.
But then, I noticed that. I leaned into it. The feeling subsided and gave me fuel to forge ahead.
Use the S.T.O.P. method
The S.T.O.P. method manages in-the-moment stress.
Stop what you’re doing.
Take a breath.
Observe your environment.
Proceed without judgment.
I have a noisy class that blurts out often. This method instantly quiets down the class each time I use it.
Best part? I don’t have to use my voice!
Focus on the Controllables
There’s so much you can’t control in a school day, so focus on what you can.
- Your attitude
- Your energy
- Your enthusiasm
I became cognizant of this while dwelling on the achievement gaps in my classroom.
So I let go of my dwelling. It didn’t serve me.
I immediately felt better and started thinking clearly about a solution.
I hope you try one of these tips at school this week.
Who knows, it might be what you need to turn your day around.