Are you ready to make self-care a part of your daily life, but you’re not sure how to start? In this episode, we’re breaking down 5 amazing self-care practices for teachers and ways to make them part of your daily life.
5 Amazing Self-Care Practices for Teachers
5 Self-Care Practices:
1) Make Time for Yourself
- Set aside time each day to do things you enjoy. This may involve waking up a little earlier in the morning to meditate or exercise, taking a break during the day to read or take a walk, or setting aside time in the evening to engage in a hobby or creative activity.
2) Get Enough Sleep
- Sleep gives your body and mind time to recharge and repair. Lack of sleep can have negative effects on your body. You aren’t able to think as clearly when you don’t get enough sleep, and lack of sleep even causes higher levels of stress and a weaker immune system.
3) Practice Mindfulness
- Mindfulness is a practice that involves bringing your attention to the present moment without judgment. It can help reduce stress and increase relaxation. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindful walking.
4) Exercise Regularly
- Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. It doesn’t have to be a high-intensity workout at the gym. Even taking a short walk during your lunch break or doing a yoga video at home can be beneficial.
5) Connect with Others
- Connecting with others is an essential aspect of self-care. Spending time with friends, family, or colleagues can help reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
- First, think about the self-care practices we talked about today, and choose one or two that you want to build into your schedule. We don’t want to add too many things at one time, or it’s going to be really hard to stick to them.
- Once you’ve chosen the ones you want to focus on, add them to your calendar or to-do list. This will remind you to fit them into those times when you have a few minutes.
- Reflect on how these changes make you feel. Ask yourself if you feel happier and more relaxed when you do them. If you do, then you made good choices, and you should continue doing them. If not, then you might want to consider different self-care practices. It’s okay if you don’t find the perfect ones right away. Self-care is a journey, and it takes a while to find out what works. We also have to constantly reassess our self-care journey because our interests and preferences may change over time.
- Don’t go on your self-care journey alone. Find a family member or fellow teacher who also wants to work on self-care. You can also join me and other teachers in the Teacher Self-Care Community Facebook Group. (Request to join now, and it will officially open on May 27th.)
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