I am still a new teacher . . . except that this is a 2nd career so I am a new teacher who is 44 years old. I think that makes it easier for me to recognize that I must take care of myself in order to survive this career. Teaching is the kind of career that will eat up all of you if you let it. I am the kind of person who dives in and lets things take over my life. I am consciously not doing that with teaching. When I was teaching and going to school full-time, I was unable to do this well. Both areas took over my life and I was simply lucky that I had a husband who stepped up.
But, this is my career now and it can’t be my whole life. I have children who need my focus. I have a husband who deserves my attention. I have a house and garden that just won’t tend themselves. And, I have a me who deserves time and attention as well.
So, I took time yesterday to do laundry for my family, to go grocery shopping for my family, and to do dishes for my family (and my sanity!). But, I also took time for me yesterday. I had a manicure and pedicure. I had little bitty crystals imbedded in the nailpolish — the manicurist called them “diamonds” 🙂 — and I smile everytime I see them. I got my hair cut. I took some time to take care of me.
Even if I didn’t have the family that needs my attention and the house and the garden and . . . all that other stuff. If I were a young, single woman, I would still need to take care of myself in the process of preparing for a new school year. I deserve it and I’ll be a better teacher for doing it.
What have you done for yourself at this frantic “getting ready for school” time of year?