Self Care Experiences

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Self-Care Shouldn’t Be an Emergency Measure

Maureen Connolly

By reimagining teacher self-care as a “first-class” experience, educators can model well-being for students and provide them with innovative and enjoyable learning experiences.

I love a good metaphor, but the one about self-care being an oxygen mask just doesn’t make sense. Let’s start with the obvious: Oxygen masks are important tools to help us keep breathing in an emergency. Self-care is about taking steps to support the best versions of ourselves—it does not require us to be in crisis or in need of emergency support.

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