This week you may have students or may still be in professional developmental, but either way, now is the time to think about what you can do for yourself this school year. You deserve to have a great year and be that awesome teacher you know you can be, but it means putting a little more time and effort into yourself. Here are 5 ideas to get you started!
- Create a routine. Routines help you stay focused and accomplish more. It takes time to settle into a new routine, but if you plan your to dos and schedule the time to get them done daily, weekly, or monthly, you’ll get use to it pretty quickly. A morning and evening routine are also great for self-care time. Plan your workouts, relaxation, or friends time so you can’t skip out on it.
- Set a new personal goal. Have you always wanted to run a race, or do you want to write daily? Whatever your goal is, commit to it this school year and make it apart of your routine. This is a great way to make sure you take time for things you enjoy and want to do instead of only focusing on work.
- Make one night during the week your rest night. Don’t stay late or do work at home on this night. Take full advantage of doing nothing you don’t want to and make sure you get plenty of rest that day.
- Find more reasons to be grateful. Gratitude is extremely important and can change your mood. Make a conscious effort to be more grateful and show gratitude daily this school year. It’ll make others feel better as well as yourself.
- Clean up your home. Coming home to a cluttered, messy place makes it difficult to feel relaxed. Take the time this school year to clean up your home and keep it clean. If you have a lot of stuff you don’t need, donate and de-clutter your life a little bit too!
- Be more forgiving to yourself and others. Holding onto a grudge or anger towards yourself or others hurts your health. Be understanding that you and others will make mistakes and let that be okay. Start each day fresh and be willing to let things go. You’ll feel so much better!