It’s right there. The light is at the end of the tunnel. The finish line. The end of the school year is coming!
And with it a lot of additional stress from last minute grading, report cards, Open House, field trips and all the other time consuming business of wrapping up another school year.
It would be so easy to just power through and ignore the fact that, despite your good intentions, you haven’t exercised in weeks and you are eating lots of sugary treats in the staff room to fuel your over-filled life. We know. We’ve been there.
But we also know it doesn’t really work if you want to feel good mentally, physically and emotionally.
Instead we offer an alternative to business as usual.
Ditch the soda and coffee and replace it with lots of plain water.
A lot of times we think we are tired and hungry, but really our body needs water. Next time you are feeling sluggish or hungry grab some water and see if it doesn’t perk you up.
Self-Care Tip #2
Take 10 for 10.
As in 10 minutes of guided meditation for 10 days. It sounds counter intuitive to spend time meditating instead of working, but trust us, it works!
Headspace offers a FREE 10 day meditation program. Tami did it last summer and is still with the program 9 months later. With LOTS more space in her head. And life.
Self-Care Tip #3
Use the buddy system.
Make a pact with a colleague to do one hour a day of personal time. Maybe you do a yoga class or hit up the gym. Or instead you read for pleasure in the tub. Just make sure you have an accountability partner to keep you honest!
Self-Care Tip #4
Nature heals. Maybe it is a walk on the grass bare foot for a few minutes or a half day hike with your family on the weekend. Just get outside and let nature do its work.
Self-Care Tip #5
Turn in upside down. You can even do it with friends.
Check out this post from Tami about how to make it through the day without more coffee or trip to the vending machine.
Self-Care Tip #6
Stop thinking self-care takes a lot of time.
Check out this post from Tami on how to use a timer to take better care of yourself.
Self-Care Tip #7
Drop one thing.
Instead of trying to keep every single commitment when clearly you are up to your eyebrows and totally stressed the limit, drop one thing.
Rosie shows you how in her post Drop One Thing.
We hope you find these tips helpful and easy to implement.
Please hit reply and let us know how the end of your year is going.
With much adoration,
Tami and Rosie
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