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Caring for Ourselves, So That We Can Care for Others

by Jamie Bonczyk
July/August 2016
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Take care of yourself. Your students need you to do this. Put on your oxygen mask first so your teaching can be a gift of yourself to your students. They need your mind, body, and soul to be nurtured. You can’t give to them what you don’t have.

Lauren Quinn, teacher and author, in the post “Dear Teachers, It’s Time to Reset,” from the blog Proceed Lightly

I agree! Having a self-care plan is critical for all early childhood professionals. Self-care helps us reduce stress and improves the quality of our lives. These plans help us tap into our inner resources to build resilience, to practice adaptability, and to create positive change. If we want to not only maintain but also grow our stamina for this field, we must take care of ourselves. 

Self-care is the practice of intentionally working to create or maintain a healthy and vibrant life. Creating a plan for self-care helps you develop habits or behaviors that keep you refreshed. Self-care plans also help

 you restore areas of your life that may feel depleted at the end of the day, week, or month. 

Personal care is important for everyone, especially for those working with vulnerable children and under-resourced families. Without attention ...

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