The unprecedented initiation of the corona, an abject lack of clarity, and its ramifications could not stand in our way of continued interests, on how to support our students without compromising on the quality of education. Here it is pertinent to mention that the indefatigable spirit of teachers has played a crucial role in satiating the unquenched desire for knowledge. Thus, it seems befitting enough to shed some light on the need and importance of teachers’ mental and physical well being, which shall keep the cogwheels of the teaching-learning process in motion. A teacher touches the lives of so many impressionable minds, so she has to stand above all the snags and glitches. She needs to emerge unruffled in the face of adversity which can not be possible without them being in a robust state of mental and physical health.

I would suggest all the teachers to seize this work from home opportunity to take out some ‘me time’ for themselves. One of the biggest challenges during this time is a sedentary lifestyle – moving around, physical transitions from one room to another, or even some usual lunchtime walks are highly recommended. Self-compassion, kind self-talk, and a happy mindset are often discussed in class, but now is the time to also turn all these inwards. In doing so, you’ll benefit your own mental wellness and also be able to model it for others.

Setting small and realistic goals will make you feel much more fulfilled and help in maintaining good mental health. A great psychological trick that helps you to be more productive when working from home is to create a dedicated workspace and identify specific and limited times in which students or colleagues can reach you. It is necessary to set boundaries. Going by the famous adage there is always an opportunity in every adversity to rediscover yourself. Remember you not only owe an explanation but also admiration to the person on the other side of the mirror. Although it sounds trite to say that we all are in this together. The silver lining in this current crisis is to build a reconnection with ourselves and those around us with a stronger sense of shared empathy and kindness for one another. Also, remember to always have a greater appreciation for a beautiful life on this planet.

Seema Behl

Brain International School
Vikas Puri, New Delhi