HUNTSVILLE- According to a survey last summer by the EdWeek Research Center, 60% of teachers say they frequently or always experience job-related stress; just 9% say they rarely or never do.
Solid Ground Counseling Center is hosting two free virtual Recharge Program webinars for Madison County teachers June 28 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and July 15 from 9:30 -11 a.m.
According to Solid Ground, taking care of mental health is paramount to overall wellbeing. After two years of uncertainty under the pandemic, teachers have grown accustomed to excessive workloads, limited resources, and a lack of recognition; but unfortunately, they often do not recognize stress for what it is, nor do they know how to deal with it.
That puts teachers in a high-risk group for burnout and fatigue.
Recharge is designed to provide teachers and staff with content that benefits their mental health and overall wellness, giving them a new set of self-care tools before the new school year starts.
Rachel Sullivan, owner of Solid Ground Counseling Center in Madison, is dedicated to promoting proactive practices to preserve mental health.
“Taking care of yourself is not selfish,” she said. “The saying ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’ is so true. Creating healthy habits of tending to our needs is a vital aspect of optimal functioning, especially for teachers who have a tendency to always put others first.”
All teachers and staff from across North Alabama are invited to the free digital workshops.
Teachers under duress often show symptoms of unbalanced or deteriorating mental health usually marked by missing days at work, lacking motivation, and unhelpful downtime, she said.
The workshop shows teachers what stress is, what it looks like and how to deal with it. The program also recommends a self-care routine that helps teachers develop and implement coping skills.