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Managing transitions

• How teachers can make the most of summer break
Savor the range of possibilities, recharge and get ready for next year! 

Mastering life's transitions
As one chapter closes, another begins. Guidelines for navigating changes.

Successful end-of-the-year transitions
Planning helps end of year transitions for teachers, children and parents. 

 Creating schools that welcome LGBTQ kids

• 5 ways to make classrooms more inclusive
Learn how to prevent bias and bullying and create a welcoming, inclusive classroom. 

Making school a safe place for LGBTQ students
Resources and ideas for teachers to help them be allies to their LGBTQ students.  

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Educator guides, safe space kits and inclusive curriculum from the organization that's been doing this work for nearly 20 years. 

Create inclusive, affirming schools for LGBTQ students
Scholastic provides information, resources and recommended books for all grade levels.

Resolving workplace conflicts

Mental health support groups

Managing your time

Cultivating mental health

Creating fulfilling relationships at work

Suicide prevention

Helpful Resources that are available 24/7:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800 273-TALK (8255)
  • NYC Mental Health Hotline/NYC WELL: 1-800-LIFENET (543-3638)
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-212-673-3000

Additional resources:

Setting boundaries at home and at work

Good workplace habits

Tackling addiction

Seasonal affective disorder

Resolving conflict in the workplace

Coping with the stress of a chronic disease

Help for caregivers

  • Understanding Caregiver Stress Syndrome - Caring for an individual with a disability is stressful and contributes to physical and psychiatric morbidity.
  • Caregiver Stress - Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Stress from caregiving is common.
  • Caring for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal - According to Seattle geriatric internist Dr. Elizabeth Kiyasu, watching our parents lose their independence is one of the most challenging realities we face as our parents age.
  • 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout - When you’re caring for a loved one, it’s easy to forget about your own needs, putting you at serious risk of burnout.
  • Teacher Wellness - Explore self-care strategies to battle teacher burnout, and rediscover your inner superhero to bring excitement and creativity back into your classroom.
  • Celebrating Mother's Day When You're Mom's Caregiver - Sons and daughters who step into the role of family caregiver to an aging mother must deal with the everyday emotional challenges that arise when traditional mother-child roles are flipped; challenges that become even more burdensome on Mother’s Day.
  • Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving - The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving builds support for caregivers nationwide.

Treating alcohol and substance abuse

  • Drug Guide - Recognize and understand a wide variety of substances that are commonly abused.
  • Drug and Alcohol Fact Sheet - Learn about adolescents and alcohol and drug abuse from this fact sheet from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Stress, fear and anxiety

Grief and loss

Handling holiday stress

Cultural competence

Handling difficult people

Taming the chaos of September

Managing transitions

Help for caregivers

  • Understanding Caregiver Stress Syndrome - Caring for an individual with a disability is stressful and contributes to physical and psychiatric morbidity.
  • Caregiver Stress - Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Stress from caregiving is common.
  • Caring for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal - According to Seattle geriatric internist Dr. Elizabeth Kiyasu, watching our parents lose their independence is one of the most challenging realities we face as our parents age.
  • 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout - When you’re caring for a loved one, it’s easy to forget about your own needs, putting you at serious risk of burnout.
  • Teacher Wellness - Explore self-care strategies to battle teacher burnout, and rediscover your inner superhero to bring excitement and creativity back into your classroom.
  • Celebrating Mother's Day When You're Mom's Caregiver - Sons and daughters who step into the role of family caregiver to an aging mother must deal with the everyday emotional challenges that arise when traditional mother-child roles are flipped; challenges that become even more burdensome on Mother’s Day.
  • Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving - The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving builds support for caregivers nationwide.

Sleep and your health

  • Coping with excessive sleepiness - Sleepiness can damage your judgment, work performance, mood, and safety.
  • Sleep and mood - Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being.
  • Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep - Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits—known as “sleep hygiene"—that can help anyone maximize the hours they spend sleeping.
  • Causes of Excessive Sleepiness - Do you struggle to stay awake during work and other activities and you don't know why?
  • How to Get a Good Night's Sleep: The Ultimate Guide - In this comprehensive guide, we attempt to explain the reasons behind the current sleeplessness epidemic, the extent to which it can affect your health and well-being, and specific steps you can take to get a better night's sleep starting tonight.

Eating disorders

  • National Eating Disorders - NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
  • Eating Disorders Online - Learn about the different types of eating disorders.
  • Mayo Clinic: Eating disorders - Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life.
  • Eating Disorders: About More Than Food - The eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, and their variants, all feature serious disturbances in eating behavior and weight regulation.

Poor eating habits

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Keeping resolutions

  • Best fitness tracking websites - On fitness social websites you can also set goals together or even organize virtual fitness competitions, ask questions pertaining to fitness, and much more.
  • Tips on healthy eating - MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image — a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.
  • Heart health - Making healthy food choices is one important thing you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Alcohol use and your health - Drinking too much can harm your health.
  • Alcohol's effects on the body - Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health. Here's how alcohol can affect your body.
  • Alcohol screening tools - Screening tools for identifying hazardous or risky drinking.

Coping with holiday stress

Cultural competence in the workplace

Managing stress

  • Are you stressed? Take the quiz - These questions are intended to help you judge how you are doing. If you score as stressed, you should take steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Understanding stress - When managed successfully, stress can help you be your best. Unresolved stress can lead to emotional and physical problems.
  • Controlling stress - See some suggestions for managing your stress.