Education is one area that has been greatly affected by our global condition. Though we are prepared for remote learning, the teacher’s scope of roles and responsibilities have become vast that demanded more time, more presence, more assessments, more concerns. The academic experience is not the sole concern of our faculty but the student wellness is likewise given attention to since we operate on care, care that is more pronounced. The usuals were dropped, and paved way for new things, new innovations that in effect gave adjustments to keep on.
By this time, staying absolutely positive throughout is an undeniable daily struggle, especially if you have a lot on your plate and your being may be running out of fuel at times.
We recognize this kind of state, and we start by saying that this is not a case in isolation. Even the mature, the high spirited, the time-tested strength and your resilient you can really go through tough days, much tougher than the previous, with roller coaster of emotions, sadness, grief, downheartedness, and so the list goes. But it starts there. Recognizing that you are not fine signals your psyche that you are not that ok today; hence, you have to do something to be fine or at least go through the day and perform your to do’s even when not that perfectly ok.
Again, that is a good sign. You have recognized your low spirit; therefore, that gives you a mental note that you have to give time to you, your well-being, that you might be forgetting or missing out.
Teachers for instance have a tendency to put others first because caring for others is the priority of this noble profession. Caring for others has been ingrained in the very core of our beings. Beautifully crafting lessons for students’ development, critical thought and appreciation and designing them based on frameworks and pedagogical beliefs, monitoring and evaluating student performance and engagement, among other responsibilities entail dedication., not to mention the technical developments that we need to explore and learn. All these can demand so much which often leaves a little portion of compassion left for our very own being that we are either not aware of or sometimes we are conscious of, but more often not foregrounded because we choose others and our responsibilities.
Despite the craziness and the uncertainties around, it is essential to be certain on how well you can best take care of yourself as you efficiently perform your duties at work, with your family and your other circles and turfs. Let not the apprehensions and exhaustions triumph in these challenging times. And if feeling overwhelmed, know that you are not the only one.
The actualization of one’s purpose is always tied to serving and being compassionate to others, one that we thoroughly learn this pandemic. But it is not healthy as well to deprive yourself of your most deserved rest, recreation and replenishment.
Do not wait to be down the drain.
Please be kind… to yourself as well!
Our bodies are the external machinery that keeps us going. Keeping it healthy and strong is paramount to achieving our goals. Having a healthy balanced diet, keeping ourselves hydrated, constant physical activity and exercise, maintaining enough sleep and rest and having regular check-ups are just some of the things we need to safeguard in order to stay physically well.
Our brain and mental faculties are situated on top of anatomical structure for a reason. It dictates the direction where we are going. As the seat of our logic, reason, and intellect, keeping it well is essential to our being productive beings. Reading, watching educational or entertaining materials, engaging in simple mental exercises, mindfulness practice, yoga, listening to calming music and plain mental rest are just some of the ways to keep oneself mentally well.
We often hear the expression, “emotions cloud the mind” and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. When we lose hold of our emotions, drastic actions that we may regret at a later time may happen. In order to rein in our emotions, we need to recognize and process them properly. Resources attest that mindfulness practice, yoga, artistic hobbies and daily exercise helps. Further readings also correlates physical wellness and sufficient sleep to emotional well-being. Likewise, we often hear “think before you act,” and truthfully so. Emotional wellness equates with our motion’s harmonious relations with our cognition.
Faith is complete trust and confidence on something. It is that one’s strong belief in God and the proof of His presence in our church doctrines and our daily experiences. Keeping attuned with our spirituality is one way to keep balance in life amidst struggles. Conversing with our God through daily prayers and meditation, scripture reading, listening to uplifting, inspiring gospel songs, attending mass and church services, recollections, retreats and other religious, or social civic activities, or engaging in a few moments of silence are some ways on how to keep oneself attuned to the Divine and keep balance.
We call Mother Nature as such because of human’s inexplicable connection with it. Our belief tells us that we, after all, came from dust. Spending time with nature, breathing and feeling the air, smelling the grass, flowers, feeling the leaves, barks of trees, the rain gives us a calming experience. Being Plantitos or Plantitas and engaging in green hobbies or participating in environment advocacy activities are some of the ways where we can be Environmently well.
Being secured for life emergencies give us some kind of comfort and peace of mind. Not having to worry much about the inevitable future in terms of finances is a worthy kind of wellness. Saving something for the future is a habit that should ideally be started early. Reading and watching materials on finance management or engaging in talks and discussions (and actually trying to work on it) are some ways to keep oneself financially fit.