It is now possible to make sure that coping toolkits are available when teachers need them the most by adding new resetting and relaxing strategies to them. When you’re at the beach, hiking in the woods, or savoring an ice cream cone, it’s easy to feel tranquil and at ease, and it is. When dealing with the rigors of the classroom, it can be more difficult to access that state of tranquillity. But the summer can be a great time to expand our repertoire of coping mechanisms and hone new skills so they’ll be ready when you need them.
Our bodies can unwind, our minds can be reset, and our emotions can be controlled when we pay attention to our breath. Start with a four-count breathing exercise and pay attention to how your body, mind, and emotions change. Once you’ve found a breathing technique that works for you, try some others.
By using sensation to focus your attention on the here and now, grounding can help you control powerful emotions. Grounding techniques include picking up an object, taking in a scent, or even moving your toes. It’s more likely that you’ll execute the task when your sense of calm is absent if you practice it when you’re composing.
It can be surprisingly difficult to overcome negative thinking, but positive self-talk can assist. Begin by recognizing yourself. Take a break if a critical notion surfaces. Right now, what advice would you give a student? Give it a shot; chances are it’ll be supportive and useful. Until you perfect the habit, “I’m trying my best” or “I’m still learning” can be effective entrance points.