We’ve all been there…It’s Hard to Say No!
During the school year, we are busy…so very busy! And at times we find ourselves asked to spend additional time helping others at school, or take on additional responsibilities that push us to the limit. This post is about Saying no to the theft of our time, our most precious commodity.
What are the pitfalls of NOT Saying NO?
I’ll admit, during my first twenty years of teaching, I voluntarily took on extra jobs at school because I wanted to be seen as a serious teacher who could do all the things. My family thrived because I still worked hard to meet their needs. Life was good…for EVERYONE but ME. After a few months into the year, I would begin to feel the fatigue of trying to do it all. I didn’t take time for myself. Something had to change!
How do you do it?
When I realized my status in my district would not change if air started taking care of myself, it happened! Little by little, I stopped making the team newsletter or snack calendar every month. I stopped volunteering to do more than my share. There were newer teachers who actually needed the experience! Gradually, I began to take a moment for me. I enjoyed closing the door during planning just to put up my feet. I enjoyed the quiet of a usually noisy classroom. And when I got home each day, I took 30 minutes to unwind.
It was equally important to have a good vent with a friend, occasionally. Sometimes we just need a friend with a good ear.
I made it a goal to finish lesson plans in advance of the weekend, and I did! Did it impact my students? Yes! They benefitted from having a happier, more energized teacher! Why on earth didn’t I do this sooner!
You may say there are jobs you just can’t say no to, and this is true. But if you look at the overall picture, there are moments you can steal for yourself. Your overall health depends on taking care of you first! If you are just starting your career, begin a regular self care routine now!
Need some ideas?
What do I keep in my desk?
Over the years I have added things from chocolate covered coffee beans to herbal tea bags, chocolate truffles and bars to fruit rollups and fresh fruit. Trail mix with nuts and chocolate is a favorite too! Those afternoons can be really long at school unless you have a small snack to renew your energy. And who doesn’t like snacks? My favorite lunch at school is homemade soup from my own kitchen
How do YOU plan to take care of you? Share your plans in the comments. Readers would love to have some new ideas!
Have a wonderful school year!
Other resources for ideas
Here is a great pin with lots of ideas for relaxing! There are tons of pin boards dedicated to pampering yourself. Indulge yourself! You’ll see something that works for you.
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