Prioritize Yourself! September is Self-Care Awareness Month
As an afterschool professional or leader you are expected to prioritize the wellness of those around you. But how often are you prioritizing yourself? Neglecting your own wellness and putting your self-care on the back burner only does a disservice to those who look to you for leadership.
The National AfterSchool Association knows that it takes a selfless person to do the work you do. However, it’s important to note that proper self-care is not selfish. It’s about being in tune with your emotions, communicating clearly, and speaking up for yourself. Self-care is allowing yourself to say yes or no, guilt-free and to model this for others.
In honor of Self-Care Awareness Month, we encourage our members to prioritize themselves. Make a commitment to yourself during the month of September to implement at least one form of self-care into your daily routine. It can be something as minimal as intentional morning breaths or something extravagant like a weekend away from the everyday pressures.
For more ideas check out these resources:
- The Afterschool Professional’s Guide to Self-Care
- Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First
- 104 Self-Care Strategies for Afterschool Professionals
- Self Care in 2021 Facebook Group
Article and photo courtesy of NAA.