SEL has become a buzz word and it seems like everyone keeps saying that we need to check on our students and teachers... but who is actually teaching students to name their emotions and regulate them? Who is teaching students to understand why they are reacting in a certain way? SEL practices have been around for a long time, and I think we need to share some tools with our students. These practices are truly THE BEST way to settle down and keep our students grounded and focus throughout the class.
I have seen A LOT of posts directed at teachers saying "don't take work home", "the holidays are for you to enjoy", "enjoy your time without work", "finish all your grading now before the break", "plan your first week back now", "avoid thinking about work during your vacation", etc, etc, etc... I get it... I have been there; I have graded everything before the break so I can enjoy my vacation without thinking about work, but I have also been the teacher to grade during my vacation time and I don't regret it!
Fighting the Sunday scaries right before going back to the classroom after a long break is SO HARD!!!! I can usually shake it off by reviewing my plans for the week (which I usually finish the week before. I HAVE TO stay organized or my anxiety can get the best of me) but the Sunday scaries the day coming back from break are a different story... those I can't shake easily!!! So... here are some ideas that, hopefully, will help you stay calm and give you some space to transition from vacation to classroom mode.
A lot of people think about self-care as something to do after they are already feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, stressed out and stretched to the max. For me, self-care should be preventive. We HAVE TO take care of ourselves everyday to avoid the stress and burnout, not wait until we are already feeling our worst to try to fix it. During the pandemic, I spent a lot of time figuring out what preventive measures I needed to take to make sure I was taking care of myself every day.
Mis mejores amigas siempre me dicen que no sé cómo relajarme... y en realidad creo que mi problema es que soy extremista. Cuando estoy trabajando, me dedico a eso al 150% y cuando estoy en plan relajo, también me olvido de todo y todos y solo me dedico a mí... pero, ¿en dónde está el balance en eso? Salí de vacaciones el 9 de junio y como ya tenía planificadas las vacaciones a Cancún no se me hizo difícil entrar en "vacation mode". Ahora que estoy en casa, estoy perdida... ¿qué hago?
I am a very anxious person... I have always been... and I have been in and out of therapy since I can remember... but, I have always been very insightful. I've always known what I wanted to be and what I wanted to accomplish. This has been the greatest gift, because knowing myself has been key to heal and care for my body, mind and spirt. I truly believe that when we know ourselves we are able to understand our emotions, and our body and mind's needs... and this is what we need to practice self-care that is tailored for us.
¡Hola! There are many things I love and many things I am afraid of. Writing is both a passion and a fear that I need to conquer. I will share with you anything that I want to express and hopefully my stories can inspire you to become a better version of yourself too.
Remember that being brave means to face your fears. Being fearless doesn't require courage.