Staff Self-Care August 2020

LISD Counseling and Social Work Services

Happy first week of school!

Flexible and nimble. Those words from Dr. Rogers have become the theme for our school year. What a great way to describe how we all have started this year. I would also add some other words to describe what I have seen across our district.

Dedicated, Tireless, Persevering.

Your love for your students and your profession is evident in everything you do. We see you.

We know that these last few weeks you have been so busy taking care of your students and families, we want to remind you to take care of yourself.

2020 Teachers of the Year on practicing self care

What can I do??

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do. As the saying goes"You can't pour from an empty cup".

Be intentional with your self-care.

Self-care has 3 areas - mental, physical, and social. Try to pour into each of the 3 areas when implementing a self-care plan.

Check out the list below for some great suggestions.

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How can I take care of myself physically?

Physical self-care can be as simple as taking a walk around the building or stretching at your desk.

Watch the video below from Karen Bradford. A retired LISD staff member who now is a yoga instructor. She created a brief 15-minute chair yoga session for you to relive some of the kinks and get the brain break you need.

Quarantine Gentle Chair Yoga

How can I take care of myself while working remotely?

Below is an article from Edutopia that discusses the importance of self-care and boundaries.

Here are some more resources ...

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LISD Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Lewisville ISD offers all employees access to an Employee Assistance Plan through UnumProvident’s work-life balance program. When you need help with work, home, personal or family issues, UnumProvident’s work-life balance program is available. There is no charge when you use it. The work-life balance program has consultants who speak Spanish and offers simultaneous translation into more than 140 languages as well as TTY access for hearing-disabled customers.

One toll-free number to UnumProvident’s work-life balance program can help you find solutions to problems. Every call is answered by an experienced, masters-level consultant who can help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Personalized searches and referrals
  • Online Resources
  • Online Financial Calculators
  • Face to Face Consultants – If needed, consultants can arrange up to three in-person sessions for you to talk to a counselor at no charge.
  • Educational Materials
  • Tips-on Tape
  • Will Preparation
  • Bereavement
  • Counseling

To access your Employee Assistance Plan call toll free any time, day or night:


Spanish Language Phone Line: 1-877-858-2147

TTY/TDD: 1-800-999-3004

Or visit UnumProvident’s work-life balance website at:

username: lifebalance

password: lifebalance

NOTE: You must be a current employee of Lewisville ISD (other than a substitute) to access this plan.