Self-care: Let's do this!

Hello edgumagicians and welcome back to another episode of the edumagic podcast. My name is Dr. Sam Fecich and I'm really excited to be with you today because today we're going to be talking about the importance of self-care. This is a topic I wish that I knew more about as a future teacher and as a new teacher.

As educators of excellence, we have to pour into ourselves first, then we can pour into others. So let's break it down. We know that self-care isn't selfish, and we've seen that phrase all over social media. But what does self-care really mean to us as teachers?

Self-care is not putting our students off to the side or delaying what we need to do.

It is taking care of ourselves first so we can give to others and be the best teacher that we truly can be.

Join me on Twitter for the #pretchat at 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, Sept 3, 2020, to participate in a Twitter chat all about self-care!

We know we gotta take care of ourselves and it really does help us to be better educators. When we can take care of ourselves and then we can give to others. We know that phrase, "You can't pour from an empty cup" and that's so true. We have to fill ourselves and take care of ourselves. Then we can take care of others. As teachers were givers were helpers and we need to be able to help ourselves first. When you're on an airplane, you have to put on your own oxygen mask first before you assist others.

This episode is all about putting on your own oxygen mask first and then assisting others. So let me share a little bit about what self-care means to me and a little bit about my own self-care journey. So just recently I'd say in the past year I've really been starting to put myself first and it's been very difficult because I feel like there's always stuff on my list to do. I could be doing this, I could be doing that an. Instead, I choose to take care of myself, and while I'm taking care of myself, I try to block out all of those other distractions or negative self-talk. So some things, some ways that I like to take care of myself are getting out into nature and taking walks or spending time with family and loved ones.

I think it's really important as teachers, that we set boundaries, that we put time on our calendar to take care of us. I'm sure we all have To-Do List or things we need to get done. I encourage you to put things on your list where you're taking the time to take care of you. So schedule in 1/2 hour or 15 minutes, whatever it might be during the day. Carve out that time to take care of you. Just find something that you're able to do that takes care of you that it gives you joy.

There's a great article by ASCD called 5 strategies for teacher self-care and it's written by Jon Harper, he shares:

Trim your list.
  • So remember, we talked about our To-Do List and maybe we don't get everything done, so he recommends you know making a list of prioritizing those.

  • I agree with that 100% in the edumagic planner. That's exactly what we have, so we have space for you to dump all of your strategies.

  • Everything you're thinking of ideas, things you need to get done. Dump it all your page and then pick three that you really need to get done.

  • Prioritize that list and pick two or three things to get done, and those are the two or three things that you focus on.

  • There's also a saying that's called, "eat the frog". Have you ever heard of that? It's about doing the hardest thing first. That thing that you really don't wanna do. You gotta do it first so it gets done. We gotta get that hard thing done. It gets us over the hump and then it start working through the rest of our list.

Allow yourself to stop
  • So I think that's really important to set boundaries for ourselves.

  • So cut out time in your schedule in your calendar to focus on different projects, different assignments, planning, whatever it might be so you're able to focus in and give yourself time to stop and start a project.

Reach out to experts
  • So as teachers we are collaborators, it really does take a team to raise each other up to raise up students.

  • We need to reach out to our professional learning networks, reach out to our colleagues, and find support within them.

  • Ask for help when you need it.

I want you to think about what does self-care look like for you?
  • Reading a book

  • Working out

  • Taking a walk

  • Taking an extra long bath with lots of bubbles

  • Cooking a great meal

  • Gardening

  • Writing

  • Journaling

  • Prayer

  • Watching your favorite series

  • Spending time with family and friends

  • Getting out into nature

There's so much out there that you can do to take care of you. I encourage you to try out some different things and find what works best. Lastly, it's also important that we hold each other accountable I encourage you to plan out some self-care activities, morning, noon, and night. Check in to see how you did with taking care of yourself for that day.

Prioritize self-care and really make ourselves accountable for taking care of us. Alright, friends, self-care is not selfish. Get out there, take care of you. Share out how you are taking care of you on social media with #edumagic, and tag me @Sfecich, I want to see how you're taking care of you.

Until next time friends, you have the edumagic in YOU!
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