The school year is in full swing, and as a teacher, there are lessons to plan, assignments to grade, paperwork, and e-mails… lots of e-mails.
If you are anything like me, the plan was for this semester to be different. Who am I kidding, every Sunday the plan is for this week to be different. This will be the week when I get sleep. This will be the week I eat healthy. The week I exercise every day. The week I enjoy time with my friends and family. This will be the week I achieve work-life balance.
Well, spoiler alert, while I have grown leaps and bounds: I’ve yet to have that week. Weeks like that cannot simply be willed into existence. You have to strategize: to make boundaries and stick to them; to let go of perfection; and you have to trust that even if you aren’t running yourself into the ground, you are doing the best you can. More importantly, you have to practice.
How do you take time for yourself when you’re responsible for 20, 30, maybe 40+ children? If there is barely time to sleep, how is there time to meditate or journal or do any of those practices that you know are good for you — that make your list of New Year’s resolutions but never quite become habits?
Start small & celebrate the wins.
You don’t have to revamp your lifestyle overnight. Pick one small practice that resonates with you — something that makes you feel light and happy and try it for a day. And, then two or three. Try it for a week. And, if you miss a day — and this is so important! — forgive yourself and let it go. Progress, not perfection. You can always start again.
Here are three simple shifts to help you move from burnt out to blissed out.
When you take care of yourself first, you are better able to serve others. Memorize it, write it on a post-it, write it on your wall, set it as a reminder on your phone. Question it. But, give it a try. This is the mindset that is going to change your world.
What small thing can you incorporate into your day to show yourself some extra TLC?
Originally published at medium.com