career and work
I’ve been an Elementary Teacher for over 10 years now. Teachers work hard! It’s a rewarding career; however, it can lead to “burnout” especially, if you don’t practice self care. You may be wondering–how can you practice self-care? You feel your time is scarce enough as it is. It’s essential to yourself to take care of YOU to be the Best Educator for your students. Here’s 10 Ways Teachers Can Practice Self Care this School Year (that can be easily incorporated into your day)!
1. Stay out the school’s Vending Machine.
Instead of reaching for high sugary treats in the teacher’s lounge or the school’s vending machine. Try whole fruits, nuts and fruit snacks that will give you energy.
2. Drink Less Coffee.
Before that morning cup of coffee, make sure to fill up on water in the morning and throughout the day to stay hydrated and fueled.
3. Take a After-School Nap.
A 20 minute nap after school is idea to rejuvenate your energy to continue working at home.
4. Treat Yo’Self.
Your budget may be tight–It’s okay to treat yo’self sometimes. Buy yourself a giftcard to your favorite cafe, coffee shop or spa for those days you need a little extra love.
5. Don’t be afraid to say “No”.
Yes, they will ask! You don’t have to volunteer and stay for every school function. Don’t be afraid to say “No, thank you”–and ask for help when you need to.
6. Move Your Body.
A daily workout routine will help release all the stress that can build up in the body from the daily demands of teaching. If the weekdays are too busy, try working out on the weekends.
7. Set Work Life Balance.
Teachers to-do list seems to never end. However, it is really important to set a healthy work life balance to prevent “teacher burnout’. Decide on what teaching responsibilities you are willing to take home and how much time you’re able to give to “working at home”.
8. No Gossiping or Complaining.
The teacher’s lounge can be full with many “complaints”. Yes, there are many demands that come with teaching that cause one the need to express concern(s). However, Gossiping and complaining will only drain your positive energy. Instead voice your concerns respectfully to the proper school authority.
9. Prayer, affirmation and meditation.
I find this to be very helpful; especially on those Monday Mornings! Creating a Daily Morning Prayer, Affirmation and meditation Routine is essential for maintaining peace, balance and serenity.
10. Sharpen Your Teaching Skills.
Instead of waiting for “mandatory” professional development. Seek training that most interest you, will benefit your students; and make your school day flow easier.
Do You Feel Like You’re Always Spinning Your Wheels?
You try…and try; yet, you just don’t feel productive. You don’t know where or how to start! Not to mention, you often times feel defeated and lack motivation. Keep reading…I got you covered! You have the drive and the determination, you are only lacking the proper tools to increase your daily productivity. In addition to practicing daily self-care…Here’s 3 Simple Tips to Be More Productive Everyday Easy!
Tip #1 Plan and Prepare at Night
Benjamin Franklin said it best! If you don’t prepare, then you are preparing to Fail! Get out your organizer or planner and look over the day ahead the night before. Determine how you need to prepare to be successful and productive for the next day. Rather you’re planning for a hectic day at work, a day running with the kids, or gearing up for busy entrepreneurship life–Create Your Daily Action Plan the night before.
No, you can’t plan and/or prepare for everything that may occur (this is “real” life). However, with a good plan you will wake up feeling more in control. And more confident knowing exactly what you need to accomplish for that day. Versus trying to just “get through” the day and hoping you get something (anything) done.
Tip #2 Prioritize Your To-Do-List
The above quote is right on! You have to change your perspective on how you prioritize your schedule and to-do-list. Don’t just prioritize your to-do-list, instead prioritize what tasks you put on your daily to-do-list for. Stop starting with the tasks that don’t matter or are lower priority. And Focus on the Tasks that must be done and will make the MOST Impact for that day.
You don’t need a fancy to-do-list either. I usually just write down my prioritized tasks on a simple index card and stick it inside my planner. Utilizing this tip will make your to-do-list more “doable”–and you can work on lower priority tasks when you have a larger chuck of time.
Tip #3 Take Action Daily
Yep, this goes without saying. Yet, how many times have we had a great idea, formulated a plan, only to let our dreams die because we fail to “Take Action”! Don’t let this be you. Now, that you have a plan, are prepared and have a prioritized list to work from. It is time to Follow Through and Take Consistent Action Daily!
Taking action each day will help you feel more productive. Plus, you won’t feel so overwhelmed just “thinking” about all you have to do because you will be able to see your progress.
Utilizing these 3 Productivity tips…along with practicing daily self-care, will allow you to be more Productive Everyday!
Need more help practicing daily self-care? Read 30 Self-Care Activities You Can Do Today!