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Why teachers self-care matters this December

December has some of the most stress-filled days of the year for teachers.

Not only are we dealing with the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays, but many of us have report cards due, preparation for 2nd term and lot of more.

It can be difficult to find time for yourself, but it’s definitely important.
Today we will be Deliberating on teacher self-care ideas we should all try to make time for this month.

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Who’s with me?

December has some of the most stress-filled days of the year for teachers.

Not only are we dealing with the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays, but many of us have report cards due, preparation for 2nd term and lot of more.

It can be difficult to find time for yourself, but it’s definitely important.
Today we will be Deliberating on teacher self-care ideas we should all try to make time for this month.

💞💕💞💕💞💕💗💔💓💓🤎💝💖❤️
Who’s with me?

Taking care of yourself and your loved ones may seem like a basic part of everyday life. However, we often don’t give enough thought to the implications of doing so.

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that self-care plays an important role in our lives

Reasons that practising self-care can help: 

Managing stress 😩
Improving your physical and mental health 👏
Making you more aware
Helping build healthy relationships

You might be thinking, “but I don’t know how to do self care?

What should I do?” I’ve got you covered with some self care tips for teachers! Read on and enjoy!

Exercise

There are many benefits that come with exercise. It reduces the risk of things like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as reducing your risk of early death. Exercise is also excellent for your mental health, helping to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. When it comes to self-care tips for December and beyond, they don’t come much better than this.
Develop a support network.

Truth bomb…teaching is hard! Sometimes people outside of the profession just don’t get it.

Develop a support network of colleagues you can vent to and brainstorm with. One of the best self care tips for teachers is to spend time outside of school with your teacher friends. It is not only relaxing, but they just “get it!” Treat yourself to chips & salsa after school on a Friday or organise a beach hangouts.


Practise mindfulness

Mindfulness is the state of being fully aware of yourself and your surroundings, without judging either. Although that seems like a fairly simple concept, with the world as busy and constantly connected as it is, it can be difficult to take a step back. When you practise mindfulness, you focus on the present moment and how you’re feeling in it.
Mindfulness can help to decrease stress, improve your wellbeing, boost your creativity and memory, and help with your mental health. It’s clear why it makes it onto our list of self-care tips for December, but how do you practice it?

Express gratitude 

Gratitude is another seemingly straightforward concept. Most of us are grateful for something or another in our lives. However, this apparently simple emotion can be a powerful self-care tool.

There is a growing body of evidence to show that expressing gratitude can help with your physical and mental health.

Being grateful, whether directly to another person or written down, can reduce negative emotions and aggression, enhance empathy, help you sleep better, and improve your self-esteem. It helps you focus on your accomplishments and the positive aspects in your life.

Limit your screen time

It’s easy to get caught up in the continuous news cycle at the moment. Developing stories, whether about the coronavirus pandemic or otherwise, can keep you glued to your TV or devices. Although it’s good to keep informed about the latest developments, you should try and limit your screen time in this respect. It can leave you feeling drained and anxious, continuously refreshing the page.

Set small, medium, and large goals for your life

Teachers are great planners. So take some time and plan for your own life goals. Have you been wanting to take a big trip?
Buy a new place?
Start a new self-care routine?
Write it down and plan it out.

No matter how big or small, documenting your plans and goals can give you the power to make them happen. Don’t hold back — no goal is unworthy. And you deserve all of it.

Stay connected 

Loneliness has become a real problem during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been limited when it comes to spending face-to-face time with family and friends, as well as socialising through work and leisure. To fight off these feelings, it’s important that you stay connected with those who you care about. Thankfully, there are many ways you can do so, even if you can’t see them in-person. 

Whether it’s calling
video conferencing
messaging, or even writing a letter, you can make sure you reach out to your loved ones.

Don’t neglect your sleep schedule 

Getting enough sleep brings all kinds of physical and mental health benefits, while not getting enough can negatively impact you. 

Try and work on a sleep schedule that keeps you in a regular pattern. Don’t eat or drink caffeine just before bed, and minimise your alcohol intake of you drink.

Try and work on ways to de-stress before you go to bed, and keep your bedroom free of distractions. You can also try reading a book rather than scrolling on your screen before you try and sleep.

Lastly

Seek outside support if you need it

If your working day is getting harder to get through, schedule time to talk to a professional. Your mental health is important, and sometimes a mani/pedi just isn’t going to cut it. Taking the time to work on your mental health is the best kind of self-care

Give some of above suggestions a try
Have a fruit holiday 😋

Goodnight all

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