Welcome to Weekly Self-Care Tips for Educators!
At the turn of a new year, reflection often brings a raft of resolutions. It’s the perfect time for fresh starts, sowing the seeds to different habits and positive changes. No matter how much planning you do, however, daily tasks can take priority ahead of seemingly non-essential goals such as “self-care”.
Did you try any of the 11 tips for educators in our first installment? I know! There were a lot of tips week one…I got a bit excited! If you didn’t read it, you can check it out here!
This week I am sharing six self-care and wellness tips on three topics: Mindset, Habit Stacking and Journaling for you to consider adding to your wellness routine. Don’t have a wellness routine? I’d like to encourage you to start one and consider what works best for you and what might be a quick win! Keep things simple, manageable and reasonable. Do it for the sake of accomplishment and stick to it. When we overextend or overcommit ourselves and we don’t follow through it tends to make us feel bad. The goal is to feel good so pick small attainable self-care goals to ensure you accomplish them. You can always do some habit stacking and add more later. I say start small!
Mindset. The established set of attitudes held by someone. Mindset has everything to do with perspective. Our foundational beliefs, attitudes and biases naturally affect the way we process information and experience the world around us. Having an optimistic mindset increases the likelihood of formulating a winning perspective and achieving long-term success. Mindset also affects our likelihood of developing burnout and our ability to overcome it!
Habit Stacking. The idea behind habit stacking is simple: add a new behavior to your daily schedule by “stacking it” on top of an existing habit. By stacking enough habits, you'll effectively incorporate a surprising amount of extra physical activity or other target into your daily routine without even realizing it. I apply this concept to all of my daily routines and rituals.
Start a Self-Care Journal. In search of balance and self-care? There are many benefits to journaling. It strengthens your immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, improves your mood, reduces symptoms of depression, boosts your creativity, leaves a record for your future self and improves your mindfulness.
Next week I will be sharing a stress quiz, talking about some barriers to self-care and inspiring you with more self-care tips for educators! Stay tuned for a new project I'm working on. Educator Wellness Speaker Series featuring expert practitioners to support educators on their self-care and wellness journey. Is that something you would be interested in?
Don’t forget if you are interested in ⭐️ Joyful Educator Lab ⭐️ and creating your own wellness and 7 Powerful Practices Plan you can learn more here or you can schedule a Vision Call to discuss bringing Joyful Educator Lab to your campus or District here.