Self Care Ideas

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First it was #mindfulness, then it was #hygge, now the buzzword of the moment seems to be #selfcare. In no way am I criticising this – I actually think these “trends” that should be common sense are beneficial – it’s kind of sad that enjoying pleasant things and taking proper care of ourselves is fashionable rather than something everyone just does. But if we need hashtags, magazine headlines and blog posts to remind us to take a step back, switch off and do something we enjoy and makes us feel good, then so be it – as long as we actually do it.

Self Care is different for everyone, but there are some basic things that everyone should be doing to take care of their bodies and minds, for overall health and wellbeing. However, I suspect many people (myself included) neglect the most basic things:

  1. Eating regular, healthy meals.
  2. Getting enough sleep.
  3. Doing, and enjoying, exercise.

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Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

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I’ve just finished my second month of being a 3rd and 4th grade teacher (about 5 weeks of teaching totally by myself, unsupervised.) Naturally it has been a huge learning curve and I know I’ve still got a long way to go before I feel totally organised and confident (and like I’m actually good at it) but I’ve made some observations along the way. A lot of what I’ve learnt about teaching, and about kids, has come as quite unexpected. Even teacher friends and relatives couldn’t have prepared me for a lot of them.  Continue reading

Packing 101: Capsule Wardrobes and Kindles

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I think packing a suitcase for most people goes a little something like this:

  1. Open suitcase.
  2. Empty entire wardrobe onto bed.
  3. Go and do something else.

Nobody enjoys packing for a trip of any length – why is it so difficult to fill (not overfill) a suitcase? Why is it that, regardless of how little you actually need, you always end up sitting on the damn thing trying to get it closed? And why is packing so boring/tiring? I don’t know.

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2017 “Booket” List

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I’ve got to admit, I love making New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to have so many good intentions but at the end of the day, most of them turn out to be too much effort or not much fun (looking at you, diet and exercise.) But the one resolution I consistently make and fully mean to stick to is to read more. I love looking at books, hearing about books when people recommend them to me and even buying books, but they usually end up in a sad, ever-growing pile on my shelf. However, at the end of last year I sort of got into a reading habit, I’m enjoying it, I feel good about it, so hopefully I’ll stick to it! So, I’ve compiled a list of books I’ve been hearing about and really want to read this year. Here they are!

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How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

I have just finished reading How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (which I bought when I was looking for How To Be A Woman) and was surprised by how much I got into it. I have been wanting to get hold of How To Be A Woman for a while having heard that it’s funny, relatable reading with a strong feminist message. Amazon describes it as “part memoir, part rant,” so I think and hope it might help me out with my own rants.

 

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is another author who has been on my list for a while. I’m quite ashamed that I have never read anything of hers as she was and is such an influential voice on the subject of equality, both for women and people of colour. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book in the series that makes up her autobiography, so I think it’s a good place to start.

 

 

 

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