Self-care is more than a hashtag with @MjmcalliWrites : Educational Technology

It’s the end of a long week. I feel it, too. We like to talk about self-care, but what are we really doing to pull the plug or take care of our health? It’s no secret that many educators haven’t stopped working since March, so the importance of taking care of ourselves must be a top priority.

Here are my suggestions and I would love to hear yours!

Plan a zoom training with the EduNinja Jen Burdis! She has just started a new line of workouts and everyone at all health levels is welcome. To be transparent, I joined the beginner class. It’s a very supportive group. While the thought of group training on Zoom initially intimidated me, it really was an amazing way to bring my health back to the fore. Jen will help you adapt the workout to your needs, regardless of whether you need to take it one level up or down. No shame or embarrassment. She is very encouraging. I hate working out, but I love these classes! It has helped me stop feeling guilty and obsessed with all of the extra weight I’ve gained in the past few months.

Read a book for pleasure! I get laughed at when I reveal that I love a good Harlequin novel or two to take me through the weekend, but if there’s anything that will help me unplug my laptop or phone, this is it Escape I feel with a good book!

Call a friend Strange thingsor soak in a warm tub. Find a new recipe to try or get out one of your favorite comfort dishes. Oh yes, and get out! Take a long drive with your favorite music or go for a hike with your favorite people, but when we go outside we can really shake off tiredness.

Your life is so important

Although we currently have a number of limitations, there are still things we can do to help us relax or regain control of our health. What are you going to do? It’s been a long week, we’ve got a long weekend ahead of us, and if you need a socially aloof hug, here’s one from me. You are important to so many so please make sure you do something just for you!

About the author

Melody McAllister is a wife, mother of five children, educator and author. She and her family moved to Alaska from the Dallas area in 2019. McAllister is 2017 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year and author of the I’m sorry story, a children’s book about taking responsibility for mistakes and making sincere apologies. She is also the logistics manager for EduMatch Publishing. McAllister has spoken to ISTE and ASTE about equity issues in education and writes about her journey on her blog:

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