#59 Shine as an Educator – Do you know yourself?

Early Childhood Educators


Today I propped myself on a log to take some personal time and I will tell you about that
in a moment but
This week I was reflecting on Australia Day and I asked this very important question,
WHAT MAKES YOU A UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATOR?
AND out of this question came private messages, comments and discussions around
– educators not coping
– educators pushing themselves too hard
AND AROUND BURN OUT

Our Critical Reflection Question


What steps can you take BEFORE YOU burn out??
I really want to tell you about my week, where I spent 4 days!!
I literally spent 4 days sitting on a log on the Hawkesbury river.
We camped only a few meters from the waters edge and I know it’s not some peoples
idea of a relaxing time but I absolutely LOVED it.
Chatting with my family, relaxing, reconnecting having some serious down time that I
needed.
I need to emphasise to you – if you are going to be an effective, conscientious, loving
educator that really connects well with your families, goes that extra mile, then you need
to take time out to look after yourself.
Now this week camping
I got a little too much sun,
I’ve eaten a little too much food,
I have seriously saw arms from kayaking
BUT I am refreshed, reconnected, motivated and ready for the next few weeks.
We just took real time out for our family.
We have collected seeds, leaves, sticks to use in the coming week.
It definitely hasn’t been just recouping.
I have also had many awesome discussions about what I will be doing
over the next couple of weeks.
Because that is who I am!
My family knows that’s the types of conversations I like to have.

But here is our Challenge…


Decide on set time you will be claiming for YOU, this year!!
I must emphasise to you – take some time when you need it – take some time
BEFORE you need it!!
It may be 1 of three types of time
1. Small snippets of time, if you struggle to commit to take time for yourself then make
an appointment with yourself. It is easier to tell others you have an appointment and
really make a commitment to yourself.
2. Weekends away or two full days. Do something for YOU.
3. At least 2 if not 4 whole weeks. No exceptions. Book it in. Tell your families or bosses
and work out a savings plan. No exceptions.
You may take just 1 OR seriously all 3.
Plan how you are going to look after yourself.
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
I really love to recharge with family but also stepping away from my environment and
sometimes that means camping which has become something I love.
You may like a 5 star resort and if you plan, budget and look forward to that – then that
is perfect for you.
However you refill your cup is important to you.
Ask another educator – How are they refiling their cups?
How are they taking care of themselves?
How are they finding their versions of balance?
You may be surprised, you may find someone that is in great need of encouragement to
list to this podcast!

Top Tip


Don’t get hung up on finding balance.
We work with children, there is not always going to be balance
But one way we can recognise this is to have a routine or systems in place that will really
help us look after ourselves. Both when times are easy and working well AND when times
are really hard and are taking every bit of our energy to hold everything together.
Be aware of it,
Plan for it,
Take time regularly
Let’s NOT get to that very real place of BURN OUT!
If you are at a place of feeling total burn out then please get some professional help!!
But let’s get you back on track by recognising you need to set up firm boundaries,
routines that work and systems you will be able to rely on whilst on your journey as
an Early Childhood educator.
The Wonderful, resourceful, energetic early childhood educator that we strive so hard to
be!!
P.S.
If you are wanting support with your Reflective practice I am running a four week FREE
challenge, why not download the FREE mini ebook and join us. HERE.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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