Self-care for educators

4 ways to stay well and focused heading into the holidays

@ThisIsVTEDIt’s that time of the year again: you’re almost to the halfway point, almost to the big holiday break. This time of year can be demanding: everyone’s looking forward to vacation, and it’s hard to stay focused on the classroom.

More than that, you’ve been working incredibly hard for and with your students. You’re so very ready for that break. There’s just one more week to go. So let’s talk a little self-care for educators.

4 ways to stay well and focused as we head into the holiday break

Here’s 4 popular suggestions for educator self-care from the chat.

1.Take time for yourself

Whatever thing you love to do, but don’t seem to find time for? Do it. Make time for it. Whether it’s knitting or running, or watching a movie with your family, meditating, or whittling, reading or baking, it’s the thing that makes you happy. Make time for the things you love doing. Make time for your own happiness.

2. Be kind to yourself

You’re engaged in one of the most demanding and important jobs in the world. The fact that you got out of bed this morning and showed up in your classroom ready to support and nurture your students is fantastic.

You’re doing amazing.

Realize and recognize your strength, and be kind to yourself. Whether that means an extra cookie with coffee or telling the doubting voices in your head to pipe down, prioritize self-kindness.

3. Model self-care for your students

Care for your students by caring for yourself. Yes, that includes taking sick days.

4. Log off

One of the unintended consequences of technology and social media are the dueling needs to be constantly and deeply informed about what’s going on — in the world, in your state, in education — while being completely overwhelmed by the volume of updates.

 

self-care for educators

One internet minute, by the numbers. By twitter users @LoriLewis and @OfficiallyChadd

It’s okay to log off. And it’s okay to turn off notifications on your phone. It’s okay, we promise. For better or worse, it will all still be here when you get back.

The self-care #vted twitter chat

#VTed educators had lots to say on the subject of self-care. And we want to thank everyone who took time out of their Thursday evenings to share how they’re staying well and showing up whole for their students. Check out Jeanie Phillips’ Storify of the chat¬†for a recap.

What are your tips for practicing self-care as an educator?

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Audrey Homan is a Vermont-based digital media producer, and producer of The 21st Century Classroom podcast. She's worked in non-profit communications for more than a decade, and in her spare time writes tiny video games and mucks about with augmented reality and arduinos, ably assisted by six dogs. Interviewing students and yelling in PHP are the best parts of her job.

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