This week of distance learning hit me like a brick wall. I’m tired. I’m frustrated. I’m aggravated. Why? I can’t see my students. Their parents have to do what I should be doing! I’m scared about what this reality we live in now means for our future. So, I have made myself learn a new language this week. A language that many of us need to learn and become fluent in – the language of self-love!
What is self-love?
We, especially teachers and especially during this distance learning journey, often put ourselves last. We want to please everyone! Take care of everyone! Excel at all we do! Never complain and be the ones that our families rely on! This is great but we must not forget ourselves. This is easier said than done but it’s something, especially in today’s reality, that we must take seriously.
So what is the language of self-love? It’s the unspoken language that ensures our well-being! It focuses on our physical being, doing things that make us feel better and treating ourselves with things that make us feel better. It also includes doing things we love and – of course – giving yourself pep talks and encouraging yourself.
What are some things we can do for ourselves?
- Go for walks
- Yoga (I love using the yoga chips from Really Good Stuff!)
- Read a book
- Give yourself a facial
- Dance like no one is watching
- Bubble baths
- Watch a movie
- Buy that thing you have been eyeing online
- Keep a journal
- Do daily affirmations
I know it’s hard! I have a hard time speaking this language. It’s foreign to me but I have learned, especially this week, that this is a language I must learn in order to be a better me! I am worth it! You’re worth it! We all are worth it!
Read more teacher tips for distance learning:
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 1
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 2
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 3
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 4
By Cindy Price
Cindy Price is a veteran teacher of 26 years. She has taught kindergarten for 19 years and first grade for seven years. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, but has taught in Florida, Georgia, and now Delaware.