If you’re a school psychologist, you’re well aware of how rewarding your career can be. On the other hand, working as a school psychologist can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, especially during trying times.
School psychologists often focus so much energy on helping their students and schools that they sometimes ignore themselves. Therefore, it’s vitally important to implement self-care strategies to maintain good mental health, be an effective educator, and model good balance and healthy boundaries for both students and staff.
With this in mind, school psychologists from our team of educators have compiled three of their favorite self-care resources to help you get started.
Self-Care Resources for School Psychologists
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP provides a great set of resources for school psychologists related to self-care. The site includes articles, podcasts, websites, and apps that can be beneficial in taking care of yourself. While they are all excellent resources, two of the apps mentioned that we think are highly helpful and easy to use are Headspace and Calm. These websites and apps offer guidance and support with meditations, sleep, stress management, movement, and healthy living.
The Resilient Educator
The Resilient Educator has a helpful article on practicing self-care, both in the classroom and at home. The article provides guidance and resources on recognizing compassion fatigue, in-school supports for managing trauma, at-home strategies, self-preservation mindset activities and guidance, and building strong peer support groups.
Edutopia’s article on prioritizing self-care while working from home is a must-read. The article outlines helpful strategies and resources in regard to sleep, exercise, mindfulness, continued learning, and connecting with friends.
We at Cross Country Education appreciate your hard work and dedication to your profession as a school psychologist. We know the physical, mental, and emotional strain that educators can face. Please take time to care for yourself and know that we are here to support you however we can. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best parts of your job – helping kids thrive.