Schedule Time Alone.
Teaching can become socially draining. Plan at least 10-20 minutes a day where you can take a break and enjoy some alone time. Take a walk around the school building over lunch hour, fill your water bottle throughout the day, or sneak into choir practice and enjoy the music.
Keep a Journal.
Log your experiences, both good and bad. Write to process and work through emotions on the challenging days. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, look up previous positive experiences to bring a smile to your face.
Create a Circle of Social Support.
Connect with loved ones regularly. Try going to dinner with friends once a month or simply spending quality time with your significant other.
Set Healthy Boundaries.
Often teachers find themselves working past the school bell and well into the weekend. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, set boundaries for when you will stop working each night and the hours you’re able to work on the weekends.
Engage in Physical Activity as a Stress-Reliever.
Evidence shows that regular activity increases energy and reduces your risk for health problems. Movement can also be a fun way to release stress or frustration. Stretching is a quick, easy way to get started.
Take Time Off When Needed.
A crucial aspect of self-care is managing stress and taking a break when necessary. Educators often view teaching as much more than a job, and can struggle with stepping away. A relaxing 5 minute break or a personal day can have a profound impact on your body and brain.
Looking for ways to practice self-care with students? Recharge with a fit Workout Yoga Flow or fitGame Get Your Z’s. Then, test their knowledge with the fit Quiz: Recharge.