2018 New Year Resolutions for Educators

Get more sleep.  Make it a priority to get the appropriate amount of sleep for you each night.  This is usually between 7 and 9 hours.  A sleepy, un-rested educator is often a grumpy, under par achieving educator and more prone to be sick and make mistakes.

Faith and family should come before your job.  This is easier said than done, but will result in a more satisfied, content educator in the classroom.

Plan your eating.  It is easy to eat unconsciously when you are busy and stressed.  Choose quality food you enjoy that will satisfy and satiate your cravings.  Avoid “grazing” and random eating.  This can contribute to weight gain and dissatisfaction with oneself.

Exercise several times a week.  Even if it is just a 15 minute brisk walk or a short yoga routine, do something.

Pare down excessive extracurricular activities for your children.  Running here and there every night of the week is exhausting for families.  We all need some down time to rest and reflect.

There is nothing wrong with getting help from your peers.  New curriculum and technology can present new headaches until you master them.  Ask a peer whom you respect if you have questions.  You may be the one to help that person with the next new directive.

Hire a housekeeper.  Having a clean house to come home to can make all the difference in how you feel.  If money is not available for weekly help, opt for bi-monthly, or even monthly.

The bottom line to our New Year Resolutions is, “take care of yourself, so you can be a better educator!”

Good luck and “Happy New Year!”

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