Dealing with Stress - Tips
Some tips for you to incorporate in your personal & professional lives are listed below:
- Take a deep breath. Take three more deep breaths.
- Develop a professional support network.
- Take action now and make positive changes. Don't be a victim.
- Laugh out loud at a funny joke. Read a few pages of Sue Baldwin's book: Lighten Up and Live Longer.
- Be physically active daily. A walk, swim, bicycle…some kind of aerobic exercise.
- Go try on funny clothes with a friend.
- Incorporate balance in your life related to working/playing; alone/with people;etc..
- Pop popcorn with a lid on the popper.
- Hang out with young children. They know how to play, laugh, and have fun.
MORE TIPS for the professional lives of Early Childhood Managers Supervisors, and Administrators:
- Have adult stress toys in your office that encourage people to play when they come in for a meeting.
- Develop a “NO CELL PHONE” policy in your program for parents and staff.
- Budget in money to hire a floater, someone who can fill in when staff are out sick or who can work in the program in various roles. You won't have to scramble to find last-minute substitutes. When not subbing, the person can be that much-needed extra pair of hands.
- Develop a break room for the staff to use during their time away from the children that also has resources related to stress.
- Remember that conflict is inevitable and normal. Learning how to deal with it instead of using avoidance will lessen your stress.