As winter break approaches, instead of lesson planning I am planning out how I will take care of myself during the time off. Gosh that sounds selfish, but hear me out! We cannot take care of others until we take care of ourselves.
On Rachel Hollis’ Rise Podcast, she spoke about imagining yourself as a glass vase on a table. Under the table are glasses representing your loved ones. If you continue to keep tipping over what will happen? You’ll break! Now, imagine if instead you stood tall and proud, and you just continued to fill it. Eventually, your vase would overflow into those under you and it would fill them as well. Again, we cannot take care of others until we take care of ourselves.
Here are 10 ways to take care of yourself this break, so that you can take care of others:
Do an activity by yourself!
I never, ever get time to myself. I am married with two kids and I am constantly needed. I actually took a half day off this past semester just to be alone. It is so important to spend time alone and reflect on YOU! My favorite thing to do alone is shop, but do whatever makes your heart happy. A few ideas are go on a walk, read a book at a coffee shop, get a pedicure, or go to a museum.
Have a girl’s night!
It is so important to spend time with friends, without your significant other and/or your kids. I used to take girl’s nights for granted, and now I crave a night out with friends. It does not have to be elaborate or expensive, there are so many things you can do:
- Dinner or Drinks or Both
- Escape Room
- Driving Ranges (who cares if no one is good at it)
- Game Night (Pokeno is really fun with a big group)
Learn Something New that has nothing to do with your job!
I think this one is especially fun! Have you ever wanted to learn a new recipe, learn a language, learn a new way to do your makeup, or learn a new hairstyle? Now is the time to do it! Pinterest and Google will be your best friend for this one. Just pick one thing, and it doesn’t have to be one that will take up much of your time. Our brains need to be challenged even when we aren’t working.
Get Outside Once a Day!
I know the weather can be terrible, but it is so important to get out of the house and into the fresh air. Go outside even if it is just going to the mailbox. The change of scenery will do you some good when you get a little stir crazy.
Finish a Book or a Magazine
I have so many magazine subscriptions and I never get around to reading them. During the break, it is my goal to read some of the magazines all the way to the end! Not a magazine person? Grab a new book and stay up late reading it, you deserve it!
Take a bath!
I feel like showering is a chore, but a bath is a luxury! Clean out all of the kid toys, grab a glass of wine, and buy a bath bomb. I suggest doing this after the kids go to bed so you aren’t hearing yelling while you are trying to relax.
Buy One New Clothing Item for Yourself!
I don’t care if you buy yourself a new bra or pair of panties. Buy something for you that makes you feel pretty. Buy something for yourself that makes you feel confident. For some of us, it can be hard to spend money on ourselves, but girl you are worth it!
Have a Cheat Day of Your Favorite Food!
About 6 months ago we decided to change our eating habits, but we always agreed on having a cheat day. For this cheat day, pick your biggest craving and enjoy! Don’t think about what your husband or kids want to eat, what do YOU want to eat? Enjoy is with your favorite glass ,or bottle, of wine.
Yes these are all supposed to be strategies to fill up your cup, and let’s be honest, the best way to fill your cup is by filling someone else’s. Many of the food panties may already be booked for volunteers, but you can always check with local animal shelters to see if they need volunteers. Some other ideas are watching your friend’s kids so they can have a date night, shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk, or scrape the snow off your neighbor’s car.
Get Some Rest!
You have worked hard all semester long, and it’s time for rest. Take a nap, sleep in, or go to bed early. There are so many activities going on during the holiday season, you need to make plans for rest every day! Watch a Hallmark movie or binge watch a show. Whatever you choose to do, plan for times of rest. If you don’t plan for it, you won’t do it.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday and you find time to take care of you! Your loved ones and most importantly yourself, will thank you!
-Teachers on the Block