The choice to become an Early Childhood Educator may have had a great deal to do with your personality type. Let's face it, most of us derive personal satisfaction from caring for others and giving of ourselves to make the lives of others better. Most of us finish our work day and then have people at home that need us. Even if we live alone there are still bills to pay, housework to do, and family commitments.

What we do is essential, professional and honorable. But who cares for those that care for others?

Which brings me to this month's blog post; what are you doing to take care of you?

Your mental, physical and emotional well being must be tended to for you to remain in top notch form throughout your career.

Here are some suggestions that can positively impact your life immediately!

  • Set daily goals, not just for work, but for yourself. Prioritize the items that are essential and important for your well being.
  • Eat well and eat food that you enjoy. Try avoiding packaged food, and make sure to sit down and appreciate at least one meal each day.
  • Move your body in a way that brings you joy. Walking in nature, taking a dance class or hitting the gym with friends will not only build your physical strength, but also your emotional resilience.
  • Make sure to take your breaks whenever possible. Leaving the work environment is an opportunity to relax and return to work refreshed.
  • Make time for hobbies and other things that interest you. It's not selfish to book personal time into your daily schedule.
  • Build your mindfulness— perhaps practicing yoga or learning to meditate.
  • Get the sleep you need. Some of us require a solid 8 hours, and others need less. Figure out what your personal sleep needs are and make sure that you meet them every day.
  • Build your tribe. This can be a group of friends or colleagues that have a positive outlook on life. Surround yourself with people who make you feel great about yourself and who support you.

When you give yourself the gift of joy and good health, you are better able to care for others. Our children and their families depend on it.

Until next time.

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