On the Bright Side

Taking care of Teachers, Parents, and Students (Volume 4)

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

We've all heard it before. It's based on the idea that when flying, in the event of a loss of pressure, you are to secure your own oxygen mask first so that you can assist those around you. In these trying times, we have to take care of ourselves first before we can be of any help to those around us, whether the others are our students, our colleagues, or our families.

What that means for you as a parent or teacher is that you have to make time for self-care. Self-care, though, isn't all bubble baths and chocolate (although those certainly don't hurt). Instead, self-care is any activity we do to deliberately take care of our mental, physical or emotional health.

Take a few minutes today and this week to take care of yourself in whatever way you need right now. Below, you will find some websites and videos that will give you ideas.

But first...a little humor to make you laugh (which is self care too!).

What (Teachers) really want to say when they are tired of online/remote learning!

If you have 5 minutes...

  • Drink some water
  • Step outside for fresh air
  • Take 5 deep breaths
  • Listen to a song that makes you smile
  • Stretch
  • Read the article below or watch the TED Talk
Learn to shine bright- the importance of self care for teachers. | Kelly Hopkinson | TEDxNorwichED

If you have 15 minutes...

  • Read in a book
  • Write in a journal
  • Go for a walk
  • Prepare a healthy snack
  • Call a friend
  • Send a card or note
  • Take a power nap

If you have an hour...

  • Binge watch a funny show
  • Get a pedicure or massage (once we aren't quarantined!)
  • Try yoga or a new workout
  • Go on a hike
  • Cook a new meal
  • Research something just for fun
  • Connect with someone for coffee (even if you have to Zoom!)
  • Create something with your hands
  • Watch the webinar below

Webinar: Tina Boogren

If you have a little extra time, watch this webinar with Dr. Tina Boogren, author of Take Time for You and 180 Days of Self Care for Educators.
Education Thought Leaders and Innovators Series Presents: Take Time for You