Featured Blogger Kelsey from Adventuring Kelsey
The school year can be a difficult time for many teachers. From late night planning, to weekly meetings, to simply spending time worrying about our students in and out of the school day, there’s no doubt that we, as teachers, have a lot on our plate. While teaching is a rewarding and exciting career, with it also comes anxiety and stressors that make it difficult for us to slow down and take the time to listen to what our bodies and minds need. While focusing on our students is so very important, it’s just as important to focus on the teacher, aka… YOU! By taking the time out of your day to focus on yourself, you are able to show up for your students and teammates in a much more impactful way than if you are allowing yourself to get burnt out and live in the overwhelm.
There are many ways to make sure you’re taking the time to care for yourself. Here are a few suggestions on where to start!
Start by taking a few minutes out of your day to sit down with a pen and paper, or even the notes section in your phone, and write down EVERYTHING that comes to mind that makes you feel good!! Don’t think of anything as too big or too small; just simply put what makes you happy on that list. If travel is one, put it. If sipping your coffee is another, it makes the list. It’s called a “dump” for a reason! So we can get it all out there!!
Once you’ve gotten everything written down that makes you happy, go back through that list and find something you could realistically do every single day and DO IT!! As for the bigger things, like travel, maybe you take some time out of your day to plan a trip you’ll take over summer break, because, of course, you wouldn’t be able to travel every day (If only, right?!). “But how do I make sure I actually do these things every day?” Great question.
Schedule in “Me Time”
Whether it’s 5 minutes to read, 30 minutes to exercise, or anywhere/anything in between. Whatever you picked from that list, whatever the time limit, you NEED to put it into your “schedule”. This “Me Time” needs to be a non-negotiable EVERY DAY! As I said earlier, it can be as short as 5 minutes, but you need to make sure you are scheduling that time in for you! Make sure that what you’ve picked off your list truly brings you ultimate happiness, and plan a realistic time to execute that task. If you are not realistic, it will not work. If you know you cannot dedicate 45 minutes every single day to go to the gym, don’t plan that in as your “Me Time”. You’ll spend more time feeling stressed about the fact that you didn’t get your time in, than the time you should be spending making sure you’re filling your cup up!
Just Say “No”
This is really hard for educators. It is honestly probably one of the hardest things for us, to say “no” when we’re asked to join another committee or schedule another meeting after school. The worst part about these requests? They don’t go away. Some teachers are busy bees and can say yes to all of the things without any burnout, but we aren’t all like that. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting for us to say “yes” to it all. Please know that in times of overwhelm, it’s okay to say “no”. You don’t HAVE to take on that other committee if it doesn’t feel right to you. You don’t HAVE to have a meeting scheduled every day after school. You know how to do your job, and I’m sure you’re very good at it. The planning for your students and your lessons will still happen, trust me on this. When something doesn’t feel good, just say “no.” You’ll thank yourself later.
It’s time to love on yourself, Teacher.
If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, check out my FREE Teacher’s Survival Guide on How to Find Time to Work On You, designed just for teachers like you! In it I include 5 tips that I personally use to ensure I put in work on myself! I even give some specific examples on how to schedule in the time using time management strategies!
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