Wellness During COVID-19
A pandemic is a type of natural trauma.
It’s a fact: experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or other feelings of helplessness during a pandemic is normal.
The amount of support during this time can significantly impact the amount of time it takes to recover from the stress response. During the pandemic, educators might feel additional pressure on top of taking care of themselves and their loved ones. It is important to engage in self-care and keep routines.
Here are some ways to keep routines consistent:
- Wake up at the same time every weekday.
- Go to bed at a regular time.
- Set a timer for regular breaks and meals during the day.
It’s important to stay socially connected with your friends, family, and teaching community.
Schedule a regular check-in with colleagues once a day or once a week. If you are struggling, you are not alone. It’s good to support each other during this time even if it’s through a five-minute call to say “hi” and share what’s new.
Pick up the phone and call a friend. Talking with friends and family over the phone or over an online video platform can be more beneficial than texting or social media. Venting your frustrations to a close friend can even release some of the stress you might be feeling.
COVID-19 and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health
This U.S. Department of Education resource provides information to enhance the promotion of mental health and the social and emotional well-being among children and students. The document highlights seven key challenges to providing school- or program-based mental health support across early childhood, K–12 schools, and higher education settings, and presents seven corresponding recommendations.