I cannot believe summer break is over. No longer are the days of sleeping in, wearing workout clothes all day, not doing my hair, and walking dogs. No more perfectly clean house, dinners done on time, and frequent grocery store stops. Basically, life is about to get busy again.
Last year was my first year being a school social worker and boy oh boy was it a learning experience. My self care suffered last school year to say the least. I found myself so unhappy and isolated from the world. But now that I’ve had a solid two months off and time to reflect on what I need to do differently, I can be more prepared to take on the year! Here are my ten goals for me, my relationship, and my professional life during the school year.
- Do something for myself every day
Any helping profession can testify that it seems we give of ourselves all day to those who need it most. And honestly, we enjoy doing that, its where our passion lies- but it is SO important for us to do something for ourselves every. single. day. My goal is to take 30 minutes out of my day to do something I enjoy. Examples include: Watching my favorite TV show reruns (Friends never gets old), sitting outside with a glass of wine, going on a walk with Alan and the fur babies, cleaning (that’s weird, I know), and reading.
- Reflect on the high and low points of the day
I’m all about processing feelings. To me, it’s important to reflect on how I felt throughout the day and why I felt that way. This is also a time when Alan and I get to talk about our days and vent. My specific goal is to leave the frustrations of the day behind and rejoice in the victories.
- Take a lunch break
No matter what profession you’re in, I think most people would say they don’t take an adequate lunch break- I’m one of those people. Work never stops does it? The thing is, that work is going to be there when you come back. What’s more important is that you are rejuvenated and ready to take on that workload. Do yourself a favor, take a lunch break every day!
- Surround myself with people who are supportive
Life is hard sometimes…or all the time. I’m encouraging myself to spend more time with the people who care about my well-being, who want the best for me, and can provide a listening ear. Specifically, at least once a week, I want to speak with one of those people in my life to share what’s going on in each other’s lives and provide support.
- Tackle one task at a time
This goal is hard to measure, but I’m going to try by making a to-do list. Being a Type A personality, I love lists! My goal is to make a list of the things I need to complete in the workday and tackle only one item at a time.
- Be intentional
Last school year got pretty messy. Sometimes it seemed like I was at a standstill in providing therapy to my students and when I reflect back, it seems that was due to me not being intentional about what I was offering. It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of the day and get sidetracked, especially when you’re dealing with 5-18 year olds. The goal is to plan ahead and be intentional about what I am going to offer my students.
- Make a list of goals every month pertaining to my work, myself, and upcoming marriage
Another lis! I think this goal kind of wraps into the previous one, but it’s important to give ourselves purpose and that’s what monthly goals will do for me. Also, as life changes my goals will change so making a new list every month is necessary. At the beginning of every month, I will make a list of three to four goals I’d like to accomplish in work, self care, and my relationship.
- Ask myself what I need to walk away from
I struggle with this one. Most of the time, it seems like I get caught up in things I shouldn’t such as gossip, negative people, etc. I want to take time once a month to decide what is going wrong/right in life and decide to fix it or walk away.
- Stay active
With a wedding coming up, this is imperative but it’s also important for my self care routine. Working out and eating right gives me more energy and helps me feel accomplished throughout my day. If I set aside time to workout AND do something else just for me, I’ll be in good shape. My goal is to workout five times a week for 45 minutes.
- Stay social
I can’t tell y’all how many times Alan and I get made fun of for being homebodies. We just love to hang out with our dogs, we can’t help it. With that being said, staying home sometimes takes a toll on my mental health. I’m one of those people who is introverted but also outgoing so when I stay home, I don’t feel connected to the world. This school year, I am going to encourage myself (and Alan) to make plans with friends at least once a week whether it be for dinner, drinks, or fur baby play dates.
School is now in session, friends! What’re you doing to make sure you’re ready?