It’s that time of the year when many of us are beginning to feel the “back to school” feelings. Excitement, motivation, optimism, fear, anxiety, worry….these are all common feelings for us and there is nothing wrong with any of them. A lot of our emotions may not even relate to school itself, but may be things like leaving a child for the first time. Or maybe you are thinking about balancing home and school. Maybe you have a health concern that is taking some of your energy. No matter where we each might be right now, I think it is important that we embrace that place and prioritize ourselves as we gear up for the new school year. Of course, there are the basics..
But I wanted create a way for all of us to develop a collection of resources that extend beyond the basics. For example, I make use of an App or two that I find really helpful. A friend of mine uses journals. Another friend engages in faith based activities. A quick check on Twitter and I found this awesome idea — The Emergency Self-Care Kit!
Wouldn’t it be great if we could collect these ideas, organize them, and encourage one another to try out a few of these ideas as a way of prioritizing and caring for ourselves! I think the other benefit of this would be that we could form encouragement and accountability partnerships!
To get this started, I created a Padlet and posted a few ideas. On our Padlet, you can add your own self-care ideas to share with others and also read the ideas from your colleagues. You can share links, videos, text, and even podcasts. Please think outside the box! Below I will share the Padlet and I hope you will check out the ideas and add your own to the collection. Just click the + sign to add, and you can also view the other entries. I have never embedded a Padlet, so I’m not sure how user friendly it is. So in case you would rather access the padlet from a link, you can just click here. Together we can all encourage one another to care for ourselves as we prepare for the new school year ahead!