I have worked as a teacher for several years, in the primary, secondary and further education areas. I deeply care about people, and what I see is that our incredible teachers are tired, burnt-out, exhausted, stressed out and many are leaving the profession across the globe, Recent recruitment numbers show there is a significant drop in those applying for the profession, and there have been recent articles in the press about the levels of teacher mental health issues.
I have learnt myself though some very tough periods in my personal life, the most important thing that will truly support me is self-care, and how I look after my body. I thought I self-cared and I did to an extent, but it was more a tick the box exercise, there was no true deep self-love and quality to it. I was also running around making sure everyone else was okay and with this depleting and exhausting my body. And we all know the old saying ' we can't truly care for another if we don't care for ourselves first.'
So over a period of time I have been, and am learning what it truly means to self-care and self-love again, and this isn't some airy fairy thing, believe me I'm a super practical woman, who like things to be very very real. The key in it all, is my body, connecting to my body, listening to my body. It can be as super simple as going to the bathroom when you need, not putting it off till later. For me a huge thing is honouring what I feel, from my body, not from my head, not what I 'should do' or what someone tells me, and believe me this feels amazing and joyful to do, and makes life super simple, consistency is key. Honouring ourselves is empowering. You can feel it in your body.
One of the big things I have learnt is that often when I 'thought' I was too tired to do something - that was in fact not true. For example it could simply be going for a walk, it doesn't have to be a big hike, but a simple ten minute walk daily. This has completely revitalised and re-energised my body. Yes I'm still tired at times, but it's more a physical thing, not the exhaustion that was there before. The truth is walking is actually resting for the body, it's a great way to clear our heads, if we don't walk thinking about things, it's exercise, gets the blood flowing and boosts our metabolism especially if we walk before a meal.
So I have made the commitment to walk for me, 10 minutes a day, no more, no less. Not walking for anyone else, no taking photos, no dogs , listening to music etc, simply walking for me, to build a connection to myself and my body. A great support shared by a dear friend was to connect to my feet when I walk, what do they feel like, feel them, and then my hands, and with this walk, anytime I go into my head, to come back to my feet and start again, and stay open to the what's around me, Very Very simple.
This is helping build a deeper connection to myself so I don't get affected by or react to what's going on around me, if I do, I have a knowing in my body to come back to, 'this is me'.