Does this kind of teacher anxiety sound familiar?
* When you stay late at school, you feel guilty for neglecting your family.
* When you go home to your family, you feel guilty for neglecting your students.
* There’s always something more to be done, and it all feels urgent and important.
If you can relate, here’s some good news--it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can experience freedom from sleepless Sunday nights and never being able to turn off your “teacher brain.” In fact, freedom from all types of teacher anxiety and overwhelm is possible.
Finally Free is a toolkit FOR teachers, BY teachers.
Angela Watson spent 11 years as an elementary teacher and the past 9 years as an instructional coach, and Dan Tricarico’s been a high school teacher for the last 25 years.
We know the unique demands teachers face, including that feeling that no amount of effort is ever enough. We constantly hear from exhausted educators who feel alone, and don’t have anyone who can help them think about the demands of teaching through a healthier lens.
So, we’ve partnered up to be your “virtual mentors” through the toolkit, guiding you along your teaching journey and offering encouragement and reassurance whenever you feel overwhelmed.
How is the toolkit designed to help?
We created this toolkit to teach you HOW to think about your work, not give you a list of more things to do.
Freedom from anxiety and overwhelm is essentially a mindset shift. It requires a new way of thinking. With several hours of audio messages included in the toolkit, each time you listen, you’ll be renewing your mind and establishing new mental habits.
We offer support for you to go through the materials in a structured way (like you would for a formal course) if that’s your preference. But you don't need ONE MORE THING on your plate, so the toolkit is designed to be a flexible resource you can utilize whenever needed. That means it won’t be one more thing you feel guilty about not completing.
As you listen and practice these new ways of thinking over time, you will “retrain your brain” to think in ways that FINALLY create freedom from anxiety and overwhelm.
"I've bought other courses on mindset and anxiety, but Finally Free was so much more pertinent. There's nothing else like it and it covers the EXACT issues I'm facing every day as a teacher. Thanks so much."
-Jonathan, 11th/12th grade teacher, WA
What topics does the toolkit address?
You’ll get 10 audio modules that address the biggest mindset challenges most teachers face. You can listen (and re-listen) to any module, anytime you'd like.
Module 1: Freedom from comparison
Listen when you’re feeling not good enough and comparing yourself to others
Module 2: Freedom from pressure to do more
Listen when you feel like you’re drowning and can never do enough
Module 3: Freedom from worry over students
Listen when you’re worried about not being able to reach a student or prevent failure
Module 4: Freedom from regret
Listen when you’re replaying all the things you should have done differently
Module 5: Freedom from perfectionism
Listen when you’re overthinking things and making your work too complicated
Module 6: Freedom from busy-ness
Listen when you can’t shut your down mind and relax
Module 7: Freedom from guilt
Listen when you feel guilty about letting others (including your family) down
Module 8: Freedom from overwhelm
Listen when you’re feeling behind and have no energy to get back on track
Module 9: Freedom from urgency
Listen when you’re unable to focus because so many things are demanding your attention at once
Module 10: Freedom from self-neglect
Listen when you’re putting yourself last and need to make time for self-care
What’s included in the toolkit?
Each of the 10 modules listed above includes:
As bonus, you’ll also receive:
The entire toolkit is delivered digitally (no physical products will be mailed to you.) Simply login to the site here and access all the resources at any time. You can also download them to read or listen offline.
How do I use the toolkit?
You can change your approach at any time. Unsubscribe from an email series if you want to quit mid-way through, and sign up for it again whenever you’d like.
Dan Tricarico has been a member of the West Hills High School English Department for over twenty years. He is the author of The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom. Dan is also the creator of the Zen Teacher Facebook group, where he offers support and community for educators who are experiencing stress and who are interested in improved self-care. Click here to learn more about Dan.
Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, online courses, 4 books, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. She's been supporting teachers through her website, The Cornerstone for Teachers, since 2003. Click here to learn more about Angela.
Angela came up with the toolkit idea through her work in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. She noticed that the way teachers THINK is more vital to their effectiveness, work/life balance, and job satisfaction than anything else. Many club members expressed a strong desire for support in grappling with anxiety and overwhelm beyond the scope of what’s covered in the club, so she set out to create a new resource that addressed that issue alone. Angela already had a strong connection to Dan’s work and mission, having reviewed his book and hosted him as a guest on her podcast. She asked Dan to partner with her on the toolkit to design a more comprehensive resource than what she could make alone. Angela and Dan have worked together for many months to create a solution for teacher anxiety, and are excited about offering it as a resource to help you become finally free.
"I listen in the car when I'm trying get myself in the right mind frame for the day, and do Dan's meditations sometimes after school to help me unwind. This has been a real game changer in my day."
-Jenny, K teacher, CA
"Wow, this is better (and cheaper) than a therapy session. Hah! And I can go back and listen to anything you've said whenever I want. Love it!"
-Maria, 5th grade teacher, TX