Summer is almost over and school is right around the corner. I bet you did some great things this summer like exercised more, ate all the veggies, and slept at least 8 hours every night. Okay, maybe you didn’t get that six pack this summer and go vegan or even sleep 8 hours every night, but I bet you took more time to care for yourself than you normally do during the school year. And let’s face it, when it comes to the school year, teachers struggle to take care of themselves. Instead of letting all self-care go for the next 9-10 months and waiting patiently for summer to start those healthy habits again, try something new this year.
Self-care all year is extremely important, especially when things get stressful. Teachers are givers and caretakers, so making a mindful effort to stay healthy can be hard when putting everyone else first. I’ve got some easy tips that’ll help you find ways for better health all year long. Trust me, it’s worth spending time on yourself!
– Find an exercise you enjoy and put it on your calendar. You’ve probably heard this before, but it works. Use ClassPass to try different workouts if you don’t know what you like then sign up for a class you can’t miss. If you enjoy your workout then you’ll want to go. Plus, making plans and putting them on your calendar means you’re more likely to follow through.
– Eat more veggies and less sugar. I know this isn’t a groundbreaking tip, but it’s a simple and important habit. More veggies = more nuturients = better health. It’s simple math.
– Give yourself a stop work time and declare a “no work night” once a week. Working from sunrise to sunset is a great way to burnout, so decide on a time that you’ll stop working each night and stick to it. Do something that has nothing to do with teaching on your “no work night.” Doing this surprisingly helped me go to bed at a decent time. When I worked until 9pm at night, I needed some time to decompress, so I stayed up later. When I stopped working earlier, I had more time to myself to decompress or relax before bed so I didn’t have to stay up as late. This meant I was better rested in the morning. Win!
Do you have other great healthy tips for your fellow teachers? Share them in the comment section!