A note to teachers
You are so much more than a teacher.
I just wanted to take a moment to express how grateful I am for you. While it may not feel like it, you are making a huge difference in the lives of your students. I am thankful for you. Your dedication and passion has an enormous impact on children, and cannot be thanked enough.
As a former teacher, I totally get the feeling this time of year brings. I also know how easy it can be to let your personal life slip away while you dedicate all of your time and energy on your students. Not only are you a teacher - but you are a counselor and a psychologist. You are a doctor. You are a librarian, a custodian, a behavior analyst, a psychic, a party planner, a banker, an expert on everything.
And on top of that...
you are a mother. you are a daughter, a sister, a wife. you are creative. you have hobbies. you have a life.
Although this time of year can feel like you’re sinking fast than you can swim, you have to take time for yourself, which brings me to the point of this whole post (which isn’t said enough) - help yourself before you help others. Put your oxygen mask on first. You are one person!! And although you have about 50 other jobs to do, 25+ people relying on you, 15 things to get done in 30 minutes...you have to stop and take care of your health, mind, soul, and heart.
I thought it would be a great time to have one of my favorite teacher wellness advocates, Sarah from The Designer Teacher, share some of her fave self-care tips! We understand the craziness of teaching and get that sometimes the last thing you want to do is spend time on yourself when you could be crossing things off your to-do list. Here are five, SIMPLE things Sarah loves to do to take care of herself!
1. Taking a bath.
I love baths. When I was teaching full time, I made Sunday night baths a ritual to help me ease into the week. I like to go all out with candles, bath salts or a bath bomb, wine, and lots of magazines!
2. Working on a puzzle.
When I first started seeing my therapist, she assigned me the homework of doing “nothing” for ten minutes twice a week. Working on jigsaw puzzles became my “nothing” activity of choice! It’s great way to chill out after school or work. I like to listen to audiobooks as I puzzle. You can check out some of my favorite puzzles here.
3. Practicing yoga.
I practice a kind of yoga called Kundalini Yoga, and it’s much more breathing and meditation based than your average class at the gym. I go every Friday night (and I try to go once more during the week), and it is SO helpful for me.
4. Reciting affirmations.
Affirmations are a powerful way to take care of yourself. I particularly like reciting affirmations at the beginning of the day and the end of the day. My favorite morning affirmation is, “I am peaceful and calm, and greet the day with ease,” and my favorite nighttime affirmation is, “I do enough, I have enough, I am enough.” You can find 5 more affirmations for teachers here.
5. Spending time with my pups.
I adopted Hippo the pug and Olivia the mini dachshund a few months ago, and they have brought me so much joy. Cuddling and playing with them is the best.
So simple, right?! Do one thing each night that is for YOU. And if you need a little more motivation, Sarah’s Teacher Care Crate might help you out!! I’m obsessed! Her monthly subscription has made it so much easier for me to remember to practice self-care. Here are a few pictures from my February crate!
P.S. this post is not sponsored! I’m just in love with this idea!!