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Visit Our Website | MAY 4, 2023
Volume 23, ISSUE 33

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Repeat the cycle 3-4 times in a 
row at least once per day or when feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Hold in the breath for 
4 seconds.
Take 4 seconds to slowly exhale all the breath through your mouth.
Rest for 4 seconds before repeating 3-4 times.
Take 4 seconds to slowly breathe in deeply through your nose to feel breath in stomach.
To help combat stressors, it's valuable to become self-aware and acknowledge feelings of stress or burnout as a first step in better emotional wellbeing. Some days, weeks, years are easier than others. If you are experiencing feelings of stress, consider making self-care a priority and habit.
While the act of teaching is rewarding, many other factors affect a teacher's work day. Teachers deserve to have support for their own social-emotional growth to be better equipped to their students - both academically and emotionally. Take a moment to consider your own emotional well-being. Are you stressed? Anxious?

Make Time to Breathe
According to a 2021 study published by the journal, Nature, subjective anxiety significantly decreased after only a 5-minute deep slow breathing exercise. The Box Breathing Exercise is effective and can be practice easily while driving to and from work each day.

Headspace for Educators provides teachers with FREE subscriptions. They provide guided relaxation activities. Don't forget about GoNoodle! They have several breathing exercises that can benefit you and your students.
Tips for Teacher TLC
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ...self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. Self-care consists of actions one takes to feel good. These actions can take different forms such as: 
emotional support
social interactions
spiritual experiences
sensory simulation activities
physical activities
In addition to self-care, here are a few suggestions to help foster a greater sense of emotional well-being.
Establish Healthy Boundaries Between Work & Home Life
With 24/7 access to email and digital work resources, it's important to establish healthy boundaries between your work and home lives. Here are a few suggestions to consider.
Limit access to work email by using a separate email app rather than threading it with your personal email messages on your devices.
Be cautious about sharing your personal phone number. Sharing with one or two people can quickly cause your number to be shared exponentially.
Establish email response expectations and communicate them in your Outlook signature. For example, Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply.
Make your teacher website as beneficial for parents/guardians and students as possible to limit the number of emails you receive asking questions that can be answered on their own.
Foster and Promote Digital Positivity
Staying connected with friends and family is important. While social media enables us to share and connect, it can also cause negative emotions. Here are a few suggestions to consider.
Keep your scrolling experience a positive one. When we interact with negative content, we can begin to feel stress and anxiety. The algorithms can compound this, keeping similarly negative content in your feed.
Always be aware of your audience before posting. Not every person has your best intentions in mind. 
Promote positivity. When you see a co-worker or student doing something exceptionally well or impressive, send a quick email to show your appreciation.
Use Tech for a Workday Advantage
While the abundance of technology available might at times feel overwhelming, there are many tech features that can help streamline classroom processes. Here are a few to consider.
Make Outlook folders and use the Rules feature to sort inbox messages for you.
Provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively on formative assignments to foster greater understanding and to build their capacity for higher-quality summative assessment performance.
Encourage the use of the district Homework Help website where there are resources for elementary, middle, and high including live tutoring opportunities.
Fincham, G.W., Strauss, C., Montero-Marin, J. et al. Effect of breathwork on stress and mental health: A meta-analysis of randomised-controlled trials. Sci Rep 13, 432 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-27247-y.
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