August 11, 2019

Be Kind To Yourself

Teaching is a very giving role and if we don’t purposely take time out to recharge, we will slowly burn out.  Why do we find it so hard to look after ourselves?

Let’s be honest — teaching can be both physically and emotionally draining.

All your plans for the day can be disrupted by so many unknown issues — a disgruntled parent wanting to know why their child wasn’t picked for the soccer team;  the Principal wanting you to organise an excursion; having to cover for another teacher’s playground duty; and let’s not forget our everyday preparation and planning for the classroom.

Teachers in general are self-sacrificing and it’s important to make sure you be kind to yourself.  Here are some ideas to get you started:-

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Learn to say “NO”.
  • Lose yourself in a good book.
  • Get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Go for a walk, bike ride, hit the gym, or head to the driving range.
  • Eat well and have the occasional treat.
  • Cook double and freeze meals so you can have a night off.
  • Hang out with some friends.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Relax.
  • Spend quality time with your loved ones and pets.
  • Declutter your life.
  • Buy yourself flowers.  Why not? 🙂
  • Stop trying to control everything. Learn to delegate.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Don’t let the little things get to you.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Visit health professionals when needed.
  • Adopt a positive attitude.
  • Sip green tea.
  • Forgive.
  • Don’t get caught up in the drama. Life is already complicated.

Teaching is such a demanding profession that can really wear you out…if you let it.  Try to be a little kinder to yourself.

’till next time,
Naomi xx

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