YOU DID IT!!! You made it to winter vacation! Turn that alarm clock off as often as you can, binge the movies, and order takeout at least once because now is your time to rest. I know, I know. You're thinking, "How in the world am I supposed to rest when I have cookies to bake, presents to wrap, and meals to plan?" Well, lucky for you that you found the Lesson Plan Toolbox blog because we are here to help you balance your teacher life journey. Today, we have three teacher self-care tips that we find especially helpful and they don't take a lot of time at all! Enjoy!
The first teacher self-care tip we want to suggest is a morning meditation. One of the biggest factors that has definitely helped us through the whole pandemic learning process is finding a morning meditation. We here at Lesson Plan Toolbox are firm believers in "mindset is everything!" People around you can feel the energy you give off, so we need to try to start our day off on a positive note. There might be days where you think, "Oh, they're just kids. They won't know or care about my mood." I promise you that they do notice and they do care. Back in the spring, I noticed myself falling into these moments and I knew I needed something to snap me out of it. That's when I was listening to the CEO Teacher Podcast and Kayse Morris (@kaysemorries) shared about the Simple Habit app. This app truly has something for everyone no matter what life may be putting on your plate. Best of all, you can find meditations that are only five minutes if that's what you need. I highly recommend trying the trial period! What can it hurt?
Our next teacher self-care tip is one of our favorite things, reading! It doesn't matter when you find the time, but try finding just ten minutes a day to read something you want to read. Is it okay to read professional books in order to grow? ABSOLUTELY! I thoroughly enjoy reading any professional book Jen Jones (@hellojenjones) recommends and I find it fun to read them. That's what this is about, you enjoying yourself. Do I love picking up a good beach read even if it is the middle of winter? ABSOLUTELY! Reflect on your mood and what you feel you need. Books truly do have a way of helping us to enter into a world of imagination. Try it for ten minutes a day for one week. We think you'll love it!
Here are some book suggestions (both professional & fun): The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo, The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covery, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, A Good Neighborhood by Anne Fowler
The last teacher self-care tip that we are going to suggest is to find a good face mask. No, not that kind of face mask. Find a face mask that will meet the needs of your skin. Right now, I am loving the Glam Glo face mask because it is really helping to clear my pores. Be mindful of your time because some face masks you have to wear for thirty minutes while others can be done in under ten minutes. You might even try to face mask and read at the same time! Talk about a mini spa day (or at least ten minutes). You won't believe how refreshed you feel!
Here are some face masks that you may want to try: L'Oreal Clay Facial Mask, Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Purifying Face Mask, Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, Clarins Depuffing Face Mask
We hope enjoyed our 3 teacher self-care tips! Our mission here at Lesson Plan Toolbox is to do as much as we can to make the lives of teachers as easy as possible. If you follow @teachempowered, she is doing a whole series on teacher self-care check-ins. Give her a follow here so you can see for yourself strategies: https://www.instagram.com/teach_empowered/
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