Hi! I'm Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, founder of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Online Course and author of The School Psychologist's Survival Guide.
If you're like many school psychs, you are looking at your assessment caseload and calculating the amount of days until the summer break and wondering how you are going to get it all done and not throw your self-care totally out the window until June.
My whole career, I've been on a mission to figure out that "just right" balance of working hard to meet my deadlines and not overwork myself to the point of exhaustion.
So, like any school psychologist who loves data, I dove into the research about strategies for work/life balance and I want to share what I've learned.
You may not be able to change your crazy workload, but you can use 4 proven mindfulness strategies to make it all more manageable.
Want to know how? I got you! And it's totally FREE.
Sign up below to receive one email a week in the month of May with pro-tips in quick videos and a PDF the four mindfulness strategies that have been shown to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve well-being at work.
MINDFUL MAY VIDEO: WEEK ONE
The Myth of Mindfulness and How to Infuse Calm in your Day
As school psychologists, we are constantly on our toes, making rapid fire decisions and constantly prioritizing and reprioritizing our caseload (all while getting new priorities handed to us all day). We can't necessarily change the nature of our work, but we can use mindfulness to free up our energy. Learn the biggest myth that is holding you back from having calm in DURING your school day.
MINDFUL MAY VIDEO: WEEK TWO
Taming the Distraction Monster with Mindful Technology Use
In a world full over information overload and constant technological distraction, it's no wonder we are exhausted at the end of the day. Learn how a few simple changes in your tech use behaviors at work and at home can foster a sense of calmness and more happiness at work (no matter what chaos or stress comes your way!)
MINDFUL MAY VIDEO: WEEK THREE
Learn Mindful Stress Reduction from a DUCK.
We all know that the to-do list of a school psychologist is never-ending. How do you cope? Is learning how to prioritize and get more efficient enough? Or is there a strategy on figuring out how to prioritize your caseload without sacrificing your well-being? Watch this video to find out what DUCKS can teach us about self-care. .
MINDFUL MAY VIDEO: WEEK FOUR
Learning from Harry Potter: Mindfulness as a "Defense Against the Dark Arts"
Do you ever feel like you're at the mercy of circumstances and there's nothing you can do but work harder and harder to make your deadlines (and cut into your weekends--noooooo!)? Is the negativity of your work environment or your own mood about your workload really getting to you? Let's take a page out of Harry Potter's book and learn strategies for protecting ourselves from negativity so you can finish the year strong and reduce your stress levels.
Dr. Rebecca Branstetter is a school psychologist, speaker, and author on a mission to help public school psychologists manage their stress, improve their efficacy and enjoyment in their work, and prevent getting burned out so they can focus on what they love to do—being champions for helping children be the best they can be in school and in life and supporting educators and families.
In her blog, Notes from the School Psychologist and online professional development course for school psychologists, The Thriving School Psychologist Collective, Rebecca collaborates with school psychologists across the country to help them move from surviving in the profession to thriving.
For more, visit www.thrivingschoolpsych.com.