The Teacher's Take
Teachers aren't the only professionals who neglect self-care. Therapists and doctors see back-to-back clients. Chefs and parents don't get nights, weekends, or holidays off. While the importance of self-care may resonate with people from various walks of life, I'm talking to directly to you, teacher tribe. It's easy for us rationalize skipping self-care. It's easy to say that we'll eat lunch tomorrow or promise ourselves that we'll head to the gym this weekend. But when will we actually follow through? When will we actually put our well-being first?
As a first year teacher, I worked 90 hours a week. I told myself that it would all be worth it, and I rationalized the long hours by saying that there was a steep learning curve. And while that was true, I'm five years into the profession, and I still work about 70 hours a week.
I'm a Southern California teacher who loves the outdoors, weekend DIY projects, gardening, and baking.