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Let's talk about self-care

We know the summer can be busy, but it's important to take some time for yourself. Following are a few self-care tips to help you reset and get the most out of your summer break.
1) Calm your nervous system

Whether it’s cuddling under a weighted blanket or spending hours staring at the ocean, finding ways to calm your body and let go of the tension you’ve been holding. Do what feels good for your body. For some of us, that’s running. For others, that’s lying in the sun.

2) Give yourself processing time

The school year can be a constant stream of activities and stress. When we’re so “on'' all the time, it can be hard to process what is happening. Today, educators face everything from shrinking school budgets and increasing demands to debates about the pandemic and the risk of gun violence. So, there is likely a lot to unpack after the school year.

As you relax into the slower pace of summer, give yourself time to feel all your feelings. Whether you need to grieve or celebrate, don’t hold back. Whatever feelings you are experiencing, don’t fight them. Explore below to get the last two self-care tips!

3) Tune into what you want

During the school year, we’re constantly tending to other people’s needs—so much so that we can become removed from our desires. Not this summer! Now that you’ve put some work into processing the school year, you can really get clear on what you want.

Some of the best summer self-care for teachers includes thinking hard about what your future holds. What feels like the best next step to you? Do you want to rest and relax? Do you want to make progress towards your goals? Are you ready to leave the classroom? Whatever you want is okay. But to get clear on what you want, you must tune out other voices and influences. Instead, tune into— and trust— your inner voice. Journaling can be a helpful way to channel your innermost desires.

4) Have fun!

One of the most beneficial things you can do with your summer break is have fun. Whether it’s spending time with family, friends or engaging in outdoor activities, sinking into the present moment and fully relaxing will help you prepare and reset for the upcoming school year.