Purposefully shaping our mindset to best serve our students!
April 20, 2020
The above quote is always essential for educators, but in our current situation of working virtually, it is more important than ever that we internalize it. How focused have you been on your personal well-being?
COVID-19 should serve as a reminder to all that health is wealth, and it is a wake-up call to prioritize our personal well-being.
There are so many factors to consider, and we can all quickly become overwhelmed by trying to tackle every issue at once. Instead, if you have not been prioritizing your wellness, take it slow, pick a few factors to focus on, and take steps towards making your well-being a priority.
Some wellness factors to focus on are:
- Exercise: Are exercise and movement incorporated into your daily and weekly plans? How do you define success in this area?
- Sleep: How many hours of sleep do you typically get? What time are you going to sleep and waking up? What is your routine before going to bed?
- Food: Do you plan your meals ahead of time? Are your meals balanced? What are your readily available snack options?
- Routines: What does an ideal day or week look like for you? Are you developing a schedule or routine (even though children, spouses, work, the weather, and more may throw that plan off)?
- Relationships: Are you communicating your feelings, opinions, joys... and annoyances openly (and lovingly) with others in your home? Are you maintaining (or re-establishing) connections to friends and family?
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Connecting With Others
In addition to other mindset topics, I will focus on one of the above wellness factors each week through the remainder of the school year. I encourage you to begin researching and connecting with others around the factors that are most important for you to improve now.
Wellness is not going to just happen to or for us; we must make personal well-being a significant part of our mindset. By connecting with others, it is possible to share ideas, motivate each other, and hold each other accountable.
I have found the Fit Leaders Twitter account to be a great accountability and idea resource. I highly recommend it to others. Click the link below to follow the account and join a community of educators and leaders dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.