SLPs Need to De-stress- Life Tips!

Children! Life's greatest blessing and a huge responsibility!

One of the best aspects about being an SLP or educator is the difference you can make in a child's (or child's family) life! Although we may not get the feedback, it is important for us to keep reminding ourselves that we can make a difference and that the impact can affect a child's life forever!

For me at least, along with that great benefit benefit comes a great responsibility to try to be at my best for every child, every session, every day, because you never know when that moment of impact can begin. WHEW!! Often it has made me wish for a job where I could take it easy sometimes without feeling I might be letting someone down. So many terrific special educators never feel comfortable taking a necessary sick day off because of the sense of obligation they feel toward their students and their coworkers. How to deal with the stress?

Take care of yourself before school begins! Looks-Like-Language

In most cases, the answer is: SUMMER! Summer is a time when educators can catch up on the things they never get a chance to do during the school year: continuing education classes, organizing materials, planning for the next school year, setting up classrooms, the list goes on.

But, it is equally important to take time to do those things which will help you to relax and feel energized before the upcoming year. While summer is (almost) over, we still have a chance on this holiday weekend to make sure we get some time to unwind.

For me, that usually includes some sewing time. Did you see the post about the chuppah I made from family wedding dresses for my son's wedding? I was so happy to be able to bring that family history into the wedding celebration!

My de-stressing also usually includes some time spent in the mountains. Getting away from a rapid paced city environment to the peace and quiet of the mountains always helps me to relax before a new school year starts! Here's a photo of one of my favorite places to just be.

De-stress yourself! Tip for a good school year from Looks-Like-Language

When the school year has started, we all have to take some moments to remember our peaceful times and places, as well as to do some of those activities that help us relax. A calmer, more together teacher or SLP is always an asset to an overwhelmed student!

If you are already in the thick of things, check out my scheduling tips and grouping tips for getting a good start!

Hoping you have a relatively stress-less school year!
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