Although you may be saying “good-bye” to Winter, do you feel like you have jumped on the “get it all done by the end of the year” roller coaster? It happens every year. The weather warms up and with it comes all the preparations for the end of the year events. The whiplash comes when there is planning ahead for the summer. How is it even possible to be thinking of the needs of the Outdoor Classroom?
I hear you. This time of year, it always feels like there is just not enough time in the day to juggle everything that needs to get done. I get it. I’ve been there. I’m often caught on this roller coaster ride.
What if I told you there is a better way? What if I told you that in order to truly care for your children, you have to take care of yourself first.
I have learned to jump off and want to show you a better way to take care of yourself so YOU can also experience the hum of happy and healthy children at play.
“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, not what is left of you.” Katie Reed
TIP 1: SET A SELF CARE GOAL
What are your goals? Make your goals measurable and goals that you are willing to put effort into. Write them down. Visualize them being met. Act as if you have already achieved them. Visualize your success over and over.
TIP 2: CREATE A MORNING PRACTICE
Sit in a quiet space. Anchor your thoughts with emotions and your body. Meditate and journal.
TIP 3: EXERCISE & EAT WELL
Choose a method of movement that works for you. Ideas include yoga, running, biking, walking, gardening, and swimming. I like to mix it up. Choose a time of day that works for you and create a habit. Now take a closer look at what you are eating. Is it something you can grow in your Outdoor Classroom?
TIP 4: SCHEDULE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOURSELF EACH WEEK
This can be anything that brings joy to YOU. Purchase a new plant for your garden. Schedule a massage. Make a date with a friend. Buy a new outfit. Get your nails done. Read. Sip tea. Walk barefoot in the garden. Make a bouquet of flowers. Call a friend and say “I love you.”
TIP 5: SPEND TIME IN NATURE
Research tells us that Nature heals. Nature reduces stress, anger and, anxiety and increases wellbeing and happiness. Find time each day outside. Create a “sit spot.” Choose a garden to work on each day. Take a walk. Walk your dog. Sip your tea outdoors. Listen to the birds. Inhale and exhale. Put your hands in the MUD!
COME PLAY WITH US!