The Forgotten One | 123Read&Write

Educational blog entry about how not to forget about keeping yourself happy and healthy, while going through your daily activities. 

Teaching (in my humble opinion) is the most honorable of all professions. There’s no greater responsibility  than that of engaging and developing the minds of our nation’s children. Parenthood (again, in my opinion) is the most important responsibility one can have. Since I’m lucky enough to be both a teacher and a parent, I have some major responsibilities to adhere to, which I take very seriously. I want to be the best teacher for my students. I want to be the best parent I can be for my children. However, over the years, I’ve learned an important truth. I also need some time for me, as well! Why? It’s a rejuvenation process.

For example, exercise is important to me. If I have a workout in my mind I’d like to accomplish for the day, it kind of weighs on my mind during the day, until I’m able to complete whatever exercise activity I had in mind. With this on my mind, it prohibits me from being fully engaged or “in the moment” of anything else during the day. It’s almost like a burden. As the day’s busy schedule continues to build, it may become apparent that I will miss my workout. This creates a stressful situation in my mind.

In regards to stress management, one of the best ways for me to decompress is to take some time for me. This “me” time doesn’t necessarily have to be exercise. It may be playing music, painting a picture, meditating, reading a book, etc. The bottom line is a little “me time” is an important part of a happy and healthy life. The most difficult task of getting some “me time” is to get over the guilt factor that I’m letting somebody else down in the process. However, as noted, if I don’t get that important time to myself, it weighs on me; not allowing me to fully engage in the other aspects of my daily routine.

Overall, the beauty of “me time” is that it is a “cleansing” process. The outside world and its corresponding routines can create a great deal of internal noise. For example:

  • I have to remember to go grocery shopping.
  • I have to get this packet of papers graded by the next day.
  • I’m in charge of carpooling to practice tonight.
  • I have to do the bills by tomorrow.

This could go on for a long, long time creating a great deal of inner turmoil. By carving out time for “me”, it makes the craziness of the remaining day much more manageable. Remember this . . . to take care of those around you, you need to care for your well-being, as well. It’s a win-win for everyone!