We teach it. We preach it. But do we practice it?
All mental health professionals know the importance of self care, so why do we so often find ourselves burned out and in need of serious rejuvenation? We care, we give, we advocate, we teach, we listen. We need to take care of ourselves too.
I put together this School Counselor Summer Self Care Challenge in hopes that we can spend some time over the summer caring for ourselves. When the phone isn’t ringing and the walkie talkie isn’t buzzing, we can take time to truly remember how much self care refreshes our minds, our bodies, and our abilities to keep up with the work flow. My hope is that the daily practice of self care during July will carry over once school begins in August or September.
Self care is personal, so if the items on this calendar just don’t do it for you, pick another activity you enjoy. Just do something for you. These are simply suggestions to get you started on the right foot for a July full of relaxation, joy, and self love.
If you want to join in with other school counselors participating in the Summer Self Care Challenge, use the hashtag #SCselfcarechallenge on Instagram! I’ll be ‘gramming my way through the summer @counselorkeri. Click the calendar below to download your (free) copy.
If you want to read more about the importance of self-care for counselors, check out this great article from Counseling Today.