Self-Care for Early Childhood Professionals
Do you feel "fried?"
Emotionally & physically depleted?
Distanced from things that once mattered to you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there's a good chance that you're experiencing burnout.
Learn from my mistakes!
The first time I experienced burnout was in the 1980s -- before I'd ever heard the term. Seven years later, and seven years after that, I burned out again. This course is based on those experiences and what I've learned from both the burnouts and from the experts. I want "Battling Burnout" to help you be smarter than I was!
This course will explain:
- what burnout is and how it differs from stress;
- what causes burnout and why teachers are more susceptible to it;
- what you can do to prevent and/or get past burnout; and
- where you can find more help.
New in this revised edition:
There are many reasons why early childhood professionals burn out, and we look at them in this course. But there's no denying that a worldwide pandemic, which has isolated and frightened us, and has also changed the way we teach, has contributed to the potential for or the onset of burnout. It couldn't be ignored, so "Battling Burnout" now includes information on the pandemic's impact on burnout.
This course is for you if you feel:
- as though you have little to no control over your work or life;
- overwhelmed by negative emotions; and/or
- beyond caring.
I hope you'll care enough about you to take this easy, one-hour course -- with no required assignments! There may not be a "cure" for burnout, but there is certainly relief to be found.
GROUP RATES are available! Email Rae at [email protected]
"I’ve come away with a greater understanding of what burnout is along with some great tools in the hope I will recognise the signs earlier rather than later and that I will choose to prioritise making changes that will make a difference in my work/personal life balance - something I continually struggle with as there is always that something more I want to do for that child or that parent today. I need to remind myself every day that I am no good to anybody else if I don’t look after myself and provide a good example to those around me."
~ Ann Maree Griffin, Full-time Nanny
"I took your online course Battling Burnout: Self-Care for Teachers, and I loved it! Hearing your experiences was both comforting and empowering, and the information and insight you shared was thorough. I listened to the podcasts in the resource section and loved them as well!"
- Rebecca A. Weiner, M.Ed., Educational Consultant
"This ... webinar is worth your time and money....Our friend, Rae Pica, has opened up her heart and experiences in this short webinar and speaks directly to what we are all feeling at this time."
- Marilyn Waddell Agnew, Early Childhood Education Consultant/Director
"Rae Pica gives heartfelt insight to the growing pains and emotional upsetting we experience professionally and personally....She shares the importance of becoming better stewards of our emotional health by tuning into the signs of needed change and growth in our lives; as well as the realization, that sometimes nature (without warning) determines and controls our emotional status."
- Kim Barker, Assistant ECE Professor
Rae Pica is an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 21 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn?: More Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae is known for her lively and informative keynotes and professional development trainings -- both virtual and in-person -- and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Bright Horizons, Hasbro, and schools and resource and referral agencies throughout the country.
Rae's favorite questions begin with "What if..." And she's most proud of her fierce defense of childhood!
Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout the course, I suggest reflection activities to help you consider your particular situation and how you might move beyond burnout. I also recommend podcasts to listen to, a video to watch, and books and other materials to read.
I do believe the reflection activities can help, but the course has no required assignments. If you're on the verge of burnout, or already there, you already have more to do than you can handle. I don't want to add to it.