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When the news is changing by the minute and all communications quickly transition to digital, it’s easy to overload on media. Use your phone or computer’s built-in tools to set daily limits on apps and turn off the TV for a few hours to engage your brain in activities such as reading or exercise.
Take a Break from Social Media
It’s all too easy to get stuck inside, tapping away at your laptop, preparing for your class, and lose track of time and place. Don’t forget to get some sun. A 2020 study from the Library of Science shows a connection between sunlight and serotonin, leading to improved mental health.
Get Some Sunlight, or a UV Lamp
Communicating with students and parents, rewriting plans, rethinking how you do your job…it’s all time-consuming and stress-inducing. Make sure you take time to get active and get the blood pumping. Recent studies show that an active lifestyle combats stress, anxiety, and depression. Make space for some yoga or bodyweight HIIT training.
Get Your Yoga On
Your students and peers are working through the same uncertainties you are, and they’re looking to you. More importantly, being emotionally transparent is beneficial both for your mental health and the quality of your student interactions. A recent study on distance learning shows us that being honest, emotional, and transparent during e-learning has a pronounced effect on both student outcomes
Be Honest and Open with the Kids