Wellness and Self-Care

"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."  

Eleanor Brownn

What is it?

Self-care can be described as providing sufficient attention to one's own physical and psychological wellness (Beauchamp & Childress, 2001).  Self-care can come in many forms and address many areas of wellness, to include physical wellness and emotional and mental well-being.

Why is it important?

Now more than ever, incorporating Wellness and Self-Care is essential in creating a healthy, productive teaching practice. School environments and teaching as a serving profession present their own set of stressors, but the key to resilience in spite of this lies in daily habits (Aguilar, 2018). Intentionally and regularly engaging in ways to maintain the professional and developing a self-care and wellness action plan can empower educators in preventing burnout and realizing new levels of professional and personal achievement (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2011).

Our Goal:

To improve mastery of rigorous academic standards in mathematics and literacy for students with diverse learning needs, through educating and encouraging teachers in their development of healthy Self-Care and Wellness routines that support their teaching practice. 

Resources:

Importance of Self-Care As a Teacher - neaToday Article

Self-Care Resource Center - American Psychological Association

References:

Aguilar, Elena. (2018) Onward: Cultivating emotional resilience in educators. Jossey-Bass.

Beauchamp, T. L., & Childress, J. F. (2001). Principles of biomedical ethics. Oxford University Press, USA.

Skovholt, Thomas M. & Tratter-Mathison, Michelle. (2011). The resilient practitioner: Burnout prevention and self-care strategies for counselors, therapists, teachers, and health professionals, second edition. New York: Routledge.

Thompson, Lindsay. (January 20, 2019).  Importance of Self-Care As a Teacher. neaToday. Retrieved from http://neatoday.org/new-educators/importance-of-self-care-as-a-teacher/

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