Working with young children is the best job there is (in my opinion)! It is also THE. HARDEST. JOB. In order to be at our best, we have got to take care of ourselves. I just made a major transition in my life, and it has caused me to pause and evaluate my work, my family, my values, and how I spend my time.
Here are some of my insights that I hope will support a happy, health you:
- Our health is paramount: our bodies respond to stress in a variety of ways, and chronic stress puts such a strain on all of our systems. Consider ways to reduce your stress, and if there is chronic stress, make a change to eliminate that stressor.
- Working with kids requires strength, stamina and passion (both mentally and physically). If you are lacking in one of these areas, consider what you can do to build it up or make a change.
- If your personal life is in turmoil, it is natural to bring that into our work. Find a way to “tame the toil”. Our littles did not create our personal turmoil.
- Create “brain space” to appreciate the wonderful things that are happening in our life. Take 30 minutes for yourself each day – read, take a bath, take a nap, do yoga, exercise, etc. This generates space in your brain to appreciate what you have.
- Take time to care for others in your family. By caring for others, you naturally feel good about yourself, which carries into our work.
- Live in the moment. We have to plan, and we have to learn from the past, but if we spend too much time in the past or future, we miss out on what is happening now.
- Exercise! Find something you enjoy doing and a time that will not be interrupted. Exercise is a natural stress reducer!
- Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and smile.
- Place boundaries around social media. Eliminate people who post things that do not make you smile; know that what is “social media” worthy is not always real life; limit your time on it – too much time takes us away from our reality.
- Be available for our loved ones. They need us and we need them.
I want you to be the best teacher of our youngest learners that you can be. Hopefully something resonated with you and you will make a change to live a healthier, happier life. This benefits you and our littles!