Month: July 2017

Teacher Depression And Anxiety – 3 Ways Teachers Can Cope With Depression & Anxiety During The School Year

Approximately 6.8 million American adults  have generalized anxiety disorder and nearly 5 million, have been diagnosed with depression; teachers suffering from these conditions may be even higher. Both depression and anxiety are more common in women than in men, and with the larger population of women in the teaching profession, it’s highly likely that the proportion of teachers are or have suffered depression or anxiety at some point i their career.

Don’t let depression or anxiety steal your love for teaching and your ability to enjoy life itself.  Here are five tips to help keeping your spirit up during the school year.

  1. Buddy up – It’s always a good idea to find someone whom you can relate to during certain journeys. Finding  a co-worker to partner with during the school year can essential help keep your sanity. Your co-buddy can be someone you maybe to vent to on bad days or help your get through any moments of anxiety such as the first day of school.
  2. Routine – Although routines  feel structured,  we often need routines to help us mentally schedule our daily to do list or to simply set the tone for the day without feeling scattered.
  3. Seek help – If you’re an introvert and have a hard time expressing yourself to others, or to your loved ones about work, we suggest seeking help whether it may be a mentor or therapist. It’s important to seek the help needed to teach with a clear head.

Montville Counseling Center offers therapy sessions for teachers, and provide guidance and tools to live a happy and healthy life. We offer a FREE 30 min look me over session to start! Call us now (973) 331-0043

 

The Teacher Summer Survival Guide – 5 Ways To Finding Yourself After A Long School Year

Unlike most professions teachers are given 2-3 months of summer break after a 10 month school year. Summer break are the perfect time to leave behind the overwhelming demands of the school year and check in to make sure you’re still there under all those layers of labels – teacher, co-worker, employee, mentor advisor, parent, partner, etc.

Here are 5 suggestions how to slow down this summer and reconnect with yourself before starting a new school year.

  1. Shift into low gear – put away the long to-do list and let your body rest; slow pace
  2. Celebrate your success – reflect on the school year and all the positive things that happened; the children whose lives you affected, the learning tools your provided, new things you discovered, etc.
  3. Be Still – Take an hour first thing in the morning or sometime during the day to do absolutely nothing. Focus on the present moment and allow your thoughts to set free. Try adding Meditation to your daily routine headspace app is perfect for beginners
  4. Self Care – besides being a caretaker to students in their classrooms, teachers also have other caretaker responsibilities; to their children, spouses, friends and families. Remind yourself that self care is important and summer break is the time to practice self care.
  5. Reconnect – During the school year it’s hard to connect with our loved ones as often as we’d like. Use this time off to fill your love tank with those who are important to you.

 

Montville Counseling Center offers therapy sessions for teachers, and provide guidance and tools to live a happy and healthy life. We offer a FREE 30 min look me over session to start! Call us now (973) 331-0043

 

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