Wellness Tips for Educators
July 26, 2021
This month, we are shedding light on BIPOC Mental Health Awareness. As educators, we are constantly pouring into other people; we also need to find time to fill our own cups.
We often find ourselves struggling to make time for ourselves because we’re caught up in our lengthy to-do lists and the challenges of creating boundaries to separate work life from home life.
After my first four months of teaching, and teaching throughout the pandemic, I knew something had to change to prevent the feeling of burnout in my work and homelife.
Here are six things that have helped me decrease burnout:
1. Prioritize & Set Boundaries
- Use a planner to create a list of tasks that need to be completed throughout the workday
- Do NOT have work email notifications sent to your phone
2. Practice Mindfulness Techniques (you can also try to incorporate some into your classroom)
- Take deep breaths when stressful situations arise
- Set aside time each day to journal
- Notice and appreciate your environment whether in your daily activities or on the car ride to work
- Do deep stretches or yoga before bed, before work, or with your students!
“As educators, we are constantly pouring into other people; we also need to find time to fill our own cups.”
3. Go on dates with friends!
- Spend quality time with quality people
4. Find a therapist
- If you have the means to do so, check out the therapists in your area and pay attention to what they specialize in!
- A good site to find therapists is therapyforblackgirls.com
5. Take a break from technology and social media
- As BIPOC, it can be healthy to break away from social media periodically to recharge
6. And finally, my favorite: Invest in an oil diffuser
- Add candles to create a spa-like experience at home with sounds of John Coltrane
Kaela Spruill (Charlotte-Piedmont Triad '19) is a third-year high school science teacher at Julius Chambers High School in Charlotte, NC. She loves people and all things self-care. After experiencing burnout during her first-year, she decided something needed to change.