The start of a new school year can be an exciting and challenging time for teachers. As students return to the classroom, teachers are faced with the task of reestablishing routines, building relationships, and creating a positive learning environment. However, the transition back to school can also be stressful and overwhelming, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips for managing personal mental health during the transition back to school:
Prioritise self-care: Taking care of yourself is essential for maintaining good mental health. Make sure to set aside time for activities that you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, or spending time with friends and family.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation, can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and clear your mind. There are some great strategies in the Switch4Schools app you can try specifically for this purpose!
Create a schedule: Having a set schedule can help provide structure and routine, which can be comforting during times of uncertainty. Make sure to schedule in time for work and personal responsibilities, as well as self-care activities.
Communicate with colleagues: Share your concerns and experiences with colleagues. Talking with others who are going through similar experiences can provide support and help alleviate feelings of isolation.
Seek professional help: If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression, it is important to seek professional help. Your school may have an employee assistance program (EAP) or a counselor that you can contact for support.
Remember that it is normal to experience stress during the transition back to school, and that it is important to take care of yourself. By prioritising self-care and seeking support when needed, you can help ensure a successful and healthy start to the new school year.