Teachers are one of the backbones of society, they work endlessly to support their students to be the best they can be. They pour their heart and soul into their job to instill great habits into the future generation. This is a lot of responsibility for one person, which puts high pressure on teachers. Teachers struggle because they care about the success of each of their students and what works for one student may not work for every student. With that level of care and responsibility comes a lot of worry, and that struggle to find the best solutions that will make the difference for every student.
Tupac Shakur famously said: “I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will” speaks to the importance of teachers and the difference they make. It can seem like an uphill battle to make sure that no child gets left behind when there are so many learning styles and learning needs in one classroom. Kids often come from unstable family situations that have an impact on their learning and development; nevertheless, teachers strive to foster stable environments for students to feel comfortable and thrive. The love and care teachers feel for their students can easily lead to the mentality that they must be perfect, but TEACHERS STRUGGLE TOO.
Today, we at idareu2bee.com offer teachers a helping hand, reminding them they are not alone. It may seem like you shouldn’t ask for help but it’s okay not to be okay. An amazing teacher is one who can let go of the struggle and let love in. All the tips and tools in the world could never remove the pressure and stress on teachers but using healthy coping methods will improve mental health. To keep being committed to giving kids all the support, teachers need to train their brains so they can live their best life.
Everyone struggles and today’s focus is on our great teachers. We encourage you to LET GO OF STRUGGLE and LET LOVE IN!
Let us first begin with a brief understanding of what struggling is and how it can impact you:
To struggle mentally is to have feelings of stress, sadness, irritability, coping inabilities or other mental health challenges.
Struggling makes it more difficult for you to:
- Focus: it may be hard to focus on the things that are important to you.
- Stay present: You may worry about the past or future forgetting about what’s going on in the present.
- Stay positive: Struggling can fill your mind with negative self-talk and thoughts of defeat similar to: “I cannot do this” or “This is too much for me to handle.” “I’m failing my students.”
So, let’s begin the process of shifting how you think when it comes to things you struggle with. It is not an instant remedy, but with enough practice, you can begin to break stressful habits.
Tips to break the habit of feeling like you are struggling:
- ACCEPT IT – You are not accepting defeat when you accept that you are struggling. You are simply acknowledging your emotions, in order to find healthy coping mechanisms. Realizing these feelings and having a clear understanding that this is happening to you will help clear your head.
- START FRESH– Remove everything from your head and start fresh. Clean out any intrusive thoughts that are not helping you feel calm and powerful. Start fresh by writing down everything you want out of your head and write down everything you want there instead.
- FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT – Set out what is important and the things that are not. When you have a clear goal ahead it is easier to stay focused on what really needs your attention.
- START A JOURNAL- Venting and letting everything out is the best way to free yourself of strong emotions. If you find it difficult to talk to others, write it down. Seeing your thoughts and emotions on paper will help.
- INSPECTING YOUR THOUGHTS- Just like we watch what we put in our bodies, we have to watch what we put into our minds. Inspect your thoughts and let go of all the negative thoughts.
As you practice letting go of struggle, it is important to remind yourself how amazing you are. Without you teaching kids, they would not be able to GROW into amazing adults. We know that you must LET A TREMENDOUS amount of LOVE OUT so that you can keep inspiring and shaping young minds.
Whether you are a teacher that teaches in a classroom for children and teenagers; or a homeschool mom or dad who teaches your kids by day and is a parent by night; or a teacher who teaches adults how to advance their personal and professional skills; YOU ARE a testimony that your courage, love and passion to teach is the push we all need to lead us to our goals and dreams. On behalf of our family at IDareU2Bee.com, we thank you for who you are!
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