A new semester of school brings fresh challenges for educators (mentally, emotionally, and physically).

Teachers, professors, educators, advisors, student leaders, and activists have shared throughout the years how busy this time of the year is for everyone.  For middle schools and high schools, the first semester is wrapping up.  For colleges and universities, a new semester is about to begin.  Not surprisingly, do you notice how many people get sick during this 3 or 4 weeks?  Stress.

Those of you who devote your lifes to helping others often forget to take care of yourselves.  A common mistake for many of us.  What do you do to relax and take care of yourself?  Quickly grab a piece of paper.  Draw a line down the middle so that you have 2 columns.  Above one column write, "Relax" and at the top of the other column, write "Taking Care of Me."  Now, write down everything you ENJOY doing to relax and to take care of yourself.  If you have too short of a list, ask people what they like.  Suddenly, you should have a nice list for yourself.  Look at your daily schedule and take 30 minutes twice a day to do one of the "Relax" items and 30 minutes for one of the "Taking Care of Me" choices.  The bigger the list, the better.  Variety and options are key to most people sticking with a plan.  Best of all, this approach makes taking care of you FUN!!

Start right here on this blog.  Leave a COMMENT listing as many items as you can think of for "Relax" and "Taking Care of ME."  The more we share, the more we tend to receive!

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