Teaching is a stressful job.
After I had my first two classes of the year, I felt slightly stress. Plans don’t necessarily ever go the way we want them to, but in my heart, I know I did an alright job. Yet I still felt slightly frazzled. Since having burned out once already from teaching, I always make it a point to take care of my mental health.
One good habit for teachers, whether you’re starting off or have been teaching for decades, is to set up is a self-care kit. It remind us all to take care ourselves at the end of the work day. As an educator, I spend a lot of time at school, sometimes on the weekends too, so it’s important to maintain good healthy habits. In my self-care kit, I have a few personal items which I do not share with students:
- Fancy soap to wash my hands
- Barley tea, hot water and a mug – The fragrance of the tea just makes me swoon!
- Blotting papers – For my gross, end-of-day face. I’m pretty sure stress causes my face to become oilier than usual.
- Eye drops for contacts – My eyes can get really dry.
- Lip balm – You might be disgusted to know I have a tin of Burt’s Beeswax that might be more than +10 years old. I’m on a mission to use up all my toiletries and reduce the number of new products that I purchase. After that, I’ll purchase a new product that’s vegan.
The only thing I’m missing right now is a face towel! Even that would be nice!