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It's Okay To Treat Yourself!

I challenge you, during this wretched time of year for teachers, to do something good for yourself.

Between the stacks of marking, the report card comments, the prepping of final exams, wrapping up year end awards and parties, planning graduations of all kinds, and just, in general, being a teacher in May and June, I challenge you to treat yourself and be good to yourself...you deserve it!

Let's take a look at what that can look like.  I offer to you my list of ways I have treated myself over the years in order to maintain some sanity in the last few weeks of school.

1. Spa it up! 
Run a bubble bath one night with some nice salts, bubbles or anything of the like.  Remember to lock that door so as to not be disturbed, and be sure to light some candles and put on your favourite playlist and RELAX.

2. Cook your favourite meal.
Have you had a craving for that one savoury meal that just puts a smile on your face?  Stop by the grocery store on your way home tonight (leave the marking), and cook for yourself (maybe your family too).  INDULGE and ENJOY.

3. Allot time for your favourite TV show.
Maybe you have a backlog of recorded shows, or it just happens to be the night that "your show" comes on... go find that warm blanket that you like to cozy up with and curl your feet under you on that big lounger or couch and watch that show - guilt free!  TAKE IT IN.

4. Get in that workout.
I know this one doesn't seem like much of a treat, but sometimes it can be!  If you are feeling that tension in your neck that I do when I get stressed, or that eye keeps twitching (I get that too), then maybe intervals on a treadmill, or punching a heavy bag will be just what you need.  Throw on that cardio playlist and hit the gym - WORK IT!

5. Open that bottle.
Yes!  Liquor isn't the solution, but for many people, a nice gorgeous glass of wine, or their finest spirit can be soothing, and oh such a treat.  If you aren't into alcohol, then pour a frosty glass of lemonade, or a warm, frothy cappuccino - whatever your heart desires to soothe the day, don't deny yourself.  Also, don't be afraid because it may be a weekday.  Pour yourself that liquid deliciousness and head to your favourite place in your home, and enjoy some tranquility as you sip on a little taste of heaven.  SIP and SOOTHE.

Whatever it is that will seem like a small indulgence or luxury for this time of year - certainly don't think you are being selfish by allowing yourself to enjoy it.  You need to take care of yourself and be well.  If you accept my challenge, please add #BeWellEDU and #selfcare!

~Charity


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