Mental health day is important for everyone, including our wonderful teachers and their weirdest students. Teachers face more challenges than the average person can imagine. They have to serve as parents, guardians, and teachers to several young individuals for at least several hours a day.
To make their lives easier and also improve the lives of their students, teachers can do several things on a mental health day. They can take steps to put some special students on the right path. By “special students,” we mean those who need special attention on a mental health day.
Without further ado, here are specific things teachers can do to make the best out of a mental health day:
Talk About Mental Health
Since it is mental health day, nothing should stop you from talking about it in the classroom. Many of your students can learn several life lessons if you say the right words. Research the best topics to discuss and be as sincere as possible.
Engage Special Students in A Special Way
Sometimes all it takes to get an unruly student to improve is to engage him/her in a hearty conversation. There is nothing wrong with paying special attention to some of your students you feel may need help.
Don’t Assume That Exhaustion Is a Badge of Honor
There is no medal for working yourself to the ground. You don’t have to bite more than you can chew or try to convince others that exhausting yourself is part of your job – it is not. Give yourself a break because you deserve it.
Take Care of You
Mental health day is also an excellent opportunity for every teacher to take special care of themselves. The day presents an excellent opportunity to do the things that make you feel better.
Enjoy the Day, Guilt-Free
It is easy for most teachers to feel guilty about the failures of their students in different areas. This contributes to mental stress. You can take a mental health day as a special day to please yourself. Enjoy the day and never feel guilty about it.
Teachers need mental health days more than most other professionals. The suggestions above can help you make the best out of the day, but they are not rules or codes you must abide by. Do what pleases you.