This blog was originally published on August 11th, 2017. It has been updated with new information and links.
We all know that teaching is hard! As educators, it is easy to put everyone else's needs ahead of our own, but self-care needs to be a priority. We all know that the car won't run when the gas tank is empty, and neither will you. Check out these 5 simple steps you can utilize to ensure that you take care of yourself first, so you can then take care of others.
Hi, I'm Susanne from Learners Edge, and I'm here to talk to you a bit about self-care for teachers.
As educators, we are all aware that we often take care of others before we take care of ourselves, our friends and family, and of course, our students.
I have a few tips to help you take care of yourselves and in turn, take care of others.
Number one, the “buddy system.” Make plans to meet a friend to exercise. You're more likely to show up if you're making plans with a friend.
Number two, make sure that you schedule your workouts. In other words, put the workout in your calendar like you would a dentist appointment or a doctor appointment, and you won't miss.
Number three, shoes-- yes, shoes. Keep your shoes in your car, in your office, or at school, that way when you have the opportunity to go for a walk you'll be ready to go.
Number four, nutrition. Be purposeful and mindful about the nutrition that you have available to you. Cut up fruit and snacks, so you have them available during the day if you need them.
And lastly, number five, protect your sleep. We all know that we're much happier when we get a good night's sleep.
Looking for additional strategies on self-care for teachers? Check out our Educator Wellness category for outstanding courses on this topic, and some of our other resources below:
- Prevent Teacher Burnout with Self Care Blog
- Mindfulness for Teachers Webinar
- Building Teacher Resilience Webinar
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