As a busy teaching professional, it is normal to neglect other areas of your life; however, when you do so, it upsets the balance of your life. Self-improvement is all about maintaining balance in our lives and striving to be a whole person. This is why it is so important to find time to dedicate to all the important areas of your life, not just your teaching career. These 5 ways to become a better teaching professional may help you get motivated to a better balance in your life – there is more to life than work.
Get Adequate Rest
Optimal rest can vary from person to person but not having enough is very counter-productive. Most people need 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night in order to perform at their best. Quality sleep means deep, uninterrupted sleep which can be hard to get for busy professionals with families, but it’s worth it to make a concentrated effort. Look for signs that you aren’t getting adequate sleep such as impatience, irritability, inability to focus, exhaustion, and headaches.
We, humans, are simply not meant to be sedentary. Too many of us lead very idle lives while consuming a high-sugar, high-fat diet. No wonder diabetes is almost an epidemic in the U.S.A. right now. We need to exercise. Whether that means a walk in the park or a trip to the gym or the tennis court, the point is to perform 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times per week. Exercise keeps your mind sharp, improves your sleep, and helps you to de-stress, all positive side-effects.
Eat a Sensible Diet
This goes hand-in-hand with exercise. The bottom line is that by eating healthier, you will look and feel better. Now consider this: learning to control your hunger and cravings for “junk” food will build discipline that will spill over into other areas of your life.
Engage in Daily Meditation/Quiet Time.
The important point here is to take time away from your “to-do” list. If you have religious/spiritual inclinations, pray or meditate. If not, engage in relaxation, “me time” or yoga. Trying to stop that ongoing chatter in your head is not easy, so just relax and let go of the thoughts in your head and focus on your heart for a designated time each day.
Engage Your Creativity
This could mean playing a musical instrument, listening to music, dancing, building something, or gardening. If you have a hobby, pursue it. If you don’t, you may have to consider getting one. This serves as another great outlet to de-stress, cultivate new skills, and enjoy your personal time.
Attending to these 5 core activities will help to create balance in your life. Click To Tweet This is essential to becoming more of what you want to be both as a teaching professional and in your personal life.