Teachers are educational rock stars. Let's face it: They work hard to hold the attention of a distracted, squirrelly crowd. Their name is always shouted, not spoken. They perform live every day, welcoming questions and conversation. And they continually strive to impact students to be anything they want to be with a sense of humility and grace. If you haven't thanked a teacher lately - you need to.
Teaching is an intensive job, and while educators guide our youth to become great, learn value in one's self, they often forget to take care of themselves. Unfortunately, teachers may perceive taking time for them may lead to self-absorption, selfishness, or distract them from a task at hand that may [seem] to be more important. We're here to let you in on a little secret: Self-care is not selfish. It's the age 'ole saying, " If you can't take care of you, how do you expect to take care of anyone else?'
Practicing self-care is crucial. When you learn tools to acknowledge where self-care needs to be implemented in your life, it's not only impacting your well-being but it will trickle down to everyone in your classroom. Self-care is all about taking care of your health and making sure you have everything you need to thrive as a teacher. Without it, you'll lack self-awareness and the energy to be that rock star teacher we all know you are.
So, where do you start and how do you bring it into your daily life as well as into your classroom?
At Green Shoe, we recognize the impacts of what it is like to be a codependent. For example: People in caregiving positions like teachers often find it easier to tell others to take care of their health than to do so themselves. Because educators are encouraged to focus so much energy on others and so little on themselves, self-care is necessary for teachers to maintain good mental health. In particular, self-care can be a great way to prevent or treat teacher stress. When left unchecked, teacher stress can lead to burnout and contribute to the high turnover rate in education. But self-care can turn this around and help keep teachers from getting burned out. This means that self-care isn’t just a good personal habit, but it’s in your students’ and colleagues’ best interest, too.
The benefits of acknowledging self-awareness, personal growth, self-actualization, personal and professional success in forming and maintaining healthy relationships is where Green Shoe comes in. We work with individuals to raise awareness of how past family roles and family systems influence your current behaviors and relationships. You will learn how to identify the childhood roots of your adult behaviors. You will understand how your core issues, secondary symptoms, and relational problems were set up in childhood, therefore, leading to codependence in adulthood. All individuals, no matter their strengths and their weaknesses embody those two characteristics. You will come to understand how the relational problems you experienced in childhood set up your codependence in adulthood.
Our retreat will not only give you a sense of self-compassion, but it will teach you to create healthy self-care, to live with balance, moderation, and maturity, but also keep you at the top of your game and ready to handle any challenges. Self-care is so much more than breakfast in bed or treating yourself to a spa day. It’s about taking care of your health so that you’re prepared to be the best teacher you can be for yourself and your students.
We invite you to learn more about the benefits of our 5-day self-care retreat, ask questions, and let's start the conversation about self-care and the importance of mental health.