Give Yourself Permission – It’s All About YOU

Give yourself permission

 

I know you’re passionate about what you do. And I’m going to bet that sometimes you overdo it. If so, you’re in good company here!

Be Cognizant of the Propensity to Overdo It

When I’ve overdone it, my body tells me. I physically hit a wall, and I have to stop (You know the migraines I’m talking about, right?)

Because it’s July, I’m already thinking about the school year ahead. I bet you have those whispers too. Wondering what day you’ll start getting your room ready. Who will your kids be? How will you hook them on day one? But it’s also important to be thinking about yourself. What will you do to avoid hitting the wall, even in the busiest times, this year? If you don’t, you’ll be no good to anyone.

Give Yourself Permission

This topic has been on my mind a lot this summer. As I stretch myself to do new things, I’m cognizant of the propensity to overdo it. So I tried to think of advice I’d give to new teachers. Those who have yet to go through the full cycle of the year. The most important step I realized, is to give yourself permission. Permission to step away, re-group, and rejuvenate so you can come back fresh and full of joy for those you serve.

Listen Deeply

I hope you’ll take a moment to ponder this. To listen deeply to what it is you’d like to give yourself permission for. What will be your buoy in the coming year? Please share it in the comments. Who knows how many people you’ll touch by sharing your wisdom!

For concrete tips on how to create time for yourself see my guest post on TeacherPop, Teach for America’s blog, 9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher“.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Give Yourself Permission – It’s All About YOU

  1. For me, the best metaphor has always been the airline image – put on your oxygen mask before your child’s…we must take care of ourselves if we expect to do our best for our students. Good thing to be thinking about during the summer, as we prepare for year ahead! Thanks for this!

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  2. What wise advice! “… give yourself permission. Permission to step away, re-group, and rejuvenate so you can come back fresh and full of joy for those you serve.”
    So thankful for summer break.

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  3. An important post. In today’s high stress teaching environment, where applications to teacher training programs are plummeting while teacher shortages are rising, conversations about teacher well-being are needed. As a teacher on a 12 month, year-around teaching contract, I have experience how difficult it can be not to have opportunities to recharge.

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  4. So much of this resonated with me. I don’t think I’ve been able to fully unwind in the month since school ended, and with August around the corner, I feel even more of the pressure to do things to prepare. It’s so hard to turn your teacher brain off. I agree with you that it’s important to take time out for ourselves. My problem is that I enjoy the creativity of planning for lessons and curriculum and I allow myself to get carried away. It’s funny because as I write this, I’m thinking of my mom. When we were growing up, she could never just sit still with us to relax, watch tv, etc. She was always in the kitchen making meals for the week, month, etc. She was always doing something. I wonder now if that how my boys see me… hmmm… All that said, I will say that I did finally get into a good book groove, so I guess that’s something!

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    • Tricia – This is so thoughtful. My son told me today that I don’t sit and relax with them! I do think it’s important that our passions don’t become drudgery or anxiety provoking. That we know how to take a break when that begins to happen. And good for you for taking in the pleasure of a good book!

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  5. What wonderful advice. Having just started writing a blog I’m wondering if I’ll be able to keep up with it once school starts again. Your post is going to remind me that there are going to be times that it’s necessary to take a break and that it’s okay.

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    • Lisa – Yes! Starting a blog is so gratifying. And it seems to take an infinite amount of time. You’re right that it’s OK to take a break, even from things you love. It’s probably the hardest and the healthiest thing to do for ourselves. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

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