4 Ways School Based OT Professionals Can Prioritize Self-Careby Amanda Glassburner, COTA
OT school professionals are immersed in the busy and demanding world of education. Amid lesson planning, classroom setup, and student engagement, it's easy for educators and therapists to put their own well-being on the back burner. However, taking time for self-care is not just important – it's essential.
The demands of the education field can be overwhelming, and OT professionals often wear multiple hats. From teachers/therapists and counselors to support staff, each role comes with its own set of responsibilities and challenges. The pressures of scheduling, addressing individual student needs, and managing daily tasks can quickly lead to burnout if self-care isn't prioritized.
So, what can we do to implement self-care practices?
Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Designate time for relaxation and hobbies, ensuring that work doesn't encroach on these moments.
Incorporate mindfulness exercises into daily routines to reduce stress and increase focus. Even a few minutes of deep breathing or meditation can make a significant difference.
Regular physical activity not only benefits physical health but also has positive effects on mental well-being. Find an activity that brings joy and energy.
Connect with Others
Cultivate a support network of colleagues, friends, and family members. Sharing experiences and seeking advice from others can provide valuable perspective and emotional support.
By investing in your well-being, educators and therapists can foster resilience, creativity, and a positive atmosphere within their educational communities. Remember, taking care of yourself is a necessity for long-term success and personal fulfillment in the field of Occupational Therapy.