Every so often I hear an educator angrily dismiss the entire self-care movement because it is being presented as the easy, enjoyable, and seemingly magical solution for the giant problem of how our educational system treats its teachers. ~~Feeling stressed? Take a hot bath and you will feel instantly calm and relaxed. Bonus points for including scented candles! ~~Not enough time with your family? Just
You may think that as an incredibly busy educator there is absolutely no way you can take time off for self-care. Good news – you totally can! That is because self-care doesn’t always have to be a big event that requires tons of planning and a big chunk of time and money. In fact, meaningful self-care can happen in just 5 minutes or even less!
Way back in 2012, long before the word “pandemic” was a household word, I asked the following question on my Facebook page: Would you advise a young person considering a career in teaching to forge ahead or choose a different path? The responses were heartbreaking and sadly predictable. Many teachers talked about how they love the kids and love teaching, but that the profession has
Picture what happens when you say those words that every kid in your class longs to hear: Free Time! Most likely, your students immediately engage in their favorite activities. Some color or draw, some chat with their friends, others play games, a few might get out the book they are reading and curl up in a quiet corner. Here is what they don’t do: They
Big Goals are soooooo seductive. You can see your Big Goal out in the distance and it just looks so good. you can picture how incredibly amazing your life would be if you could just reach that Big Goal. So, in order to reach that Big Goal in the fasted, most efficient way possible, you make Big, Sweeping Life Changes. Want to lose 50 pounds?
If you google “Self-Care Gifts” you’re going to see a whole lot of scented candles and beautifully presented spa kits show up on your screen. And while fancy body lotion isn’t a bad thing, it will only get you so far. Rather than adding yet another bath-balm to that drawer in your bathroom that you almost never open, I am going to recommend you give
Imagine having lunch with a girlfriend. You know she has been dieting, so you are a bit surprised when she orders a big slice of chocolate cake for dessert. When she is done (and of course she ate every bite), you say to her. “Wow, I can’t believe you ate all of that. I thought you were on a diet. You’re never going to lose