My Self-Care Plan

Why is self-care important?

Burnout is extremely common in education. In 2022, 81% of Canadian teachers said they were putting the needs of their students ahead of their own. In 2018, 30% of Canadian teachers reported leaving the profession within five years of starting it. Self-care strategies have been shown to help prevent burnout and are associated with more positive attitudes to one’s career. In short, more self-care = more career satisfaction = less burnout.

A good self-care plan should include…

  • Consistent behaviours that increase wellbeing
  • Behaviours associate with BOTH physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Behaviours that can be measured, so one can easily tell if they are following their self-care plan

My self-care plan for teaching:

  1. Physical:
    • Exercise 30 minutes each day
    • Go to bed before 1 am every weeknight
  2. Mental:
    • Meditate for 5 minutes every night
    • Meet regularly with my psychologist
  3. Social
    • Have at least 3 conversations with students, unrelated to academics
  4. Emotional
    • Journal every day about one beautiful moment that happened during my day