Hitting the Summer Reset Button
Natalie Schaefer, Secondary Social Studies TOSA
To say that this has been a difficult year does not begin to address the myriad of obstacles educators have faced this school year. Teachers, if you have not already had someone say this to you directly, we appreciate you, we know you are working harder than you have ever had to work before, and we know that the work you are doing is positively impacting students throughout Jeffco. You have truly risen to the occasion and provided safe, loving, and educational environments for students. Thank you for all of the work you have done this year -- your service to our community is important and valued.
While I imagine many of you already have plans to recharge and reset for the summer, please consider some of the resources and suggestions below to get the most out of your summer reset. Kathleen Remington, manager and counselor with the Jeffco Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided the information below to support teachers. Throughout the article are links to additional resources provided by Fran Taffer from Healthy Schools/Employee Wellness. Moreover, you can use the Summer of Wellness Activity Board to build resilience through gratitude, empathy/kindness, and mindfulness. You are important -- even just 10 minutes a day can make a big difference in your overall wellness.
Wishing you a wonderful summer break and hoping you take the opportunity to reset and rejuvenate for next school year. We look forward to working with you!
Building Resiliency throughout the Summer
by Kathleen Remington
How do people deal with difficult events in our lives? Many of us are feeling more anxious and stressed or irritable as the school year winds down. We also may have less patience with others and ourselves. Many aspects of our current daily lives seem to be influenced by situations beyond our control. Concerns such as COVID, budget reductions, and the economy create uncertainty in our world. It’s difficult to return to “normal” or to even know what normal is anymore.
Resilience is strength in times of change, the ability to bounce back after stressful events or simply manage the ups and downs of everyday living. Being resilient does not mean that you don’t experience difficulty or distress, it is the ability to recover from and successfully adapt to adversity and life’s problems. Resiliency can be improved with learned behaviors, thoughts, actions, and skills that can be developed by anyone.
We can help ourselves in the process of adapting by becoming more resilient and more skilled at recovering from stressors.
Here are some tips to build more resiliency this summer:
For more information on self-care and resiliency, or to speak with an EAP counselor, please contact your confidential Employee Assistance Program at 303-982-0377 or visit our website at teamjeffco.jeffcopublicschools.org/eap. Your EAP offers no-cost assistance to all Jeffco Public Schools employees, their family members over age 15, and retirees. “We’re here when you need us.”
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