Self-Care Practices for Educators

By Diane Harrison

Feeling your best can be a challenge. Many educators find themselves with a tight schedule and shifting responsibilities that leave little room for self-care, but fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to boost your overall well-being. You’ll find some great tips at Team Embrace, which promotes a positive conversation around the subject of mental health.

From taking care of your mind and body to doing something just for yourself, here are some additional ideas on how to be the best you can be in all facets of life.

Make your diet work for you

Many teachers find it difficult to eat healthy when their days are so busy, eating rushed lunches and snacks from the vending machines at school, but your diet can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. Make it easier to eat well by packing protein-heavy snacks that can be kept at your desk, or in a bag that you can take with you to practice a sport or your new hobby. Try simple meal prep on Sunday nights so you can cook up healthy lunches for the entire week and freeze them until you need them. Utilize a slow cooker for nutritious dinners so you’ll have a healthy meal ready when you get home after a long day; this will cut down on fast-food stops and will allow you more control over your eating habits.

Try something new

Another easy way to change things up is by trying something new, such as a hobby or sport. If you’re already involved in a team sport as a coach, consider branching out to something different just for fun: music? theater? gardening? Teachers can benefit from trying a hobby they enjoy that can be done during breaks at school, such as making art, crocheting, or writing. These activities can be hugely beneficial for your mental health by reducing stress and providing an outlet for anxiety or frustration.

Set some limits

Long days at school also mean educators often bring homework with them, which cuts into their free time even more. Set some limits on how much work you do at home by getting organized at school and streamlining your schedule. When there is no clear delineation between work time and free time, your mental health will almost always suffer.

As often as possible, set aside your phone once you get home and unplug for a while. Don’t answer emails or work-related calls unless they’re emergencies, and look for ways you can relax before bed to get a beneficial night’s sleep, such as reading or taking a hot shower. After all, sleep and mental health are directly related.

Find community

Look for support from your fellow educators – you’re not alone! And remember to EMBRACE the conversation about mental health so that everyone can benefit. We are stronger together

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