With Springtime in the air and new beginnings happening in nature all around us, it is a good time to start to think about new beginnings for teachers and their mental health and wellness. There is a common understanding that early childhood programs play a vital role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Parents’ stress is lessened knowing that their children are in the care of loving and responsible teachers, and children’s stress is lessened when they are in a positive learning environment. With such a huge task before us, to help lessen the stress for teachers, programs should have wellness strategies that promote both the physical and mental well-being of their staff.
Taking care of yourself is a huge part of being able to take care of the children in your program. This is especially true if teachers are faced with children who have challenging behaviors. When teachers feel rested and calm, they can respond more appropriately to the children in their classrooms. By contrast, when teachers are feeling stressed, exhausted, or frustrated, they may find it difficult to respond to children’s behaviors in a helpful way. T
We know that stress is a part of life. Too much stress can cause health problems and can make teaching more difficult and thus teacher stress can even contribute to children's challenging behaviors as mentioned earlier. To answer this call, we here at H&H Child Care Training Center are offering classes on helping both teachers and children cope with daily stressors that can cause a decline in overall health. Click on our website to learn more about our “I’m So Stressed” and “Stressbusters: Stress Management for Child Care Providers” classes and start to take care of your mental health today!
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