Effective Stress Management Helps Teachers & Students Thrive

Teaching is rewarding . . . and hard. It’s fast paced, with precious little time to catch your breath, process a challenging moment, or celebrate a success. Students come with all kinds of needs, well outside your subject expertise, and yet you still are there to tend to their concerns. You also have your own life, with its celebrations and stressors, which often gets squeezed into the edges of your time. No wonder you feel tired.

According to a 2022 poll, 90% of nearly 3 million educators reported that feeling burned out is a serious problem. Teacher attrition is a serious problem as we lose years of experience, expertise, and passion. Newly trained teachers entering the field are not enough to fill the gaps. Being able to implement actionable self care is crucial to support talented educators and to prevent personally and financially costly mental, emotional, and physical health issues.

Who cares for the caretakers?

That’s where our teacher wellness and stress management programs come in. Having worked with more than 3,200 teachers, school counselors, and school leadership, we know how much the adults need–and benefit-from time to process and easy-to-implement strategies that add a little give into the system.

The well-being of teachers is integral to student success. When teachers feel supported and have some ease, they are better able to support their students. There’s more room for laughter, creativity, play, and love. Students experience the connection and in that space of care learning can send down deep roots that nourish a child for their entire life.

Inner Strength offers an a variety of customizable programs and resources to support educators to thrive:

  • Stress Management workshops for school leaders, teachers and staff.
  • Monthly staff sessions to establish stress management as a foundation and build a school culture of care.
  • Staff day retreats for team-building.
  • Virtual Self-Care programs and toolkits.
  • Train-the-Trainer Teen Mindfulness course to bring Inner Strength strategies into your classroom.

Adaptable Self Care Programs

Embedded in our programs are discussions that help dismantle culturally conditioned barriers to self-care, removing obstacles without adding pressure-producing routines to already busy schedules.  Staff learn to recognize small moments each day that contribute to their overall wellbeing. They learn how to implement effective stress management strategies into the regular school day. 

Programs integrate mindfulness-based tools, systems thinking, trauma-sensitive protocols, and evidence-based compassion building techniques.

Teachers build their capacity to skillfully – and healthily – respond to the demands of the classroom as models of calm centeredness and self care. Our students absorb who we are as much as they absorb what we teach. Being well rather than stressed helps them develop those positive habits and self-value too.

In Inner Strength’s Stress Management Workshops, educators learn:

  • Easy to implement self care habits.
  • Evidence-based stress reduction techniques.
  • Mindfulness-based tools to de-escalate high stress in the moment.
  • Awareness-building strategies to help identify and defuse triggers.
  • Conscious movement to unwind the body and reset.
  • Context-setting perspectives to de-mystify and de-personalize barriers to well-being.
  • Simple approaches to create calm and focus in the classroom.

In these sessions, teachers laugh, release, gain perspective, and enjoy time with their colleagues. They regularly say, “I love the people I work with and being able to be together when we are all caring for ourselves and each other is such a gift!”

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Stress Management Programs (self-paced)

Ongoing Learning

“It was truly a pleasure to have Inner Strength help us address the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed and assist us with identifying the effects of secondary trauma. I am happy to report that since our training, our team has shared techniques with our youth, as well as employed self-care techniques in the workplace.”
Kim Stephens
Kimberly Stephens
Vice President of Programs Philadelphia Education Fund
"Inner Strength has supported South Philadelphia High School students for three years with mindfulness tools. One of our star Seniors stated, 'I learned about separating myself from my thoughts and how to calm down. I have been using the skills now as I transition into adulthood.' Many of our students come with emotional baggage. Having a program like Inner Strength is an asset for the emotional growth of our students.”
Janelle Harper
Janelle Harper
Community School Coordinator, Mayor's Office of Education
"I felt so personally and professionally supported…Everything about the Teacher Training both challenged and encouraged me. From the clear way the lessons were delivered, to the thoughtful reflection questions that really helped me grow, to the way Amy brought the whole group together...I've taken so many continuing education courses, but none that I can truly say helped me grow from the inside the way this one did. And I feel well prepared me with such an actionable skill set. Wow and Thank you!
Jennifer Kerrigan
Temple Univ, School Instructional Coach
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