As school professionals, you are in a unique position to support our community. Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll. With new pressures and demands during this crisis, anxiety and stress levels may well be higher than usual for you, your students and their families.
- Working from home means a new set of challenges. Give yourself permission to transition gently as you adapt.
- With more screen time and less face time, expect to feel more drained. Take breaks when possible. (Websites like f.lux can help by decreasing blue light.)
- Working from home means you are likely doing multiple jobs - be kind to yourself about what “productive” looks like.
- Find ways to have a defined start and finish for your workday. A structured routine can help.
- Create a separate workspace at home to contain the work experience.
- Email can be relentless. Take breaks and don’t feel obligated to respond at all hours. The people you’re corresponding with could also use a break.
- Just because someone is upset it does not mean they are upset with you. Remember the history of your relationship and the context of the current crisis.
Accept Not Knowing
- Students and families often look to you for answers and it can be stressful not to have them.
- Joining in the unknown with your students and their families can be a source of containment and connection in this crisis.
- Right now, not knowing still means you are doing your job well.
- Find ways to connect to the parts of your job you enjoyed most before this crisis.
- Be creative about finding ways to remain connected to coworkers and students.
- Now is a good time to call on your community resources for support (i.e., friends, family, religious leaders, and mental health professionals).
Take Care of Yourself
- Savor moments of pleasure or fun. Laughter is therapeutic.
- Strengthen connections; be understanding with yourself and others.
- Take breaks from work or caregiving when you can.
- Find time to be alone when you need it and are able – even if it’s just 15 minutes to breathe!