Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pause and the Power of Self-Care

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Pause and the Power of Self-Care

At our professional development day last Friday I heard a speaker that made me PAUSE (my one little word) and think about the power of self-care.  Every employee in the district listened attentively to a presenter share on growth mindset.  Interestingly, her focus wasn't on growth mindset for the students rather it was on attending to our mindset first.  Her words "You can't give what you don't have" still ring in my ears.  If I am empty and negative chances are those vibes will trickle into my teaching and thus into my students.  

So today I am taking the words to heart and making sure my well is filled on a regular basis.


By ...

  • planning more time to laugh and have fun with family and friends
  • scheduling in regular exercise
  • adding more prayer time to my day
  • PAUSING to see the positive around me
  • reading for pleasure

It will take work to follow through on these promises but knowing that I have written these words down makes me accountable to others.  I know the effort will be worthwhile!


  1. "You can't give what you don't have." Those words tuck with me today too. I know many times I do not pause as I should. My wish for you today is that you find time to pause so you can give what you have.

  2. This comment...so powerful, "You can't give what you don't have". So true as well. I would love to have a presenter come and present directly to us, as adults. We have such a demanding profession. One that digs at our soul and can bring us to our knees (both in happiness and in sadness). Pausing to take care of ourselves is so important. Having that positive mindset can go so far. I hope in your "Pause" today, you find what you have to give. Cheers.

  3. Those sound like great goals! A few years ago I made a goal to read for pleasure every day for 30 days and to sit with no agenda for 30 minutes every day. It was so helpful to see everything got done and I had more to give. Enjoy!

  4. What a great list. You're inspiring me to look a little more closely at my own, and inspiring me to write it down. I tend to make a mental list and take pleasure enough in the list that I forget to do the things on the list! Thanks.