Self-Care for Teachers
2021 has started and it was quite a start off the block. And let’s face it teaching is stressful. I have been virtual the entire year. So what that meant was I had to cook, clean, raise my toddler and work pretty much on my own this year. There were days were I felt on top of the world as I checked things off my list and then days where I was about to have a nervous breakdown.
What 2020 has taught me though is how to stay in tuned with my body and sensations. Self-care for teachers is so important. We give so much to so many people! In the past I would ignore that nervousness or anxious feeling. But I’ve welcomed it in now and know it’s my body telling me to chill OUT. And when I say chill out that means my daughter gets a day of Dave and Ava, Cocomelon and Pinkfong while mama shuts off for a day or two. That has helped me so much! We need a weekend even if we’re sitting at home! Self-care for educators is just as important as content creation!
I have some ideas for educators on how to beat that stress. So I put together some things that have been helping me cope and stay connected. I hope they help you as well and bring some joy into your life.
Teaching is stressful! Rest and I mean rest. Stop planning, stop cleaning, order food in, don’t exercise, take a nap, and stop doing all the things. And, don’t you dare feel guilty about it! We deserve that! Give yourself a day or two during the week to take a break from routine and chill out!
Call Your Friends and Family
The pandemic has brought me closer to so many friends and family of mine. Self-care for teachers means picking up the phone and calling a friend. Self-care for teachers means laughing and having fun!
Take time during the week or day to just sit on the phone and dare I say, shoot the sh*t with a friend. I loved the beginning of the pandemic because everyone was all about Houseparty! It was so fun to just chill out with some good friends and laugh. FUN IS IMPORTANT! It is so undervalued. We need to have fun to happy. So make time in your life to play and have fun with your friends.
Everyday take 20-30 minutes to be alone
Another self-care tip for teachers is to get alone time, even during the school year. This is important for me. I love hanging out with people, but I need time to recharge. That could look like a variety of things. Whether it is meditating, going for a walk, exercising alone, reading a book or hiding in the bathroom. Give yourself a little time to regroup.
Read a good book or watch a good movie
I love a little escapism. I love quality film and books. I really am not a fan of reality TV, just because it belittles humanity. But I have no problem binging in some good film or insightful books. I mean film that gets the imagination going or highlights how unbelievably creative we are. So make sure you fill your life with best and the best will come.
Have you checked out Edible Science?
This month I’ve been having a ball teaching edible science. I just released an NGSS: Matter and its Interactions resource to amp up your lesson, butter making. It’s been so fun! Some other things I have plan in the Edible Science Unit include; Lava in a Jar, Bread in a Bag and No Bake Recipes!