How educators can manage stress during COVID-19

COVID-19: Childcare Centre Support

IMPORTANT: Service Closure
You will be notified by the state or territory regulatory authority if your service should be closed. If you voluntarily chose to or are advised to close your service by authorities, you must notify your state or territory regulatory authority within 24 hours.

Educators are under immense pressure during the current COVID-19 pandemic, whether they are still working among children or managing their education duties remotely. Here’s how to manage your stress as an educator during the pandemic:

  • Focus on the things you can control: It can be easy to feel powerless in the midst of the current pandemic. Try to focus on the triggers that you can control, and let go of the ones you cannot. 
  • Develop a routine: Your normal routine isn’t likely to fit the current conditions, especially if you are now working remotely. Craft a new routine that works for you, one that allows you more rest and quiet. For example, going for a walk or reading a book might be something you solidly block into your new routine. 
  • Take care of yourself: Remember that you won’t be able to take care of others unless you are first taking care of yourself. This could mean tuning out from the news when it becomes overwhelming and maintaining high standards of hygiene to combat the virus itself.  together and best support each other during it. 
  • Get help: Through these trying times, you may feel the need to seek professional help. Lifeline and Beyond Blue are some excellent resources for additional support. 
  • Stay connected: While COVID-19 has limited face-to-face social interaction, try to stay connected with others through the internet. It’s especially worthwhile to stay connected to your colleagues in order to discuss how you’ll get through the crisis together and best support each other during it. 

According to the Xplor Childcare 2020 report, “software makes it easier to keep up with the daily demands of running a childcare centre”, also helping your team communicate during this trying time.

National survey for The Early Years Insights 2020

Educators are some of the people dealing with the most change and fluctuation at this time. Take care of yourself as best as you can to manage your stress and keep excelling at your role.