Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and trauma have gained major traction as educators seek to support the mental well-being of their students. Stress management skills are tips to develop coping skills with your emotions, handling stress, anxiety, or stressful situations. How can we identify what things are causing us stress and ways to manage stress? Take the time throughout the day to identify any stress signs in your body, and every day ask yourself: How do I feel today? Do not ignore the symptoms and signs of stress, and take the time to breathe. Do you know that schools are intentionally integrating Social Emotional Learning components in every learning experience? A study from 2020 by EdWeek found that 74% of educators were using SEL strategies in the classroom, and a 2019 CDC report noted that trauma is possibly the largest public health issue facing our children. Our goal is to help our kiddos cope with trauma and stress from the world beyond the classroom, and we gather a couple some tips and SEL best practices.
Do you know what effective stress management is?
Do you know that effective stress management routines could make your life healthier? The fact that it unleashes happiness, healthfuller, and efficiency at work, in school, in your personal life. These techniques can help you to destress and find your well-being. If you are living under a lot of stress, you are putting yourself at risk. Sometimes we need to identify things that help us improve and feel better, and help us manage stress and anxiety. I have a suggestion for you. Have you ever seeing those animals’ feelings scales? You should try one of those days. On a dog scale, How are you today? Comment down below based on the images. What do you think? Please tell me your number and why. I would love to see and read how do you feel. Use this scale with your students, yourself, and your family. You can print one by clicking this link here.
The ultimate goal is to find balance in your life, your job, and your personal life; I highly recommend you accept all the challenges from life.
You can take control of your stress now, and feel relived
I recently received a phone call from a family member who is not feeling well, dealing with many stress, health issues, and things that she doesn’t like to feel. I believe that she’s undergoing much pressure in her life, which is producing her health issues. Does it sound familiar? Does it sound like something like you went through recently or someone you loved? Unfortunately, stress doesn’t discriminate; if you’re a teacher, a mom, a dad, a student, an adult, a teenager, or children. I can tell you that you are not the only one, all of us suffer from stress at different levels, and it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. It is in our hands to seek help, talk, or find strategies to help ourselves. You are the only person who can take action; take action now.
“If you take control of your stress, your life will thank you for it” Shareka Dunston.
Here are some questions to make her reflect. What is causing you stress? Did something change recently? Are you having significant changes at work? Is it something bothering you right now? Are you having problems in your marriage?
Discover how to identify your Stress Factors
Some stress factors could be work, family, a specific family situation, financial problems, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, food, and more. These stress factors can take you down. Stress management starts by identifying the stress factors in your life. To identify true stress factors, we must find the roots of our problems by being honest and looking at our habits, mindsets, and responses to different situations. Many things in life will cause you stress and imbalance in your life, like not sleeping, overeating, reacting, or screaming at people not giving the best of you.
What are the Positive Impact from Stress Management?
The positive impact from Stress Management is that you can sleep better, you can be more productive at work, feel in a better mood, have more stamina, may feel empowered, happier, healthier, alive, you can control your weight, get along better with friends, co-workers, and family members. Humans often become resilient to stress even though it is not ok not to cope. Are you in survival mode?
Ways to manage stress
I have a list of seven stress management techniques for you. The first one is to organize yourself, life, events, work, family. The second one is to do something that brings you joy and a lot of smiles. The third one is excessive or takes a walk every day. The fourth one is to talk to a trusted friend or adult. The fighting one practices yoga, meditation, prayer, mindfulness. The sixth one takes time and separate time for Self Care. The seventh one, allow yourself to take a nap if needed to recharge.