Teacher, Check out these 5 Self-care Tips for You! | Beyond Small Talk

Modules. Online classes. Reports.

Sounds familiar, don’t they?

In fact, they are so familiar and important that you tend to give your all to provide quality learning experience to your students. They are so valuable that sometimes, these things that you love to do become the source of your stress and burnout.

Influencer, mental health advocate, and Beyond Small Talk host Jericho Arceo shares helpful self-care tips so teachers and educators like you can still thrive while staying committed to your noble profession:

1. Engage in self-care

What can you do to take care of yourself? Start with yourself.

In this time of crisis, teachers like you are exerting more effort to the point of skipping meals or not getting enough sleep. But self-care isn’t selfish! 

Take care of your sleep, make sure you eat healthy foods, and do not underestimate the value of exerciseBe a little kinder to your body 

Jericho shares, “When we take care of our bodies, eventually, our mental health is being taken care of. It is important to take care of our bodies intentionally, so we can take care of others – in line with the second commandment which is to love our neighbors. 

2. Identify sources of stress

Identifying the sources of stress in your work  and in your life  is helpful. If you can pin-point your triggers, you can begin to find ways on how you can successfully manage and respond to them.

So, what is your stressor? Is it the deadlines? The workload? Your colleagues? Or the pressure to adjust to new modes of learning?

3. Support group is important

Figuratively speaking, no man is an island.

Scientifically speaking, having trusted people around you is important, too. In fact, research titled “The Correlation of Social Support with Mental Health from the National Library of Medicine has shown that having a good support system can have a positive impact on one’s mental health. 

Make sure your support group understands you, listens to you, loves you, and prays for you. They will lead you closer to God and insulate you in times of mental health problems. Choose your friends,” Jericho suggests. 

 4. Seek professional help

Are you struggling to sleep, feeling restless or downbecoming sick, or lacking interest in things you used to be so passionate about?

A certain amount of work-related stress is inevitable, but a burnout is a more serious type of stress. You may want to consider talking to a doctor or a mental health provider so they can help you work through it.

If you are now experiencing burnout or any mental health problem, it is important to seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with that,” Jericho reminds.  

5. Rest

Some people feel an overwhelming sense of guilt whenever they rest. Perhaps, that feeling stems out of the belief that one’s productivity equates to one’s worth.

But rest is productive, too.

According to Psychology Today’s article Rest for Successyour “downtime” can boost your biological intelligenceApart from that great benefit, rest also helps increase your productivity, creativity, and attention to detail. 

So, take your time off – and the next time you do, gently remind yourself that rest is required, and you deserve it.

To Jericho, one of the best things you can do as you rest is to pray and have a personal time with God, “Pray to God, because God is the one who understands you when you cannot verbalize what you feel.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Are you feeling restless?

It would be our joy to comfort you through prayers and introduce you to the ultimate source of rest and peaceDo not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 and we would love to pray for you.

Catch the next Beyond Small Talk webisode this Saturday, 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

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