Keep calm and carry on!

22 June 2020 7 By miriam

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Remember, if you are not well, you won’t be working at your best, so always take care of your mental health and put yourself first once in a while, because you have to! Try some of the things below to wind down whenever you need it. Remember that getting enough exercise and sleep is important, and always be kind to yourself.

Stress-Less for Teachers, YouTube Channel

This is a channel for you, if you need to wind down and de-stress, and maybe hear some positive affirmations. Check it out here.

Smiling Mind Meditation App (free)

This free Australian meditation app is actually made for the use in the classroom, so you can use it with your students or just enjoy it for yourself. Find it here.

ASMR

WhispersRed on YouTube

If you’ve never heard of ASMR, here’s a definition from Oxford for you:

ASMR is ‘a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.”ASMR is triggered by things like whispering voices, paper tearing, and scalp massage” ‘ The letters stand for : Autonomous sensory meridian response.

This might sound weird to some people who don’t experience ASMR, however, it in fact helps lots of people around the globe to fall asleep, and relax, so it’s definitely worth giving a try. My favourites are WhispersRed, GentleWhispering, and someone who sadly hasn’t posted in a while: ASMR Requests.

Autogenic Training

Autogenic Training is a relaxation technique that helps with anxiety. You can read up on it here, and get a guided session here.

Different things work for different people, so try them all out, make sure to get enough exercise, as this releases lots of ‘happy hormones’, reward yourself with things you like, talk to friends and family, don’t just WhatsApp them, hear their voices, it makes a difference.