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Ep 25: Self Care

leadership self care Oct 20, 2019

 Let’s beat the long stretches of the year with a little Self-Care.

Here are the 3 big ideas...

1. The Gift Of Sleep 

Sleep is the foundation of our health. It’s when our brains make connections, solidify memory and our body rejuvenates. The book, Why Sleep Matters by Matthew Walker lays out an excellent case for sleep. 

According to a 2016 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of high school students are getting less than eight hours of sleep on an average school night. We have all seen the effects of sleep loss in the classroom. The first step is to get control of our own sleep. 

Decided on a regular sleep and wake up time. Limit evening screentime and afternoon caffeine intake (both of these John and Luke are terrible at!) But most importantly be a scientist about your sleep. Tinker and find out what combination of habits can get you the rest you need. 

Sleep is the basis for our energy and mood. Guard it thusly. 

2. Time For Fuel

After sleep comes diet. Treat yourself to food that contributes to your energy levels. Educators have long hard days and the last thing you need is your food to slow you down. 

It comes down to planning which is only possible with time. Setting aside the time is step one.

John recommends setting aside an hour in the morning to make a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy lunch. He likes to leave the house with enough food fuel to last the entire day (and sometimes night.) 

3. What Are You Looking Forward To?

Wake up in the morning with something to look forward to.  Whether it is a daily activity or weekend plans or a future vacation. 

Put those fun things on your calendar right in between all the “work stuff.”

In education we get to make a difference everyday but it is still a job and sometimes it really helps to have a non-work activity to look forward to. 

What are you looking forward to?

4. A Hard Stop

The work is endless. It will be there tomorrow. As a leader in education we have to be realistic. It is better for everyone if you have a hard end to your day. 

You got to this position because are a “doer” and there is so much to do. Technology makes it possible to continue working into the night. Make a rule with yourself. The day ends at X. Head home and recharge. Everyone is better off for it. 

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