The classroom is changing and with that so is your work schedule. Over the next two blog posts, I will give you my top 6 tips for self-care as our classroom experiences continue to evolve.
Tip #1: You need “Office” Hours
You cannot be available 24/7 for your students. You will lose your mind and your inner peace.
Instead, you are allowed to designate virtual office hours. These are time slots where you are available in the morning, afternoon, and maybe a couple of hours in the evening. Students can ask questions, get feedback on assignments, or simply bounce ideas off you during these hours.
Why office hours? You are allowed to establish boundaries and create space outside of your online learning classroom. Office hours are a great way to set clear boundaries for your students, and yourself.
A happy teacher makes for a great teacher!
Tip #2: Why A Positive Brain Matters
Here’s my daily wisdom for all you teachers out there:
Did you know that a positive brain is 31% more productive than a brain that is negative, neutral, or stressed?
Are you stressed? Most of us are, especially now.
We miss our students and the structure of our days. As teachers, we are giving so much of ourselves right now. But that means we sometimes lose ourselves in the process of working so hard.
Doing what it takes to take care of you is SO important because your brain at positive will serve you better in all aspects of your life.
Tip #3: You Are Not Selfish for Putting Yourself First
There is a huge myth in our culture: the idea that putting yourself first is selfish.
Whether it’s your job, your students, your partner, a family member, or friend, we have a habit of thinking about their desires, needs, interests, before we think of our own.
This makes sense—we want to make those we love happy. We want to make them feel heard and understood.
But in the long run, it doesn’t work, and it leaves you feeling depleted.
Taking good care of YOU, means the people in your life get the best of you rather than what’s leftover. You are allowed to take care of your inner world first. You count!
Putting yourself first is truly a difficult thing. I believe the order goes: JesusundefinedGod, others, me. I do recognize the need to put myself first sometimes it is just hard to do.
Thank you for these tips, they are not only useful, they are helpful.
Yes, self love is very important! You are welcome!
This is great. I love the ideas thanks so much
You are so welcome!!!! Glad you are here.
Tip #3 is where I am at right now. I know that taking care of myself and feeling good when I do will help me better take care of those around me. It has taken me year to realize this simple truth, but I'm glad I did. Thank you for emphasizing this idea and the importance of being positive.
You are so very welcome! Yes, to taking care of you!
Good for you!
Thank you. I have 2 jobs, and between the two, it seems I never have a whole day off. So yesterday, I didn’t open my laptop, I went back to bed after walking the dog, and we had a simple meal for dinner. Went to Dairy Queen for dessert and I was in bed before 11:00 pm. OMG I feel like a new woman.
I am so proud of you!