Teachers are always on the go, and this isn’t something that is obvious to others that are not in the profession. I didn’t realize the extent of it until I was in it. It is also very hard to be vulnerable in this profession. Every day, you need to be in your classroom with your game face on; you need to be the sunshine in your students’ day. This can take a toll on teachers, especially when stress begins to catch up to them. You need to go in everyday with a smile on, even when you don’t truly feel that way. Teachers really are superheroes when you put it into perspective. I have previously written a blog on self-care for teachers, but that was when I didn’t actually understand what it was like to be in over your head with responsibilities. So, this is the updated version of teacher self-care tips, with realness behind it.
I encourage all teachers to participate in my #SelfCareTeacherChallenge. Pick a day, two days, whatever it is you need during the month of January, and do something for YOU. Post it on Twitter, on Instagram; anywhere. Let’s end the stigma about mental health, and idea that we cannot show vulnerability, need to constantly be in work-mode, and the belief that we don’t need a break. Show your self-care participation, and the wonders it can do.