If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times! Self-care matters. If you are constantly giving your all to everyone else, you are going to eventually burn out. Please take a moment to schedule ways to nurture yourself every week. It will be one of the best things you can do to show up and show out for your students.
I’ve created an infographic with a list of 50 suggestions for educators to get into the self-care zone. You can print and post this poster in the lounge.
After posting, place these black and white zen pages in their mailboxes so that they can keep a checklist of their progress. If you are really motivated, you can turn it into a school-wide challenge. It’s really easy to do and the benefits are enormous for the teachers and the students that they serve.
To create a challenge, simply give teachers a goal to check off the things they did over a set period of time. They can turn in their sheets to you or in a box in the lounge. Host drawings and a giveaway to promote participation. You can do a free jeans day/week, or give out samples of lotions and coupons from local spas. Just give them a call and see if they would like to donate. They are usually more than happy to partner with you, especially if they are near the school. Check out my post with 20 self-care quotes that you can also use for the challenge with more free downloads.
Good luck! Let me know how it goes!
You might also want to join my Facebook group called “Anxiety Tips and Tools to Educators” for more ideas to support educators and students with their anxiety in the classroom and beyond.