Every CB student has had a teacher express the importance of getting enough sleep, staying off their phones at night, and treating themselves with the utmost care. But do they practice what they preach? Prioritizing self-care is critical for both students and staff. Self-care is a conscious choice to better your mental health. Psychology and […]
Every CB student has had a teacher express the importance of getting enough sleep, staying off their phones at night, and treating themselves with the utmost care. But do they practice what they preach?
Prioritizing self-care is critical for both students and staff. Self-care is a conscious choice to better your mental health. Psychology and History teacher Mr. Michael Hood incorporates self-care into his daily routine through various practices such as walking, meditation, stretching, and writing. He describes self-care as “a daily consistent practice that has to be intentional.”
These practices seem simple, but are very effective towards his overall well-being. His self-care involves managing, fortifying and maintaining his own person, and he consciously decides to do something that will better himself physically and mentally, which establishes a base of stability.
Self-care is personal and unique to every individual. Literature teacher Ms. Lisa Bronson refers to self-care as “building practices for you individually.” She practices self-care by eating right, walking a lot, and praying daily, allowing her to live her life full of energy. Her practice is suitable for her personal needs. She appreciates life by feeling good and looking good.
“I’m practically Oprah,” she jokingly says.
Mr. Hood has recently started art therapy by doing a little piece of art each day.
“While I’m doing it, I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m hyper focused, so its a meditation in its own way.”
He also explained how “radical acceptance” helps him cope with his vision loss. He constantly works with his personal struggles by practicing self-care. Every individual deals with their own pain and struggle — establishing a task or hobby that matters to them helps manage discomfort.
Along with caring for himself, Mr. Hood supports his students’ self-care by incorporating mediation at the beginning of class periods. It’s two minutes of simple silence, taking the time to just focus on your breathing, and let go of any wandering thoughts. Exercising self-care early creates positive habits.
“If I have to force them to do it so be it,” Mr. Hood says.
English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket also does meditation at the start of block day. She incorporates breathing, stretching, and mantras. This has proven to be very beneficial for her students because slowing down the mind establishes focus.
CB as a community supports self-care through daily prayer before each class.
“Letting everything go, giving yourself over to God is part of taking care of yourself,” Mrs. Bronson says. In regards to letting things go, CB’s counseling department is also a reliable resource for students or teachers to come to when they need guidance or just someone to talk to.
Coming from a public school background, Mr. Hood acknowledges that “CB has been the best counseling department I’ve ever seen.” The counseling department provides support for all of the CB community no matter the circumstances. Asking for help is a strength — recognizing you can’t always struggle alone is also a form of self-care.
Self-care is a choice no matter your age. Consciously making an effort to improve your personal state of mind or body establishes healthy living.