Episode 19: Recommit.
Description: Recommit. Reiterate. Renew. Rededicate. Reaffirm. Return.
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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 19 of our second season of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is to recommit. This episode is coming out on January 23rd, as we move into the week; some of you will be listening to this on January 24th. And, this is when a lot of people start to let go of those New Year's resolutions or those good intentions that they set for themselves for the new year. And so, this week I want you to recommit. What I mean by this is forgive yourself. If you set out at the start of the school year with these big visions and goals, and you are going to do this and that, that is normal. That it's common. That is what society tells us we should be doing. And, if you have not done exactly what you wanted to do, that can take a hit on our esteem, and I'm going to invite you to let it go.
You guys, you walked back into a school year that's just, oh, again, just ridiculous. Some of you, I know have been out of school. Some of you are barely hanging on. We don't have enough bus drivers or subs, and it's just, all of it is so stinking hard. And, remember when things get hard in times of stress in times of crisis and trauma, what tends to go first--our level one needs. Right? Diet, sleep, and exercise. Everything gets just impacted. And, because so many of us really set about to set these intentions and resolutions around our level one needs getting more sleep, drinking the stupid water, letting go of sugar in some ways ... Right? Thinking, rethinking our exercise habits and committing to moving our bodies ...
You may have stumbled and perhaps not stuck with the things that you swore that this year you're going to stick with. So, here's the deal. It's okay. First of all, forgive yourself. Remember self-compassion. Don't beat yourself up. I want you to take Kristin Neff's incredible advice and speak to ... How you would speak to someone you love? If your very best friends set out to have these great intentions for the new year and then fell into some really hard times and didn't stick with those intentions, you would never say to that person, Uh, God, I can't believe it. I can't believe you're ... You're such an idiot that you can't do that. Why couldn't you do that? You would never do that. It's hard for me to even say that. That was painful. Instead you would say, Of course you're struggling to meet those goals. Look at everything else going on. Look at what you are doing well.
Each day is opportunity to start again. You know, January 1st, isn't really an arbitrary date to decide to make all of these changes. So, maybe this is the week that you say, You know, Oh, I'm going to recommit. Maybe you're going to totally change what your goals were. Maybe those simply weren't working. Maybe they were too big. And so, maybe you go back to James Clear's idea around atomic habits. Make your goals, teeny, tiny, super small things that you can do. For example, if you set out to work out four days a week, and that's just not happening, pause and do an audit where you think about, okay, how often did you work out and how do you break that down? So, if four days a week didn't work for you, could you try to do two days a week? Could you say, instead of committing to a certain number of days, maybe you say, You know what, I'm just going to do something. Some teeny tiny little thing on work week days. And, maybe that teeny tiny little thing is taking a loop around the school before you go home, and you call it good, and you celebrate yourself, and you build these small, tiny, little habits.
Or, maybe you decided that, You know what? Working on setting these goals around movement just doesn't feel good right now, because of the truth of the matter is I'm not sleeping. And so, you totally change what your intentions were and you say, I'm going to just focus on sleep right now. And, once I get my sleep really settled, then I can go back and think about what else I want to. Or, maybe you tackled the 22 minutes of something that you are going to do in 2022 and 22 minutes just feels like a really long time. Break it down and do something for two minutes. Two minutes a day is how you start to build those habits.
So, my invitation again is to recommit. Maybe you give yourself some time to do some reflection, to do a really honest audit of how you have been doing in terms of your goals. And, I want you to celebrate what you have done. Don't skip over that. And then, decide. Are you going to continue? Do you want to change your course? Do you need to, again, rebuild that support group that we talked about last time? Find that loving accountability group. Really seek out to find like-minded people that have similar goals, where you can all support each other, whatever. Recommit. Recommit with kindness and compassion and truly thinking about how do you want to feel this year? It's not too late. We're still in January. How do you want to feel this year? And what can you do to make that happen? I'm cheering so hard for you. This entire squad is. Feel so many hands on your back as you recommit to yourself. That's really what I'm asking. Recommit to yourself this week.
As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this platform and this job that I get to do. And, above all, thank you to you. My bad-ass Self-Care Squad. God, you bring me so much joy. I'm so grateful for all of you. Oh, I want you to recommit to yourself. You are worth it. Have an amazing week.