Top 3 self-care tips for teachers

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Teaching is a stressful profession. So it’s important we look after ourselves, and be in the best possible physical and mental shape to take care of our students. As the saying goes – you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to relax. This ancient form of exercise focuses on strength, flexibility, and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and is now commonplace around the world in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries. There is a great selection of yoga classes available online so you don’t even have to leave your own home.

Meditation

Meditation can go hand-in-hand with yoga.  Sitting in a quiet place for a few minutes each morning can have huge benefits on your day.  There is no right or wrong way to meditate.  It is a personal practice that you can make your own. Check out the Headspace app for accessible, guided meditation for beginners.

Time with Friends

Find your tribe and absorb their positive energy. Make sure to surround yourself with friends who lift you up and are willing to listen. If someone exudes negative energy, you don’t need them in your life. It can be hard to say good-bye to these friends, especially if they have been in your life for a long time.  As we grow older, we may need different things from our closest friends and we want people around us who make us feel good about ourselves. Connect with like-minded teachers on teaglo.

There are many ways to practice self-care and make it a regular part of your week. As teachers, we must make time for the things that make us feel energized, happy and complete.  I hope you’ll feel inspired to try some of these tips or to seek out other ways to relax and recharge. Find what works for you, and fill that cup.

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About the author

Kim LaCosteKim is a kindergarten teacher, blogger and mom and has worked with children of all ages for over 30 years. She is a lifelong learner and loves to share teacher-friendly ideas with colleagues. Kim loves yoga and pilates and believes that self-care is one of the most important things in a teacher’s life.

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