Monday, March 26, 2012

Self-Care for Teachers, Parents and Professionals

Dear Friends,
     As the year goes on, we may find ourselves feeling tired, or having less energy.  Knowing some simple things that you can do for self-care can be a great help.  Just taking a moment or two to engage in some strategies that energize and revitalize you can be a great help.  Here are just a few things to try:

-Take time to self-assess.  Take time each day to be still and to notice what it is that you need.  Take time to notice the state of your mind, body, and spirit and note what your body is asking from you.

-Take time to breathe or just take simple breaks throughout the day.  Simple things like sitting up straight, taking a long inhale and exhale, sipping water or walking can offer relaxation.  Taking time to think of something positive or to say something positive to yourself offer moments of inspiration and a positive lift.

-Know your triggers for stress.  Take time to understand and buffer yourself from triggers ("buttons") that can make you feel stressed.  Plan ways to deal with the stress that comes from these triggers and give yourself time.

-Set healthy boundaries for yourself.  Give yourself permission to say "no" when you need to.  This will help you and everyone in the long run too.

Be good to yourself,
Kimberly Borin
Learning Specialist