Throughout the craziness of quarantine, I am sure every teacher’s main focus has been their students, and the world appreciates that! Considering the huge change that took place, stress and anxiety levels are at an all-time high. Can you blame them? However, now more than ever, it is so important to remember to stop what you are doing and take care of yourself.
This blog post will be geared toward self care and ways to ensure that you are giving yourself a little TLC each day. These are things that work for me that can always be tweaked to meet your own personal needs!
EAT BETTER, FEEL BETTER
One thing that I do to care of myself is eating healthy. The better I eat, the better I feel each day. Everyone has different tastes, but when I start my day with things like yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, and water, I feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day. Sit down, eat something nutritious, and unwind before diving into any tasks.
GET UP AND MOVING
Another thing that has helped me so much, especially during this time, is exercising. It doesn’t have to be anything rigorous or painful! Keep it simple. If it is a nice day, go outside and get a walk in. Whether it is a quick one around the neighborhood/up the street, or a three mile trek, anything is better than nothing. On drearier days, you may make a space for myself at home and follow along with a Youtube video based on what you might want to work on. If you’re feeling a little slow one day, try some yoga!
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DO SOMETHING PLEASANT
Another way to take care of yourself is by taking a break and doing something you like. Whether that is cooking/baking, talking on the phone with a friend, watching your favorite show or movie, taking a bath, doing a face mask, etc., it is important to take time for you to make yourself happy. One thing I love to do is whip up a quick, easy baked good that I can share with my family.
TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME
Another thing you can do for yourself is: don’t bite off more than you can chew! When you have a full plate and are feeling overwhelmed with work, try to start one project or task at a time, complete it, then move to another. Working on multiple things at once can be chaotic, confusing and stressful. Starting one thing and working on it from start to finish feels so rewarding!
TAKE THE DAY OFF
This last one may seem scary, but trust me: you need it! Take an entire day off. Whether you spend that day alone, with your spouse/friend, or in a group of people, it is so necessary to put your work on hold for just one day. Do something positive to take your mind off of your workload, or just simply be. Do nothing. Relax and breathe.
All of the ideas above are easy, do-able ways to take care of yourself and your mental health. When the world around us seems like too much to bear, we have to take a step back and put things in perspective. You are strong, resilient and capable of more than you know. You cannot give your all to your students if you do not prioritize yourself and your needs.
I hope you find this post will be helpful to you and make you more mindful of the way you live your life! Because you matter, too.
…and when I am a teacher one day and things get a little too crazy, remind me to take care of me, too.
For more information on self care and ideas on how to take a break:
You are sitting in the office; it’s a busy week at work. There’s an important meeting you’ve to prepare for, a social media campaign that you’ve to spearhead, loads of paperwork, and your calendar is jam-packed with tasks and events. So, how do you make room for all these things?