Teacher Stress Relief

This year as I settle into my new role as school counselor, memories of teaching and the stress associated with it still linger.  I don't think anyone could have ever prepared me for the amount of responsibility and worry that goes along with being a teacher.  Balancing the needs of the students, with the demands of the state, the expectations from admin, evaluations, the requests from parents, and the paperwork was overwhelming.  I admire anyone who can teach and keep it together.  There were times when I felt my sanity slipping.

As a counselor, I want to keep teacher needs on my priority list.  I think it is important to keep our teachers healthy and mentally balanced.  They are so busy that they sometimes forget about self-care. 

Exercise is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress, yet it can also be one of the hardest things for teachers to fit into their schedules.  This year, I kept thinking how nice it would be if we just had an exercise machine or two at the school for those days when getting to the gym was not within reach.  So, I decided just to "ask" for donations on a facebook group in our community.  Boy was I surprised.  We had four machines donated within a few hours.  BAM!  The new teacher fitness center was born.  Ask and you shall receive?!!!

Teacher "work room" becomes "work OUT" room. 

Made this calendar to sign up for the machines.

This make-over was the first step.  In honor of Stress Awareness Month in April, I plan to create a "Fitness Challenge" binder for teachers to compete for weekly prizes. 

Purchase the Stress Busters for Teachers Pack
For Teachers trying to keep track of weight loss, I found these cute weight loss trackers all over etsy.  Just put stickers in the left side representing the number of pounds you need to lose.  Move the stickers to the right as you lose!  I clipped mine into my Teacher Planner.


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