How to Manage Personal and Professional Anxiety

Sometimes teachers experience their own anxiety when working with a student who is struggling. It these cases, it becomes important that teachers have strategies for coping and self-care.  Below are some tips for where to start.

As an educator, you are most likely curious and value learning about new things.  If you have a student struggling with anxiety or OCD, familiarize yourself with these conditions – what they are, how they manifest, and their impact on functioning – in order to better understand what your student is experiencing and to dispel the idea that they are not real.

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Remember to Take Care of Yourself!

Working in the school system can be a difficult and often stressful job.  It is important to remember to take care of ourselves as we continue to take care of our students.

A great, free resource for all school personnel is Headspace - https://www.headspace.com/educators .  Headspace is a mindfulness app that can be helpful to you and your colleagues in your self-care journey, in addition to giving you ideas for helping your students.

A longer list of self-care suggestions, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can be found by clicking here.

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