Self-care is the core of the plane safety message: fit your own oxygen mask before helping others.
But it doesn’t just apply when you are flying. In helping professions, self-care is absolutely crucial. Most know that teaching has an extremely high burnout rate and the current attrition time is about 3 – 5 years. The solution to this problem is complicated and multi-faceted but self-care is at the core and that’s where I hope to make a difference to our profession, to our lives and in turn to the lives of our students.
Self-Care is crucial to your success.
Teaching is a profession where the job is never done and if it is, it probably wasn’t good enough (whatever that is!). There are so many negative messages about how teachers aren’t doing enough, and even though intellectually we can detach from those messages, emotionally they still sink in. Many of us are high achievers as well as caring a heck of a lot about our students, and we want nothing more than to do a great job and make an actual difference. But this can be a recipe for burnout if we don’t stop and prioritise our own needs. No use helping everyone else with their oxygen masks and then running out of air ourselves! Self-care matters. It matters A LOT. Sometimes we wait until someone else tells us it’s ok to care for ourselves…
The intention of this movement is to support each other in prioritising self-care to be the best version of ourselves as possible, both as human beings and as teachers in a system that doesn’t do this very well. It is to start and maintain a conversation about how intentional, multi-faceted self-care can transform our lives and the lives of those we live and work with.
Consider this your permission slip…go and look after YOU!