When you hear the term “self-care” you might automatically associate it with selfishness. However, it is quite the opposite. Practicing self-care is all about making sure your own health and wellness are taken care so that you can be your best for others. Still not convinced? Recall your last flight-safety demo when you were reminded in case of an in-flight emergency you are to take care of your own mask first before assisting anyone else. Why? You only have just a few seconds not minutes to put on your oxygen masks before oxygen-saturation levels drop to a perilous point. If you help other people first, or ignore the mask altogether, you will begin to lose your ability to recognize faces and shapes, and YOU WILL PASS OUT.
Just as important as putting on your mask first, self-care is an important and necessary component of a teacher’s physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. In order to thrive, especially during this shift to online learning and remote working during this world-wide crisis, we need this time during spring break to regroup. Taking care of ourselves allows us to be at the top of our game and ready for the new challenges to come.
Watch the video for ideas around developing your self-care plan.