Are You Ok Music Teacher? 3 Ways to Stay OK this month
Admit it . . . it’s the second week in December, and you are NOT OK! This is the busiest time of year for music teachers, because not only do you have all the normal holiday activities like parties, gift buying, decorating, and running your normal household, but you’ve also got . . . holiday rehearsals, holiday programs, extra rewards for your students, and everything that goes along with being a music teacher during December.
Since you probably don’t even have a few minutes to read this post, let’s make it quick and easy. Below, you’ll find 3 ways to help you stay OK during this busy season:
- Reach out for help – Are you a big picture person like me? If so, the details are just plain hard for you. That’s why you need help. Find the person on your staff who is great with details, and ask them for help. Maybe you need help with the logistics of getting your kiddos on and off the stage. Maybe you need a seating chart or someone to proofread your program. Or maybe you just need to talk through the program with someone else. Whatever the case, enlist some help from your friends, family members, or someone on the staff who you know can help.
- Put your classroom on auto-pilot – When you’re super busy and really need a few extra minutes to work on logistics or maybe you just need a few minutes of quiet in your otherwise stressful day, it’s always OK to put your classroom on auto-pilot. You have permission! Find a fun Christmas movie, use some Go Noodle movement, or search for one of my ready-to-use Stories That Sing lesson plans. Here’s a link to one!
- Take a mental health day – If everything’s building up and you’re not sure you can make it all the way through the week, it’s OK to plan a mental health day into your week. Especially if you’re already done with your holiday programs. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s a legit way to take a sick day. Takin a mental health day is a great way to combat holiday stress, and the perfect way to work in some fun. Go to your favorite coffee place or get your hair done. Don’t believe me? Here’s an article with some suggestions, all about how important mental health days are during this time of year.
You’re not OK, and that’s OK. No one really knows the extra stress, the sleepless nights, the worry over holiday programs, and the extra time and work you put in during the holiday season. Make sure you take care of you so you can enjoy the rest of the season with your family and friends.
Note: I’m focusing on some exciting new content for 2023 and will be taking a short break (speaking of mental health). Blog posts will resume in the new year.