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Educators’ Own Mental Health

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

No one on this planet experiences perfect mental health or wellness at all times. Therefore, the key to optimal mental health is to remember to balance life. Life is a balancing act.  Mental health can affect all areas of our life: spiritual journey, marriage, relationships, eating habits, sleep, our ability to make wise choices, physical health, and much more. Therefore, mental health is as crucial to our lives as our physical well-being. So why should mental health matter?  When one’s mental health suffers, you start feeling mentally and physically drained.

Teaching can be exhausting, and the added stress of helping children, adolescents, and their families navigate mental health challenges can be emotionally draining. Therefore, you must take time to care for yourself. Practicing self-care is in the best interest of all the students in your classroom.

Self-care can help you stay on top of your game and handle the challenges during the school day.  Ideally, we all should be incorporating self-care into our daily routine. However, our busy schedules often get in our way.  Think of it this way: your mental health cup needs to be at total capacity for you to work at optimal levels.  So, when you start to feel like your mental health cup is near empty, it’s time to fill it up.

Tips to help you fill up your mental health cup:



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