The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways and has created a lot of new stress and uncertainty. In times like this, prioritizing mental health is especially important. While so many things are out of your control, taking care of yourself is one thing that you can do to make things feel a little bit less overwhelming. In this article, we are sharing resources and tips for self-care that can easily fit into the busy lives of educators and caregivers.
Stress and anxiety are natural responses to the uncertainty and disruption we are all experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are sheltering in place or still caring for children, this is a challenging and scary time. It is more important than ever to carve out some time to help yourself re-center. In this article, we share a few suggestions for decreasing stress and increasing mindfulness.
Now that the summer heat has died down, the weather is perfect for a walk around the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Trail, which stretches from Brisbane to Mountain View, offers a variety of different hikes and beautiful water-front scenery. And this year, the Bay Trail is celebrating its 30th birthday.
Working with early learners is an important and rewarding career, with opportunities to form relationships with families and watch children grow and learn. But, it is also no secret that the work of early learning professionals is not easy. When the stress of the job becomes overwhelming, it can have an impact on mental health and personal wellbeing. To combat stress, it is important to take time to practice self-care.
Lunch breaks can be a great time to go for a walk and get fresh air. Whether you are walking on your own or with company, your walk can rejuvenate you physically and mentally. Incorporating meditation during all or even just the first few minutes of your walk enables you to do a personal check-in before taking on the rest of the day.
Nap time is an essential component of the pre-k curriculum, according to a research study funded by the National Science Foundation. Cognitive researchers found that variations in children’s nap patterns are related to the rapid growth of the hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps regulate emotions, learning and memory.
With the new year just around the corner, many of us are starting to reflect on this past year and consider implementing some changes for 2019. Unfortunately, resolutions are often difficult to commit to and many of us break promises we made to ourselves within just a few weeks. So how do we make changes that stick?
While nap time should be relaxing, it often can end up feeling stressful and hectic. NAEYC recommends using the transition to nap time as an opportunity to help children take a break from the day’s activities. What can you do to create an environment of relaxation and to help release children from the activities and tensions of the day?
While we know the importance of practicing mindfulness and wellness for ourselves, have you ever thought about incorporating it into your curriculum for the children in your care? Just as our bodies and minds benefit from simple meditation and yoga practices, children can too! According to an article from PBS, Why Yoga and Kids Go Together, “Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match.”
According to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America (AAFA), “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children. Surveys indicate that nearly five million American children under age 18 have experienced asthma symptoms. Many of those children begin developing asthma in very early childhood, before they turn five years of age.” In order to ensure that the children in your care are safe, it is important to be informed about asthma and know the warning signs to look for and how to keep your classroom or center clean and free of irritants.