Self-care can be an afterthought when we spend the majority of our day someplace other than home. It’s impossible to sneak out between lessons for a hot stone massage and it’s not likely that there will be a quiet moment to escape in the middle of the cafeteria. That doesn’t mean that self-care is impossible during the day, though; with a little bit of planning, even a classroom can be a haven…for a few minutes at least!
A few of my favorite ways to take a mini-break during the day:
*Stock your desk with good-for-you treats. Tea, chocolate, high protein snacks like nuts or KIND bars, and hot chocolate packets are shelf-stable and easy to stash for an anytime-of-day treat.
*Doodle. Keep a pen and blank notepad stashed in your drawer and let your mind wander.
*Do yoga without leaving your desk
*Keep a folder or large envelope filled with happiness. Include sweet notes from your students, printed emails from grateful parents, snapshots of giggling kids at class parties. Include anything that makes you smile, and flip through it whenever you wonder whether or not what you’re doing matters.
*Keep a journal. No, not a diary; a simple, one-entry-per-day journal of something you’re grateful for in your classroom. Writing it down doesn’t just help us be in the moment and keep us in a positive frame of mind; it gives us something to remind us of why we keep going on days we feel that we can’t.
What are your secret happiness habits? We’d love to hear how you take care of yourself even when you’re always busy taking care of everyone else! Share your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.