Heading 1NDMTSS Conference
Teachers have always needed to know and practice protective strategies in their social emotional first aid kits to manage the daily stressors of working on the front lines of a human-service oriented profession. That need has never been greater given the massive increase in uncertainty and unpredictability in the teaching profession and in one's personal life due to COVID.
In short, teaching is emotional labor-- the effort required to manage and metabolize strong emotions like anger, shame, guilt, anxiety, and overwhelm, as well as generate and stoke positive emotions like joy, hope, and compassion.
Stress significantly diminishes a teacher's capacity to regulate their negative emotions and cultivate positive emotions. Ironically, teachers who leave the profession often cite their inability to cope with their own emotional reactions to loss of control, unpredictability, and lack of purpose in their teaching as the primary reason for burnout.
There are many, many strategies and practices rooted in cognitive and affective neuroscience and social and behavioral sciences that teachers can learn, practice, and integrate into their personal and professional lives as teachers to metabolize stress, manage negative energy, protect themselves from the burnout cycle, and find joy in teaching the whole year through!
In this session, teachers will:
Explore the core elements of the teacher burnout cycle and learn how to protect one's self from the 2 paths to burning out,
Explore how caring for your mental health allows you, as a teacher, to engage in ethical care for your students.
Learn how to restory negative self-thought patterns that produce anxiety, overwhelm, and negative rumination,
Explore the top 10 stress-producing thoughts of teachers, and learn how to name and notice your producing thoughts,
Learn about the 4 core elements of positive and healthy self-talk through the practice of self-compassion,
Learn how to transform negative self-talk into mental resilience and increased self-efficacy through the C.A.R.E cycle,
Extend and add to your Present Teacher Practice Plan for your MENTAL Health & Immunity.
STRESS REDUCING Self-Talk
MINDFUL SELF- AWARENESS vs
"I AM NOT ALONE."
PERSERVATING ON IMPERFECTION
PERFECTIONISM IS NOT REALISTIC or HELPFUL
CHOOSING TO BE KIND TO THE SELF vs SELF-JUDGMENT
Step 1: Perseverate on the Positive
Practice "Hardwiring Happiness" by Dr. Hanson
Step 2: Intentional Self-Compassion
Practice the C.A.R.E Cycle with moments of suffering