Day 2: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

In the second day of our series, ” What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?, we focus on the letter E.

As a RenewED Teacher, we always want to:

EXERCISE OUR MINDS, BODIES AND SOULS

Exercise is an important part of self-care. According to GoodTherapy.org, “The term self-Day 2.jpgcare describes the actions that an individual might take in order to reach optimal physical and mental health… Self-care can also refer to activities that an individual engages in to relax or attain emotional well-being.”

In the field of education, the rewards are high, but it comes at an expensive cost, and I don’t mean student loans, even though it’s true for many of us. What I do mean is the rewards in teaching often come at the expense of our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Therefore, it is wise for us to dedicate time for self-care as renewed teachers.  

Self-Care of the MIND

Exercising the mind, to me, is usually reading a funny or thought-provoking book or having a stimulating conversation. In the Facebook Group, Teacher Book Club, we are currently reading, “Lost at School.” We are exercising our minds. Sometimes exercising my mind means doing absolutely nothing. Remember that song by Bruno Mars? “Today I don’t feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed. Don’t feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at tone. ‘Cause today, I don’t feel like doing anything. Nothing at all.” Yep, sometimes we need one of these days to maintain our sanity.

Self-Care of the BODY

In my world, exercising the body means eating healthy and working out in any capacity. It works for me mentally and physically. I workout on average 3 times a week. This helps me look and feel good. I enjoy being out in the sunshine, getting massages, and sometimes soaking in a bath. I also do my best to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Beauty sleep is a real thing, y’all!

Self-Care of the SOUL

Exercising my soul requires that I do things intentionally for your mental/emotional state and the amounts of joy and pain I choose to feel throughout my daily life activities. Notice that I said, “choose to feel.” I choose daily not to let things I have no control over bother me at home, work, or anywhere in between. It is never easy, but it is always worth it. Laughing and turning life’s little annoyances or inconveniences into jokes makes life slightly more enjoyable. Both reading and being physically active add to exercising my soul. Not everyone believes in the power of prayer. I will tell you this, the next time you and your significant other get into a heated discussion, stop before it get’s out of control, and ask if you can pray. I willing to bet it works!

Let’s share! Whether you are a teacher or not, what are some self-care habits you live by? Drop your tips, thoughts, and ideas in the comments! I look forward to hearing from you all!

Remember, as we learn and grow together, we have to not only take care of each other and our students, we have to check in and take care of ourselves or we will be ineffective for everyone in all that we do, and we can start by exercising our minds, bodies, and souls.

Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith

These resources have helped me become more mindful about practicing self-care habits. 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Day 2: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

  1. Absolutely!!!!! You cannot give the best of you if you aren’t RESTED!!! When I get overwhelmed i think about the time I was floating in the Atlantic ocean with the sky as the only thing before me. It immediately calms me and brings me a peace that nothing else can.

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  2. This is great information. I especially love “beauty sleep is a real thing, y’all!” and also that you included “doing absolutely nothing” in your list of ways to exercise the mind. I would add a little bit to the first section, where you talk about the rewards of teaching. In my experience, it is very easy to miss the small rewards, especially the near-daily ones that come from the almost unconscious exercise of your hard-won skills. Like, the smile of a kid who finally has that “ah-ha” moment you’ve been working toward. We can get so busy that those fleeting moments can shoot right by. Yet, they are the heart of why we do what we do, yes? So I would add the mindfulness skills of noticing and savoring to the list.

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    • Beth, Thank you so much for your comments and feedback! I’m glad you mentioned those small “ah-ha” moments and how they can be overlooked. As you can see, I even overlooked them in my post. Lol! But they do keep the passion alive and us grateful for what we do. As I think about this, I love when I am able to help a student overcome a meltdown or what could potentially become a meltdown; or when a student learns something for the first time even after you have taught 100 times! Lol! I feel humble and blessed in those moments, and I feel they, alone provide a boost of confidence to teachers which is necessary for the mindfulness skills. We have to pay attention and acknowledge those little noticings because they matter too.

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