You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

Every Classroom Matters episode 211

Angela Maiers #choose2matter

Stress caused me to lose half my hair and gain weight. Stress put Angela in the hospital three times in a year. As much as we love caring for children, we’ve learned very hard lessons that mattering starts with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself. From going offline to exercise to just taking a deep breath, it is time to get real about how you’re treating yourself. Listen Now.

If you aren’t alive, you can’t take care of kids. If you aren’t healthy, you can’t be in the classroom teach and in your best frame of mind. So many of us struggle with this, but it is time to get our lives back. Angela Maiers makes the crucial point that we cannot only live healthy lives in the summertime or during break. We have to live healthy on a daily basis.

Mattering starts with a decision to treat your own body like you matter. Precious teacher, you are important. Start treating yourself like it. Aptly, I listened to this episode as I pounded the elliptical tonight for 20 minutes. It felt great. I have a million things to do, but none is more important than my own physical body. For without a body, I cannot do everything else. If you’re struggling or know someone who is, listen and share this show and ask yourself the hard questions that will help you change.

Aptly, I listened to this episode as I pounded the elliptical tonight for 20 minutes. It felt great. I have a million things to do, but none is more important than my own physical body.  If you’re struggling or know someone who is, listen and share this show and ask yourself the hard questions that will help you change.

Essential Questions: You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

  • How do you step back when you’re overworked and exhausted?
  • How does mattering in your classroom start with how you treat yourself?
  • How can you commit to self-care and why it is so important?
  • What was the hard question Angela asked Vicki over lunch that changed the direction of Vicki’s life?
Listen to all the episodes in this series: Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers.

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4 thoughts on “You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

  1. Thank you for sharing the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to take care of our students. I appreciate your transparency and willingness to share your own personal challenges. I’m a very busy mom, wife, teacher, coach and student in an amazing Masters Program and truly needed to hear your words of encouragement. I can totally relate when you said how you sometimes just leave the grading for another day. I do love my students and realize I need to get better at getting enough sleep in order for my brain to truly function at its best. Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear that:)

  2. Great blog! It is so true that we must take care of our self before we can take care of others. For myself, I think stepping back is hard to do especially when you know you have so much to do, but I feel when you are taking care of yourself and feeling refreshed and energized you can do so much more and that reminder makes it that much easier to step back