BE WELL Educators
Being an educator can be very taxing even in the best of conditions. We are people who charge in looking to help, but the current pandemic has thrown everything out of whack. Our students are on a screen, our co-workers are no longer down the hall, and many of our healthy coping mechanisms may no longer work. This is a time when we need to make sure to "put our oxygen masks on first" before helping others. This means staying connected socially, trying out new coping skills, and reaching out for help.
COVID-19 & Educators
As educators we may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or grief during this pandemic. We have been torn from our schools. We may feel a sense of helplessness as we watch our students and families struggle with the challenges of their situation. We may struggle with new remote learning technology or feel like our students are falling behind.
We likely feel a sense of loss as we see the school year progresses from home. Additionally, we are seeing the news with all of the suffering that COVID-19 is bringing to the world, worrying about our own health, and caring for families.
It's a lot. But the good news is that there are things we can all do to help us meet these challenges. On this site, you will find resources specific to educator wellness in the time of COVID-19.
It's likely that we are all feeling the stress of the pandemic and remote learning. But, being able to put a finger on exactly what you are experiencing can be helpful. Mental Health America provides a variety of self-assessments that can help pin-point what you are experiencing. The results are meant to help guide you to better self-care and are not a diagnostic tool.
Mental Health and Wellness Resources
It can be hard to take the time for ourselves, but taking care of ourselves ensures that we can be there for our own families, our students, and their families. Below are a just a few apps or websites that you can use for self-care. Each is evidence-based and free.
Get Support Now
Use the following supports to find someone to talk to. From finding a long-term therapist to a quick check-in these resources can ensure that we have the help we need.