Don’t let your teacher life consume your personal life!
Make YOU a priority!
Always put yourself on your to-do list. You are the most important factor in student success. If you are unhealthy (emotionally, mentally, or physically), you cannot be there for your students!
Get plenty of rest, take vitamins, exercise, and always put your health first!
Research has proven it a million times over - exercise helps increase energy, improve concentration, decrease stress, and prevent depression.
Plan to take a break!
Plan to take a break for 5 minutes every hour. Turn your brain off, meditate, have a healthy snack, take a walk, and be amazed at how rejuvenated you will feel.
Have self care strategies to combat stress!
Have at least 3 self care strategies for relieving stress that are part of your weekly routine - and then have your secret weapons!
Make choices in your life to eliminate stressors.
Identify your triggers of stress. Find strategies to help extinguish or alleviate those triggers.
Start and end on a positive note!
Set your tone for the day by starting off on a positive note...at home - meditate, workout, take a walk…at school - say “good morning” to staff and students, have a morning routine, sip some tea while you prep for your day...
End your day on a positive note...at home - say what you are thankful for today, say a prayer, read a book… at school - have an end of the day routine, prepare for the next day, say what you are thankful for, walk out the door with nothing to bring home...