Ottawa Area ISD Self-Care Resources
In support of educators' health and wellness needs
Mental Health Awareness
At the Ottawa Area ISD, we believe that self-care involves caring for your own health but also creating health promoting environments within your school. The first portion of this newsletter will focus on educators and administrators to help create a culture of trust and respect among themselves. The second portion will focus on students and helping them to improve their well-being.
Self-Care for Adults
Research on the “why” for self-care for educators
Structural Supports to Promote Teacher Well-Being - EdResearch for RecoveryWhat Self-Care Is - and What it Isn’t - PsychCentral
Professional Quality of Life Measure- the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive effects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma (available in multiple languages) Resources for Self -Care - from PRoQOL
Adult Wellness Screener -seven page comprehensive wellness screenerSelf Care Assessment and Planning Worksheet -one page assessment and self care planner
Ideas for Educators
50 Self-Care Ideas for Teachers - The Counseling Teacher
Living S.L.O.W. - Supports the self-care and wellbeing of educators
Self-Care for Educators - NCTSN
Self-Care Videos - Dr. Stephanie Grant
Monthly Calendar Self Care Ideas -Many ideas for self-care
Stay-Well - Support for Teachers and Staff through Webinars
Mindfulness for District Leaders: Resource Pack - Panorama Education
Recommended Apps for Self-Care
Bring mindfulness to your students in your classroom
Find more joy, less stress, and the best sleep ever with Headspace.
Meditate, journal, and check in with yourself daily
Top 10 List for Administrators
Staff "Walk and Talk" during meeting
Start meetings with a short mindfulness activity - Have different staff lead it each meeting.
Self-Care BINGO - Staff “compete” and win a prize for a completed board.
Start a “Staff Meeting Playlist” of songs that are chosen by your staff to start your meetings.
Read or lead a book club on the book, “Burnout”
Book study on the book, “180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators.”
Have staff develop their own ideas for self-care - “22 for 2022”
Volunteer activity as a group suggested by staff
Have staff write each other notes of encouragement
Books on Self-Care for Educators
MDE's webpage includes information on the importance of SEL in our schools and resources to accommodate student and educator needs.
A toolkit of materials and resources to help students develop self-awareness and independent self-care strategies. This section contains handouts, worksheets, activities, and multimedia.
Self-Care for Students
Mindfulness for Students
Monster Meditation in collaboration with Headspace (3:06 mins) more on YouTube
Loving Kindness Meditation (9:31 min)
Engaging Your Senses Meditation (5:47 min)
Mindfulness - BrainPOP
Mindful Breathing Exercises - Action for Healthy Kids
Meditation Apps for Kids - Common Sense Media
Mindfulness Materials (Grades 3-12) Trails
Kid President's 25 Reasons to be Thankful!
Create a Me Tree (A Self-Reflection Activity)Free SEL Activities and Practices (pre-K - Adult)
Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube videos
From A to Zen (Grades 3-5 Scholastic)
Yoga for Stress Relief (24:19 mins) Ages 9-10
Yoga in the Classroom: Middle School Standing Balance (5:10 mins) Follow DCSD Wellness on YoutTube for more MS videos
58 Fun and Easy Yoga Poses for Kids (printable posters)