This year is one for the books. Finding balance as a teacher has always been difficult but…throw in a pandemic…and teacher stress and overwhelm is at an all time high!
I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to make a change! What if 2021 is the year that we set healthy boundaries and prioritize self-care?
BUT let’s be real…as a teacher, taking time for self-care can feel impossible.
That’s why we decided to create a quick and easy set of resources that you could use before, during or after your workday. De-stress in 5 minutes or less!
The Self-Care Teacher Toolkit makes taking care of your wellbeing feel possible, even when you have mountains of teacher tasks to cross off your list.
Imagine a toolkit of ready-to-use self-care strategies that help you to shift your body out of the stress response so that you can be more present for yourself and others, so that you can feel more focused and so that you can feel more energized and motivated.
The Self-Care Teacher Toolkit is organized into themes or toolkits. Each toolkit offers a different self-care practice that will help you to process and manage your emotions mindfully. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, or just in need of a quiet moment, choose a toolkit that fits your mood and enjoy 5 minutes of self-care.
Wellness that you can actually fit into your daily routine!
In the Guided Mindfulness Toolkit, you’ll find a 5 minute guided mindfulness practice that will help you to reduce feelings of overwhelm and connect to the present moment, one breath at a time. Simply sit in a comfortable position in a quiet place and press play.
In the Journaling Toolkit, you’ll find journaling prompts to help you process your emotions and shift your mindset. Set a timer for 5 minutes and use the writing prompts to guide you through a reflective process.
In the Kindness and Gratitude Toolkit, you’ll find a bingo style card with gratitude and kindness prompts. These prompts will encourage you to take actions that will focus your attention on the things you have to be grateful for. It will also help you shift your emotional state.
When we’re feeling big emotions, especially stress, a great way to process those emotion messengers in our bodies and shift your state is with movement! In the Movement Toolkit, you’ll find a list of short and effective movements. You can do them just about anywhere to to help calm or energize you.
Our mindset and our emotional state begins with the words we say to ourselves. In the Affirmation Toolkit, you’ll find a list of affirmations to help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired or like you aren’t doing enough.
Finally, in the Podcast Toolkit, we’ve curated a list with links to our most helpful The Balanced Educator Podcast episodes. Listen to an episode on your way to work, during your lunch hour, while you’re cooking or at any other time that you’d like to learn something new, feel uplifted and support your wellbeing.
Think of the Self-Care Teacher Toolkit as a grab bag of wellness strategies for when you want to process or shift your emotions. Just log in, choose a Toolkit and de-stress in 5 minutes or less!