Coping with COVID: AltaPointe Health shares 6 mental health tips for teachers and school staff | News

MOBILE, Ala., February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The stress of COVID-19 can seem endless, especially for teachers and school staff. Juggling ever-changing school duties with home life and all the challenges everyone faces can be overwhelming.

AltaPointe Health Associate Director of Access to Care, Jennifer Palomo GregoryLPC-S, NCC, shares some ways teachers and school staff can regain control and manage their mental well-being.

1. CONTROL ONLY THE CONTROLLABLE.

“We can’t do everything and we can’t control everything,” Gregory said.

Let go of things that are beyond your control.

“You can control making a package for that kid or that student and sending it home. You can’t control how many they’re going to finish. And that can be frustrating because we want our kids to be engaged. We want our children to devote time to school, but the other side of the coin is what happens at home?” explains Grégory.

Try to focus on the things you can control, like how you spend your time and the most important priorities.

“If we’re doing the best we can, and we’re doing what we have to do – our job – and documenting and verifying, that’s all we can do at this point. Show that we’re working towards those goals, and that’s where we are,” added Gregory.

2. LEAVE YOURSELF A LITTLE

“You can’t set the bar too high because you’re going to burn out,” Gregory said.

Know that you are not meant to be everything to everyone. Redefine your expectations of yourself and others.

“I can’t do everything right now. What can’t I do that’s not as important? What is repetitive work? What things do we need to focus on and do now? explains Gregory.

Remember to focus on the positives and don’t be too hard on yourself when things aren’t perfect.

“We’re humans, and there’s not much we can do. And sometimes, even in our imperfections, that’s where we learn the most and grow the most,” Gregory added.

3. CREATE TIME FOR YOURSELF

“It can be five minute increments here, or 10 minutes there. Whether it’s closing your door, taking a deep breath, maybe playing some music in the background, or ‘have a journal where you write down exactly how you feel in that moment,’ Grégory said.

Make time to stay active and do things you enjoy, whether alone or in a company.

4. INCREASE YOUR RESILIENCE

Believe in yourself and know that you can handle these transitions.

“It’s growing pains, and it hurts. But you’re going to come out of it stronger. And I think if we keep that mentality, at the end of the race what’s there for us, for our kids, for our students, I think that helps us keep going,” Gregory explained.

Practice patience and model positive responses in stressful situations. Then celebrate the small wins for you and your students.

5. ASK FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay in touch with other teachers who understand your difficulties. And build healthy relationships with friends and family.

“You need that listening ear, to be able to talk, to be able to process, to be able to let off steam,” Gregory added.

6. GET PROFESSIONAL HELP

“The job of counselors is to listen to you, understand you, and support you emotionally,” Gregory explained. “And there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. On the contrary, we come out stronger with the help we receive.”

Everyone needs support at some point. If things continue to feel overwhelming, don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

“You are not alone. There are people who want to talk to you, who want to be that support for you. So I encourage you at this stage of life, if you feel frustrated, exhausted, tired, sad like you can’t go on, reach out and ask for help, because help is there.

ABOUT ALTAPOINTE HEALTH

AltaPointe is a whole-person healthcare company, providing primary care and specializing in the treatment of mental health and addictions for over 60 years. Situated in Alabama, AltaPointe provides more than one million primary and mental health services each year. For more information about AltaPointe’s comprehensive continuum of care, call (251) 450-2211 or visit AltaPointe.org.

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april douglasDirector of Public Relations, AltaPointe Health, (251) 544-4639, [email protected]

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