Self-care is never a selfish act–it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.
Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak.
How has COVID-19 disrupted your life? It is now beyond any doubt that all of us have been impacted by the current pandemic in some way. In the context of schools, educators have had to pick up an enormous load – shifting very rapidly to adjust to new technologies and devise new approaches to teaching and learning while in lockdown.
Learning new skills and being adaptive to new situations is highly stressful. While everybody responds to stressors differently, for many it has left them with feelings of uncertainty and they are anxious about the future.
At EdComm we strive to provide Christian educators with resources that give practical support as you seek to present Christ in the classroom. We realise that investment in positive teacher well-being helps to enable you to fulfil the demanding task of teaching in the modern classroom. Investing in positive self-care is a visible way that we seek to honour the Lord Jesus with all that we are and have.
In an effort to help you deal with anxiety and build resilience both now and into the future we have created a resource entitled COVID-19 Survival and Recovery Tips. This resource is designed as a guide and workbook leading you step-by-step through a series of strategies providing you with personal insight into your stressors and tools to enable you to build resilience.
To help you come to terms with stress and plan for greater resilience, the booklet examines the following topics as a series of progressive steps:
- Learning your 'ABC' to understand how adversities, beliefs and our behavioural consequences are connected.
- Understanding and analysing the 'Eight Thinking Traps' in personal practice to build awareness and find strategies to avoid their impact.
- Detecting the 'Hidden Icebergs' that are our, sometimes, unconscious fixed beliefs that shape our feelings and behaviour.
- Learning to become less reactive and more resilient to adversity by understanding how to change beliefs and thinking patterns.
- Developing the skills to lower anxiety by learning to put things into perspective.
- Considering techniques to help reduce your body's response to stress.
- Learning the skills to apply 'real-time resilience' by addressing counter-productive beliefs as they occur.
- Learning how to use resilience training with children.