It’s so hard, being in the Education field to remember that you MUST take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. For educators, there’s ALWAYS something we have to do. Whether working on creating for our classrooms, planning, grades, it’s always something. When we get home, that educator mind doesn’t shut off. After a while, things start to pile up in our brains, we start to lose focus, get stressed, and fall apart on Friday afternoons. Even though I say this, most of the time, I don’t do it either. So, I’ve decided, every day after I get home at the end of the day, I’ll set aside an hour to just relax. Then, if I have work to do, I’ll work on it for an hour, then I’ll take another break, finish up my work, and done for the day. I may not always stick to this, but I’m slowly implementing it into my life. On Fridays, after I’ve had a very long week, I also allow myself to buy something frivolous, a “want” not a “need”. It really helps with my mental health.
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