Teachers are caregivers on so many levels. In addition to teaching curriculum, you are also looking out for your students’ well beings. You often hear how the social-emotional development of your students is important, but if you neglect taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to give your students what they need. You need to find time DAILY for self care, and not just outside of work hours. During the work day it is also very important to incorporate wellness habits.
This planning sheet will give you a starting point. Planning ahead of time when you will take care of yourself will make it more likely to happen. Self care can be something small, like a cup of tea during your prep, healthy snacks, a walk at lunch, or listening to your favorite tunes while you grade papers. Just make sure that these little routines and rituals are tucked in throughout your work day and work week.
Taking care of you will make you more able to take care of your students. Grab this Self Care at Work Planning Sheet and start planning ahead for moments when you can recharge.