Self-Care for teachers routines are important; however, it’s easy to claim that you are too busy or don’t have time to address these personal needs. Put simply, self-care is about learning about the small things in life and what it takes to look after yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.
Once routines are established and you’ve dealt with embracing your own problems, learning to love and take care of your own body and mind becomes a whole lot easier.
Taking time out can seem impossible as a teacher who works around the clock. However, these routines, habits and activities need not be elaborate, time-consuming or expensive.
Protecting your mental health as a teacher…
There is a lot of discussions out there regarding the wellbeing of the people who teach the children of the future. Arguably, there is not enough done to protect the mental health of us teachers. This responsibility is left in our own hands. Looking after yourself is the first step towards ensuring the well-being of the children of whom you teach.
Self-care for teachers should feel like a selfish task as let’s face it, you dedicate your life to helping and educating others.
It’s not self-indulging but instead working out a work-life balance. Self-care routines are about establishing this balance and working towards achieving it on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Learning to juggle time effectively is crucial to a long-lasting career in teaching according to Mindful Teachers.
Routines of self-care for teachers need to remain realistic and achievable!
You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you are not realistic with your self-care routine goals. You need to address what your body needs whether it be: socialising, quiet alone time, exercise or a place to be creative. That’s a choice that I cannot make for you; however, I can suggest a number of self-care for teachers activities/routines/habits that I feel work and are achievable.
- Set a daily goal or intention. Set yourself up for success!
- Eat well, stay hydrated and sleep enough.
- Remain active, exercise frequently, mediate and move.
- Socialise regularly.
- Harness your creativity.
- Enjoy the fresh air, go for a walk and embrace nature.
- Write things down: thoughts, feelings, concerns or simply things to remember.
- Take some time out.
- Perform acts of kindness for others.
- Start every day prepared and get things done ahead of time.
- Dedicate at least 1 day of your weekend to being work free!
- Try a new hobby.
- Read, paint, colour, draw, garden, design, blog, bake or listen to music.
- Express gratitude and reflect daily (use a journal, your phone or a notebook).
- Look for the good; focus on the positive and not the negative.
- Ask for a hug, reach out to others and take advice.
These are just a few ideas and routines with self-care for teachers in mind. The hardest part is finding time in your busy and hectic filled day, but it is not impossible, trust me. Once you make time for yourself, everything else becomes less stressful and easier to cope with.